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THE FINANCIAL IMPACT OF A PEDIATRIC BRAIN TUMOR DIAGNOSIS ON A FAMILY

By Stacia Wagner
Monday, December 5, 2011

Today’s edition of the UK paper, The Telegraph, opened a discussion about the economic challenges faced by families when their child is diagnosed with cancer. While their healthcare system is different from the US system, the additional economic problems are very similar. The article highlighted the fact many families have a reduced income due to the parent’s loss of a job or temporary leave, in addition to the many extra expenses families now face including childcare, travel and away from home accommodations.

These new expenses and debt extend well beyond the time treatment ends. Many parents have had to live on credit and exhausted their savings during treatment. Follow-up medical appointments, prescriptions, and ancillary expenses continue. In the cancer and brain tumor community, additional medical expenses such as increased dental care, hearing aids and vision correction expenses are frequently a lifetime challenge.

These expenses are a universal problem and impact families of all means. CBTF can assist by linking people to the few resources available, but the resources. Help us create an awareness of the financial burden of childhood brain tumors. Let us know how your diagnosis or your child’s diagnosis impacted your family’s finances? What relief did you find?

For a copy of the article in the Telegraph see http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8934007/Childhood-cancer-forcing-parents-into-debt.html

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