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A new Prevention magazine story about disparities in womens' health cites CBSSM's Director, Dr. Reshma Jagsi discussing the impact of underrepresentation of women in clinical research.


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The financial burden of cancer care is a growing issue. In fact, the topic has even sprouted a name to reflect its seriousness — financial toxicity — likening it to the toxicities of the treatments that kill cancer cells.

It’s a fitting term. Slightly more patients were worried about the high financial burden of their cancer care than of dying from cancer, one 2018 survey found. But the medical community is stepping up to research and address the challenge more than ever before.

“We have made a lot of progress in many types of cancer treatment, which is wonderful. But we must turn our efforts to confronting the financial devastation many patients face,” said Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D.Phil., a radiation oncologist at the Rogel Cancer Center who studies the issue.

Michigan Health spoke with Jagsi to understand more about how financial toxicity affects patients and what resources patients can turn to.


Surveys show that women, parents of young children and people of colour are most affected by pandemic-related disruptions and need more support. Check out the Nature article, "The COVID pandemic has harmed researcher productivity – and mental health" with quotes from CBSSM's Director, Dr. Reshma Jagsi.


Long work hours, demanding training during reproductive years and overall stress may lead some physicians to delay their plans to start a family. When physicians do decide to begin that journey, a larger-than-expected proportion are faced with the challenges of infertility.

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CBSSM's Dr. Melissa Creary was recently featured in the Scientific American article "We Need to Ground Truth Assumptions about Gene Therapy" which focuses on the promise and realities of gene therapy.

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