What Caught Our Eye (WCOE), Week of January 23, 2017
What Caught Our Eye is our week-in-review blog series, where we recap the cancer policy articles, studies, and stories that caught our attention.

Affordable Care Act

For millions of cancer survivors and their families, Rep. Tom Price’s refusal to promise that no one will lose coverage because of President Trump’s executive order is unnerving to say the least.

Vox analyzed a replacement plan offered by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and concluded that “it’s not great for sick people.” Scroll down in the article to watch a video of Ezra Klein explaining why replacing the ACA is so difficult, given conflicting aims of ensuring everyone is covered and keeping premiums and deductibles down.

Cancer Policy

A new study from the Huntsman Cancer Institute showed “Patients diagnosed with thyroid cancer before the age of 40 were more likely to be at an increased risk of late effects such as hypertension, heart disease, and osteoporosis, than patients diagnosed at age 40 or older.” This further highlights the need for more robust long-term survivorship care policies for patients.

Furthermore, a study by researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute concluded that more strategies are needed to help ensure childhood cancer survivors adhere to long-term follow up care. The article notes, “fewer than half of childhood cancer survivors receive recommended long-term follow-up care.”

More women are dying from cervical cancer than previously thought, especially minority women, according to a study in the journal Cancer.

Coping with Cancer

As we know, a cancer diagnosis impacts everyone: the patient, their family, and friends. This article discusses a study that highlights the prevalence of anxiety in partners of women with breast cancer before age 40, often continuing for years after diagnosis.

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