In addition to approvals for new molecular drugs, we can anticipate more FDA approvals for new indications for many innovative cancer drugs as precision medicine advances further. Inasmuch as we should be celebrating the fruits of our collective work in advancing the science of oncology, as custodians of patient-centered cancer care, we are concerned about whether our patients will benefit or be priced out of the market because of high OOP costs for cancer drugs and high insurance premiums, which incorporate higher spending projections on cancer treatment.
As our armamentarium of effective cancer therapies continues to expand, incorporating next-generation targeted therapies and immunotherapy, clinicians must arm themselves with knowledge about the sources of financial toxicity of cancer treatment and the impact of this toxicity on our patients.
In this setting, to stem the current tide of rising costs, clinicians must leverage this knowledge to move the policy discussion on costs of care forward and act now on access, affordability, and value in the use of these novel therapies. We acknowledge the comments and suggestions of Prof. Deborah Schrag on an early draft of the article. Victoria S. Blinder is a consultant for Workplace Transitions for People Touched by Cancer, which provides an online, publicly available tool kit for employers seeking to accommodate patients with cancer and their caregivers at work.
Blinder has been provided by the Anthem Foundation and Pfizer Oncology. Pricivel M. Carrera and Hagop M. Kantarjian made no disclosures. CA Cancer J Clin. Author manuscript; available in PMC Jul Kantarjian , MD, 2 and Victoria S. Blinder , MD, MSc 3. Hagop M. Find articles by Victoria S. Author information Copyright and License information Disclaimer. Corresponding author: Pricivel M.
Copyright notice. See other articles in PMC that cite the published article. Keywords: antineoplastic agents, costs and cost analysis, decision making, health financing, oncologists, precision medicine, referral and consultation, supportive care. Introduction In , about experts in chronic myeloid leukemia penned an editorial drawing attention to the high prices of cancer drugs. Expensive Cancer Drugs That the issue of cancer drug prices is perhaps nowhere more pressing than in the United States is underpinned by the particularities pertaining to market authorization and reimbursement and health care financing and funding.
Open in a separate window. Peter B. Payment limits for prior years vary and are described briefly in the table below and in more detail within the previously mentioned article. The lowest total dosing regimen within the first FDA-approved indication for the drug is used in all cases. The prices shown are for the listed drug only; costs for supportive care or administration fees are not included. Evidence About Financial Burden on and Financial Distress by Patients With Cancer There have been no large studies of financial toxicity as a composite of objective financial burden and subjective financial stress among patients with cancer undergoing treatment, particularly as it relates to the newer classes of drugs.
Evidence on Outcomes of Financial Toxicity The abandonment, delay, and discontinuation of treatment form part of the arsenal of strategies that patients with cancer use to cope with the financial burden of treatment. The Role of Clinicians in Managing Financial Toxicity Oncologists and other clinicians have been leading voices in the discussion of patient access to lifesaving health care, and they are increasingly vocal on the issue of the affordability of cancer drugs.
TABLE 2. TABLE 3. Can we talk about it? How much will I have to pay myself? Supportive Care in the Management of Financial Toxicity In patient-centered cancer care, supportive care or palliative care is offered to the patient early and continues through the transition to end-of-life and hospice care.
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And for most, this is more than just a short-term commitment. Similar shares of middle-aged, younger and older adults say they have provided some financial support to their aging parents in the past year. It is worth noting that many parents age 65 or older may not be in need of financial assistance, so there is not necessarily a disconnect between the share saying adult children have a responsibility to provide for an aging parent who is in need and the share who have provided this type of support.
Overall, Americans are more likely to be providing financial support to a grown child than they are to an aging parent. Here the burden falls much more heavily on adults who are middle-aged than on their younger or older counterparts. Very few of those under age 40 have a grown child. The focus in this report is on the financial flows from middle-aged adults to their aging parents and their grown children.
Of course, money also flows from parents who are 65 or older to their middle-aged children. While the new Pew Research survey did not explore these financial transfers, previous surveys have found that a significant share of older adults provide financial help to their grown children. A Pew Research survey conducted in Sept.
But for those in their 60s and beyond who do still have a living parent, the likelihood that the parent will need caregiving is relatively high. Fully half of adults age 60 or older with a living parent say the parent needs help with day-to-day living. When aging adults need assistance handling their affairs or caring for themselves, family members often help out.
In addition to helping their aging parents with day-to-day living, many adults report that their parents rely on them for emotional support. Not surprisingly, the older the parent, the more likely he or she is to require emotional support.
Emotional support also flows from parents to grown children, even children who are financially independent. When it comes to grown children, there is a link between financial and emotional support. When the Pew Research Center explored this topic in , Baby Boomers made up the majority of the sandwich generation.
Middle-aged adults who make up the core of the sandwich generation are living out these challenges and, in the process, perhaps ushering in a new set of family dynamics. Most middle-aged parents with grown children say their relationship with their children is different from the relationship they had with their own parents at a comparable age. The remainder of this report will look at the basic building blocks of intergenerational relationships in more detail.
The first section will look at attitudes about financial responsibilities and the reality of financial transfers. The second section will look at caregiving for older adults. How many older adults need assistance with day-to-day living, and who is providing that care? The third section will look at emotional ties across generations and explore the extent to which aging parents rely on their children and grown children rely on their parents for emotional support.
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