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Financial Toxicity in Patients with Neuroendocrine Tumor Disease. A so far Underestimated "Side Effect" of Cancer in Germany?


Introduction: Cancer is not only associated with physical and psychological, but also financial burden. In contrast to other countries, the socio-economic impact of cancer for patients in Germany, with a third party paid health care system, is poorly understood.

Aim(s): This study aims to provide data on patients' financial losses due to a NET-diagnosis and related psychosocial outcomes.

Materials and methods: This prospective quantitative study recruited n=122 patients with NET from 11/2016 to 3/2017 at the National Center for Tumor Diseases, University Hospital of Heidelberg. A survey on patients’ income, cancer-related out-of-pocket costs, psychosocial stress (Distress Thermometer) and quality of life (EORTC-LQ) was complemented by data from patients’ medical records.

Conference: 15th Annual ENETSConcerence (2018)

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Authors: Winkler E, Mehlis K, Kudlich M, Apostolidis L, Witte J,

Keywords: financial toxicity, economic burden, patient-reported outcome, distress, quality of life,

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