A letter to the editor referencing “Objective and subjective financial burden and its associations with health-related quality of life among lung cancer patients”
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To the editor:
A number of previous studies suggests that the financial burden of cancer care has several adverse effects on patients, including the financial problems, such as medical debts or bankruptcy, as well as poor adherence to cancer treatment, such as forgoing or delaying necessary medical care or avoiding filling prescriptions . Also, the high financial burden of cancer care has been linked to lower health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of cancer patients [2, 3, 4, 5]. In the April 2018 issue of the Supportive Care in Cancer, Chen et al. also presented negative associations of the financial burden of cancer care with HRQOL among lung cancer patients . The authors investigated both objective and subjective measures of financial burden at the same time within a study and they found that both financial burdens are significantly associated with lower HRQOL of patients with lung cancer. Meanwhile, previous studies measured the financial burden by using either a subjective...
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