Introduction: The goal of this large population-based study was to examine the socio-economic implications of cancer survivorship. Methods: Individuals alive and diagnosed with colorectal cancer and melanoma between 1998 and 2007 or Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma or multiple myeloma between 1999 and 2008 as registered in the Eindhoven Cancer Registry received a questionnaire on work changes and problems with obtaining a new (or extended) health care insurance, life insurance or a home loan; 70% (n = 2892) responded. Results: Results showed that 28% of all cancer patients experienced changes in their work situation after cancer. Most of them switched to part-time work or stopped working entirely. Patients (3.4%) who tried to obtain a different or upgrade their health care insurance experienced problems and in most cases, these were eventually resolved. Problems with life insurance were somewhat more common with 18% of those who tried to obtain a life insurance experiencing problems. The majority of these patients was rejected by the insurance company (61%) or was accepted at a higher premium (22%). Of the 21% who tried to obtain a home loan, 9% experienced problems. However, 22.2% got accepted eventually, 27.8% got accepted but at a higher mortgage payment and 22.2% got rejected but were eventually accepted by another bank. Conclusions: Almost a third of cancer survivors experienced changes in their work situation after cancer. Problems with obtaining health insurance, life insurance and home loans were also common.

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Keywords Cancer, Health care insurance, Life insurance, Mortgage, Work
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejca.2011.11.030, hdl.handle.net/1765/33978
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Mols, F., Thong, M.S.Y., Vissers, P., Nijsten, T.E.C., & van de Poll-Franse, L.V.. (2011). Socio-economic implications of cancer survivorship: Results from the PROFILES registry. European Journal of Cancer. doi:10.1016/j.ejca.2011.11.030