Almost one-third of families of children with cancer have unmet basic needs during treatment

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A new study revealed that almost one-third of families with children being treated for cancer face household material hardships.

This study from Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center follows emerging research in pediatric oncology finding that low-income status predicts poor adherence to oral treatment and lower overall survival.

Household material hardships included food insecurity, housing insecurity, or energy insecurity. In addition, one-quarter of families lost more than 40% of household income as parents experienced work disruption, including 15% of parents who either quit their jobs or were laid off and 37% who cut their hours or took leaves of absence.

The number of families experiencing hardships increased at 6 months after diagnosis; 29% of families reported at least one material hardship (up from 20% who reported material hardship at the time of diagnosis).

“Household material hardship provides a quantifiable and remediable measure of poverty in pediatric oncology,” the study concludes. If household material hardship impacts pediatric oncology outcomes the same as income, interventions can be designed to fix food, housing, and energy insecurity; however, the researchers report being unclear on what to do about income in a clinical setting.

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A new study revealed that almost one-third of families with children being treated for cancer face household material hardships.
Almost one-third of families whose children were being treated for cancer faced food, housing or energy insecurity and one-quarter lost more than 40 percent of household income, according to a new study from Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.
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