Household material hardship in families of children post-chemotherapy

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Abstract

Poverty is an important patient-reported outcome of therapy and a potential predictor of outcome disparities in pediatric cancer. We previously identified that nearly 30% of pediatric cancer families experience household material hardship (HMH), a concrete measure of poverty including food, energy, or housing insecurity, during the first 6 months of chemotherapy. We conducted a follow-up survey in a subcohort of these families at least 1 year off-therapy and found that 32% reported HMH in early survivorship. Persistently high concrete resource needs off-therapy may have significance for child health and quality of life, and thus represent targets for future investigation.

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