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Duke Cancer Institute (DCI) Blog provides updates, organizational announcements, the latest in funding opportunities and information on upcoming conferences and symposiums. This blog also highlights inspiring patient stories and the accomplishments and achievements of DCI faculty and staff. Subscribers are invited to submit story ideas and other news of interest. Email submissions and feedback to Karen E. Butler, Director of Communications, Duke Cancer Institute.

Cost of Breast Cancer Surgery Influences Many Women’s Treatment

Even among well-educated women with health insurance coverage, a significant proportion said the costs of cancer treatment influenced the type of surgery they chose for breast cancer treatment, a study led by the Duke Cancer Institute found. The finding, published online in the Journal of Oncology...

Bringing To Light Topics of Global Relevance: Healthcare Access, Equity and Real-World Data

In January 2019, Sylvia Rice’s life changed when the mother of four was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic pancreatic cancer. “The nurse walked in and she looked at my mom and said, ‘you have cancer, it’s metastatic but we do not know yet where the primary tumor is coming from,” recalled Sylvia Rice...

Breast Cancer Patients Prefer Knowing Costs Prior to Starting Treatment

patientfinancialtoxicity.jpg Even when they had good health insurance coverage, women with breast cancer reported having financial worries related to their care, and the vast majority said they preferred to know about treatment costs at the time of diagnosis. The findings from a study by Duke...

No One Should Battle Cancer Alone, Community Helps

Diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer and admitted to a local hospital, Laura Gould-White, 48, a wife and mother of three, found herself besieged by bill collectors even as she was fighting for her life. “As a stay-at-home mom it’s been my responsibility to handle the finances,” she said, tears...

Seed Funds Awarded For Financial Toxicity Study

Duke Cancer Institute radiation oncologists Yvonne Mowery, MD, PhD; David Brizel, MD; and Fumiko Chino, MD; have been granted $50,971 in seed funding by the Radiation Oncology Institute (ROI) (affiliated with the American Society for Radiation Oncology) for their forthcoming study evaluating...

Making Pigs Fly? Investigators Up To The Challenge

When Duke Cancer Institute researcher Christopher Pirozzi, PhD, was an intern doing stem cell research in Australia, he spotted a child’s mobile of a pig with wings in one of the director’s offices. He said it embodied exactly what research meant to him — making the seemingly impossible, possible...

Zafar Named To The Samfund Advisory Council

Yousuf Zafar, MD, associate professor of medicine and public policy, has been named to The Samfund Advisory Council . In his role on the council, Zafar will provide guidance on research and outcomes so as to enhance the organization's ability to navigate the financial aftermath of cancer care. The...

Out-of-Pocket Costs Exceed What Many Insured Cancer Patients Expect to Pay

A third of insured people with cancer end up paying more out-of-pocket than they expected, despite having health coverage, researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute have found. The data showed that costs such as copays and deductibles could lead to financial distress among insured patients of all...

DCI Cancer Clinicians Tackle Financial Toxicity

Financial toxicity. Google it and you’ll find it’s the new catchphrase to describe the escalating costs of cancer care. The leading killer of patients under 85, the national expenditure on cancer is in the $200 billion range and overall patient spending on cancer treatment can easily reach tens of...

Mobile Financial Assistance Tool in Development

Yousuf Zafar, MD, MHS, and healthcare technology company Vivor are the recent recipients of a National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute six-month grant of $224,997, which will fund initial development of a novel technology-based method designed to reduce cancer patients’ financial...

ACA Policies and Out-of-Pocket Caps

A hypothetical leukemia patient buying the life-extending drug therapy for his condition would reach his annual out-of-pocket maximum in a month on most of the bronze policies and half of the silver policies offered through the Affordable Care Act marketplace. The findings, reported by researchers...

Addressing the Costs of Cancer Care

Patients coping with cancer face numerous challenges, from the emotional reaction to a diagnosis, to lasting, difficult treatment regimens, to having to face their own mortality. As the costs of health care continue to rise, they are also facing an additional challenge—finding a way to pay for...