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More than 42% of the 9.5 million people diagnosed with cancer from 2000 to 2012 drained their life's assets within two years, according to a study published last year in the American Journal of Medicine. via @annagorman KHN/@NPR n.pr/2XhuqAu
Randall Marley, a computer systems engineer, says he frequently comes home from work to find his wife not feeling well and frustrated about having spent a precious day of her recovery making phone calls to understand and dispute #medicalbills.
Cancer patients are 2.5 times more likely to file for bankruptcy than those without #cancer, and bankruptcy puts them at a higher risk for early death, according to research.
Given many patients cannot work during treatment, these bills may force even relatively well-to-do #cancer patients to take out second mortgages or worry about leaving debt behind for their families. via @annagorman khn.org/OTE4OTIx
After Carol Marley was diagnosed with pancreatic #cancer last July, she says, she worried what it would mean for her family, including her 88-year-old father with #dementia. #BilloftheMonth Photo via @annagorman
Since she’s unable to work, the family lost her nursing salary.

“Money is not coming in, and it’s going out by the thousands.”
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