Chart showing increase While the median monthly price of new cancer treatments has sharply increased since 1995, patients’ median monthly income has essentially stayed flat. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Patients are preoccupied with the financial burden of rising cancer care costs. Slightly more people were worried about the financial burden of care than about dying from cancer, according to a 2018 survey.

“So this is something that is really a concern for our patients,” Dr. Fumiko Chino, a radiation oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, said at the Advanced Topics for Oncology Pharmacy Professionals Summit.

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