A cancer diagnosis results in a lifelong medical relationship between the patient and his or her oncologist. With the average total cost of treatment at roughly $150,000,1 in addition to taking an immense toll on one’s health, cancer can also have a significant—and potentially devastating—financial impact on patients as well. From the initial diagnosis to survivorship or end of life, the patient-doctor relationship focuses on disease management and the treatment’s effect on the patient’s quality of life and survival.
Last modified: October 30, 2019
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