Study: Cancer patients face challenges

June 3, 2011 2:57:03 PM PDT
U.S. cancer patients are reportedly facing some barriers to treatments and care.

A new study finds that newly diagnosed patients sometimes have a hard time getting an appointment with an oncologist. This was true even for patients with private health insurance. According to the study, that's because of the typical pre-appointment expectations for new patients. They include referral requirements, paperwork and routing of medical records and test results.