“Financial toxicity” is related to the problem of the cost of cancer treatment, including costs associated with being in a clinical trial. Even with health insurance, people with MBC may experience financial toxicity due to copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles. Financial toxicity also includes the need to pay for transportation and parking to medical appointments, loss of income because of missed work, childcare costs while a person is receiving treatment, and more. Financial toxicity can reduce a person’s quality of life and increase the possibility of debt and bankruptcy.
Read below for more information about what financial toxicity is and how you can get support while receiving MBC treatment and while enrolled in a clinical trial.
Costs Associated with Being in a Clinical Trial
- Abstract from ASCO 2019: Out of Pocket Costs and Financial Toxicity Experienced by Patients in Early Phase Clinical Trials
- ASCO Policy Statement: Addressing Financial Barriers to Patient Participation in Clinical Trials
Finding Financial Support While in a Trial
- NCI: Paying for Clinical Trials
- NCI: Insurance Coverage and Clinical Trials
- CancerCare: Understanding Your Insurance Coverage
- Lazarex: Help with Out of Pocket Clinical Trial Expenses
- Triage Cancer video: How to Find & Pay For Clinical Trials
- Triage Cancer: Paying for a Clinical Trial
- Triage Cancer: Paying for Other Trial-related Costs
Other Financial Support for MBC
- Metastatic Trial Talk: Where to Find Financial Support
Last Modified on September 27, 2023