Cancer in the Time of COVID

By Monica Bryant, Esq. and Steven J. Knox, Esq., Triage Cancer, Chicago, IL

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created practical, financial, and legal challenges for most Americans, and perhaps much of the world. However, populations that are simultaneously coping with serious medical issues, like cancer, are especially vulnerable. Delays in screening, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care are occurring. Individuals with cancer, and their caregivers, are also coping with losing employment or a reduction in hours, which may lead to the loss of health insurance coverage. This population is then left struggling to pay everyday living expenses in addition to mounting medical bills. The added financial stress surrounding COVID-19 is compounded by the existing financial toxicity, anxiety, and stress that too often accompanies a cancer diagnosis. 

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