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The researchers assessed the risks of debt and mental disorders in young people who survived cancer

February 27, 2019 12:02

Student loans - is not the only reason why young people get into debt. One of the largest studies of risks associated with the work of the young people who survived cancer, has shown that out of 872 survived 14.4 percent took more than 10 thousand US dollars, and 1.5 percent said they or their relatives have gone bankrupt due to treatment costs. Fifty-eight percent of respondents stressed that treatment of cancer or interfere with the physical demands of work, and 54 percent mentioned the problems with the mental abilities required for the job. The study also showed that not all types of cancer, and not all treatments have the same effect on the financial results of the young patients. For example, patients undergoing chemotherapy, three times increased risk of a debt in the amount of US $ 10,000 or more, or mental disorders that hinder the work.

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"This project has brought together the experience of researchers from major cancer centers across the United States, which allowed to collect and analyze data on adolescents and young adult survivors of cancer, new ways. The study was one of the first on the impact of cancer diagnosis and treatment on work-related results ", - said Betsy Risendal, a researcher at the University of Colorado Cancer Center and assistant professor at the Colorado School of Public Health. Other institutions include the Academic Medical Center in Seattle, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and Chapel Hill.

In the study, 872 young people were interviewed between the ages of 18 to 39 years old during the 5 years of cancer diagnosis and after a year or more after the end of treatment. Among the participants were 241 patients who survived breast cancer, 126 survivors of thyroid cancer, 126 survivors of leukemia or lymphoma and 342 survivors of other types of cancer. It is interesting to note that these types of cancer are usually treated in different ways, and the types of therapy were associated with a variety of long-term side effects.

For example, young patients who had chemotherapy for breast cancer, had a higher risk of mental health problems and the risk of unpaid leave, compared with patients who did not receive chemotherapy. Among the survivors was also observed an increased risk of mental disorders when performing work-related tasks and the risk of a debt of more than 10 thousand dollars, compared with a group of survivors from the more common types of cancer. While the degree of specific risks varied depending on the type of cancer and treatment, debt risks, leave (paid and unpaid) and work-related disorders (physical and mental) have been promoted for all young people who survived cancer.

"The results of this study are important because they describe the problems faced by adolescents and young adults during cancer treatment and beyond, which may affect both access to education and to work", - says Risendal.



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