Yousuf Zafar, MD, associate professor of medicine and public policy, has been named to The Samfund Advisory Council. In his role on the council, Zafar will provide guidance on research and outcomes so as to enhance the organization's ability to navigate the financial aftermath of cancer care.
The cost of cancer treatment can adversely affect young adult cancer survivors. According to The Samfund, the average net worth of a young adult cancer survivor receiving grants from the organization is approximately $35,000, compared with $68,000 for young adults in the general population.
“While cancer treatment is evolving and improving, innovation comes at a high price,” says Zafar. "Every day, patients are making sacrifices to afford their cancer care. Not only do patients worry about the physical toxicity of cancer treatment, but they also have to worry about financial toxicity. I’m honored to be a part of The Samfund’s mission to reduce the financial toxicity experienced by cancer survivors and to ensure expenses do not stand between a patient and the best possible treatment.”
The Samfund provides financial support for young adult cancer survivors in the U.S. Since 2005, The Samfund has awarded more than $1.7 million in grants.