JAMA Internal Medicine sought to explore the high and the lows in debt-burdened medical specialties in a letter published in 2017. The authors emphasize that debt is only one factor when considering which specialty to pursue, and the causal relationship between debt burden and specialty is complicated. Where does oncology rank?
The study looked at cancer survivors aged 65 or older from the SEER-Medicare database; survivors were diagnosed with cancer between 2000 and 2012. Claims from 2007 to 2013 were used to estimate costs by cancer site, phases of care, and stage at diagnosis.