Do discussions of financial burdens decrease long-term financial toxicity in adolescent and young adult cancer survivors? Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer Wu, V. S., Benedict, C., Friedman, D. N., Watson, S. E., Anglade, E., Zeitler, M. S., Chino, F., Thom, B. 2023; 31 (7): 434


PURPOSE: This study aims to evaluate the associations between patient-provider cost discussions with patient-reported out-of-pocket (OOP) spending and long-term financial toxicity (FT) among adolescent and young adult (AYA; 15-39years old) cancer survivors.METHODS: Using a cross-sectional survey, we assessed the themes and quality of patient discussions with providers about financial needs and general survivorship preparation, quantified patients' levels of FT, and evaluated patient-reported OOP spending. We determined the association between cancer treatment cost discussion and FT using multivariable analysis. In a subset of survivors (n=18), we conducted qualitative interviews and used thematic analysis to characterize responses.RESULTS: Two hundred forty-seven AYA survivors completed the survey at a mean of 7years post treatment and with a median COST score of 13. 70% of AYA survivors did not recall having any cost discussion about their cancer treatment with a provider. Having any cost discussion with a provider was associated with decreased FT (beta=3.00; p=0.02) but not associated with reduced OOP spending (chi2=3.77; p=0.44). In a second adjusted model, with OOP spending included as a covariate, OOP spending was a significant predictor of FT (beta=-1.40; p=0.002). Key qualitative themes included survivors' frustration about the lack of communication related to financial issues throughout treatment and in survivorship, feeling unprepared, and reluctance to seek help.CONCLUSION: AYA patients are not fully informed about the costs of cancer care and FT; the dearth of cost discussions between patients and providers may represent a missed opportunity to reduce costs.

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