Nov 02, 2012
By Jane Brown
The financial hardship cancer has on patients and their families has been tracked in a new study.
The research by the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Cancer Action Network says 9 out of 10 families that experience a cancer diagnosis have some form of financial hardship.
It says for some, cancer triggers a financial tailspin that results in debt, distress, bankruptcy and even a lifetime on social assistance.
The study calls for actions including improved federal supports for Canadians facing chronic illness and their caregivers.