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HRQOL lower in Black cancer survivors with social needs

Black survivors of breast, lung, colorectal and prostate cancer who were unable to receive care due to cost concerns or inadequate transportation, or who experience housing instability, food insecurity, feeling unsafe in the neighborhood or utility shutoffs, had lower Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-General scores, indicating worse health-related quality of life, compared with those without social needs, researchers reported in the journal Cancer. "My hope is that these findings raise awareness among cancer care providers and cancer researchers that many patients face substantial social and financial difficulties and that these have real impacts on patients' health-related quality of life on top of cancer and cancer treatment," said researcher Theresa Hastert.

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