Financial toxicity in recent years has had a disproportionate impact on survivors of cancer who live in rural America. One study found that 50.5 percent of rural survivors report financial difficulties due to their anti-cancer treatment, while survivors living in urban areas experience financial difficulties at a rate of 38.8 percent (that is a 11.7 percent difference). The cost of traveling to medical appointments coupled with higher rates of uninsured and underinsured patients in rural America are contributing factors, as financial advocates grapple with helping these patients manage the financial burden of their cancer care. Becky Franks, MA, is at the forefront of this mission.
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