Cancer death rates continued to decline among men, women, children, adolescents, and young adults in every significant racial and ethnic group in the United States from 2015 to 2019, according to the latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer. At a time when expensive new cancer treatments are increasing rapidly, patients have more therapy choices than ever before. Yet patients are kept mainly in the dark because their doctors either can’t or won’t communicate clearly.

(Stat News)  Today, a study followed 380 patients being treated at community oncology groups across the U.S. after they were diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer. They told the researchers that insurance didn’t protect them from serious money problems. While 98% of them had insurance, 71% fell deeper into debt, took out a new loan, sold or refinanced a home, or experienced at least a 20% decline in income — or a combination of these over the year they answered quarterly surveys.