A study of 1,500 women surveyed nine months after being diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer and again four years later revealed that 25% of respondents said their finances had deteriorated and 12% said they still had medical debt. Race, age younger than 65, treatment with chemotherapy and recurrence were among the factors connected to financial difficulty, according to the study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Ensuring proper patient-doctor communication regarding financial implications could help ease monetary burdens, said lead author Dr. Reshma Jagsi.

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