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Financial Toxicity: Navigating the Costs of Cancer Care

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 5:30pm


Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, 228 W. Miller St., Springfield


Nausea, hair loss, fatigue, appetite loss, pain.

This list of common cancer treatment side effects doesn’t include “financial toxicity,” but maybe it should, according to organizations like American Cancer Society, AARP and The American Journal of Medicine.

Financial toxicity, or the cost of cancer treatment, is often a major burden to cancer survivors. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cancer care in the U.S. cost $157 billion in 2010. By 2020, the figure is estimated to reach more than $174 billion.

Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University will host a free public event, “Financial Toxicity: Navigating the Costs of Cancer Care,” at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation. Featured speakers include Yamile Molina, PhD, an assistant professor of community health sciences, and Karreim Watson, DHSc, an assistant research professor of community health sciences. Both are from the University of Illinois-Chicago. To register, call 217.545.7543. Light refreshments will be served.

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