Patients’ Access to Cancer Care
Patients with cancer and those who have recently completed treatment are finding it challenging to get necessary health care in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and many are experiencing financial stress trying to afford care in an increasingly difficult economic environment. According to a survey by Cancer Action Network, half of patients and survivors have experienced an impact on care. Most often, this is in the form of in-person care deferral, delayed access to imaging services or an inability to obtain supportive care. 40% of cancer patients report that economic difficulties related to COVID-19 are affecting their ability to afford care.