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Most cancer patients would like to talk with their doctors about financial concerns

  • Posted: May 17, 2013

Most cancer patients would like to talk about the cost of their care with their doctors, but often don't because they fear the discussion could compromise the quality of their treatment, researchers at Duke Cancer Institute report. Yet many patients who do broach the subject of finances believe it helps decrease costs. The study is slated for presentation June 3 at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago.

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