NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,370 terms related to cancer and medicine.
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- financial burden
- listen (fy-NAN-shul BUR-den)
- In medicine, a term used to describe problems a patient has related to the cost of medical care. Not having health insurance or having a lot of costs for medical care not covered by health insurance can cause financial problems and may lead to debt and bankruptcy. Financial burden can also affect a patient’s quality of life and access to medical care. For example, a patient may not take a prescription medicine or may avoid going to the doctor to save money. Cancer patients are more likely to have financial burden than people without cancer. Also called economic burden, economic hardship, financial distress, financial hardship, financial stress, and financial toxicity.