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Celebrating faculty and staff achievements

March 10, 2016

Drs. Michael Emerman and Nina Salama elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology; Dr. William Grady receives grant for esophageal cancer screening study; Dr. Andrew Hsieh earns 2016 ASCI Young Physician-Scientist Award; New interactive map is hub for global breast cancer data

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‘Close to criminal’

A Fred Hutch researcher speaks out on the human cost of the ‘unfettered, unbridled greed’ within our health care system

Feb. 11, 2016 | By Dr. Gary Lyman, as told to Diane Mapes

As an oncologist, I've had patients delay or actually stop treatment because of the high cost. They're stopping and they're dying as a result. That's why I've taken a stand with many of my colleagues around the country to call attention to these pricing issues and how unsustainable and devastating they are to our patients.

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Cancer, bankruptcy and death: study finds a link

A new Fred Hutch study finds that the 3 percent of cancer patients who go bankrupt are much more likely to die

Jan. 25, 2016 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

A new study conducted by Fred Hutch's HICOR group has found that the 3 percent of cancer patients who go bankrupt are more likely to die. We talk to study author Dr. Scott Ramsey.

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Another health disparity: clinical trials

Low-income cancer patients are less likely to take part in clinical trials for new treatments, study shows

Oct. 15, 2015 | By Mary Engel / Fred Hutch News Service

Cancer patients who live on less than $50,000 a year take part in clinical trials at a rate one-third lower than those who make more annually, according to a study published Thursday in JAMA Oncology.

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Nation's top oncologists take aim at sky-high drug costs

Cancer patients praise scathing report; experts from Fred Hutch, other top treatment centers decry cancer care's financial burden

July 23, 2015 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

Cancer patients were quick to praise a scathing report from the country’s leading oncologists decrying the skyrocketing cost of cancer drugs. “[The report] is definitely a validation that these medications are ridiculously expensive,” said Erin Havel, a 38-year-old chronic myeloid leukemia patient from Seattle who had to declare bankruptcy due to the high cost of her cancer drugs. “Patients don’t really have much say. We should. We’re the consumers, but we’re more of a vehicle for companies to raise money. It feels like we’re a cash cow for Big Pharma.”

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‘The care you want at a pivotal time in your life’

Medicare to reimburse for end-of-life conversations between doctors and patients

July 9, 2015 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

Medicare announced yesterday that it plans to reimburse for discussions between terminal patients and doctors about end-of-life care, a much-needed change in policy that has been lauded by many patient advocate organizations and health care providers.

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