What Are the Factors That Contribute to the Financial Burden of a Cancer Diagnosis?
This webinar is developed in collaboration with, and with financial support from, Pfizer Oncology.
Produced in collaboration with Triage Cancer.
“Financial toxicity” is increasingly used to describe the financial burden that many people with cancer face as a result of their diagnosis. Financial toxicity refers not only to the direct cost of care but also to any additional expenses to receive that care, including transportation to treatment, costs related to childcare, and time off from work. Financial toxicity also refers to the physical, psychological, and emotional strain that people endure as a result of their financial challenges.
In this activity, the faculty panel will take the audience through a dynamic discussion, sharing strategies for patients and caregivers to lessen their financial strains. The expert faculty will clarify the current health insurance market to help people make a selection that is best for their needs, share strategies to better understand how to manage medical bills, and guide them to better identify their rights as consumers, patients, and employees, to minimize the financial impact and to enhance their experience with their care.
- Better understand health insurance options and common insurance terms to reduce the financial impact of a cancer diagnosis
- Identify how other factors related to healthcare (such as transportation, work absences, childcare expenses, etc) contribute to financial burden after a diagnosis of cancer
- Locate tools, support systems, and support individuals within your care team and beyond that can help you identify ways to alleviate the financial burden of a cancer diagnosis
Ways to Minimize the Financial Burden of a Cancer Diagnosis: Having Adequate Health Insurance
Ways to Minimize the Financial Burden of a Cancer Diagnosis: Using Health Insurance Effectively
Other Financial Issues: Employment, Practical, and Personal Costs
Sage Bolte, PhD
Chief Philanthropy Officer, Inova Health Foundation
Sage Bolte, PhD, LCSW, CST, is chief philanthropy officer and president at Inova, Virginia’s leading nonprofit health care provider. She works closely with the Board of Trustees, staff, volunteers, and donors to institutionalize best practices and establish a culture of philanthropy across the entire organization. Sage joined Inova 15 years ago as an oncology counselor and recently served as executive director of life for the Inova Schar Cancer Institute. She is known nationally both for her work in sexual health and cancer and as a respected leader in the field of oncology social work. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan and obtained her PhD in social work from The National School of Social Services at the Catholic University of America in 2010.
Alison Sachs, MSW, OSW-C
Director, Community Outreach and Cancer Support Services, Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center, Eisenhower Medical Center
Alison Mayer Sachs, MSW, OSW-C, is the director of the community outreach and cancer support services at Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center, Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California. She and her team are responsible for the development and implementation of community education, oncology social work services, nurse navigation, disease prevention, and health promotion programs. Alison has lectured extensively on the importance of support and education for cancer patients, their loved ones, and the community. She is recognized nationally for leadership in the field of oncology social work and presently sits on the advisory boards of the Go2Foundation For Lung Cancer, Zero-The End of Prostate Cancer, The American Cancer Society’s Western Division, and the Desert Cancer Foundation.
Joanna Morales, Esq.
CEO, Triage Cancer
Joanna Fawzy Morales, Esq., is the CEO of Triage Cancer, a nonprofit organization providing education on practical and legal issues that may impact individuals coping with cancer and their caregivers in Chicago, Illinois. She has spent more than 25 years working on behalf of individuals with cancer, including 5 as an adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California and 8 at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, California. Joanna has presented at hundreds of educational seminars, served on numerous cancer community committees and boards, including as chair of the board of directors for the California Division of the American Cancer Society, and received several awards for her service to the cancer community and legislative advocacy, such as the 2015 Legacy Advocate Award from Stupid Cancer.
Monica Bryant, Esq.
COO, Triage Cancer
Monica Fawzy Bryant, Esq., is the co-founder and COO of Triage Cancer, a nonprofit organization providing education on practical and legal issues that may impact individuals diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers in Chicago, Illinois. She was Midwest regional director for a national cancer rights organization, served as Legislative Counsel for US Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, where she focused on health, justice, and women's issues. Monica has provided hundreds of educational seminars, written articles and blogs, and appeared on community television and radio shows discussing health care–related legal issues. She participates in the numerous advocacy groups, including the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Cancer Advocacy Interest Group, and was awarded the 40 Under 40 in Cancer Award in 2019.