Patient time costs associated with cancer care
In 2005, the overall cost of patients' time spent on cancer care was $2.3 billion in the first year after diagnosis, according to a new study in the January 3 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The time costs for the 11 cancers studied and for different phases of cancer care varied widely, they write.
Several studies have estimated the direct medical costs of cancer care, but few have attempted to include a patient's time associated with cancer care, such as time spent traveling to and from care, waiting for appointments, and receiving services and treatments, all of which represent time not spent working or pursuing day-to-day activities.
In the new study, Robin Yabroff, Ph.D., of the National Cancer Institute, and colleagues quantified the patient time costs associated with cancer care. They used information from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results