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Fighting for BreathLiving Morally and Dying of Cancer in a Chinese Village$
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Anna Lora-Wainwright

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836825

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836825.001.0001

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Performing Closeness, Negotiating Family Relations, and the Cost of Cancer

Performing Closeness, Negotiating Family Relations, and the Cost of Cancer

(p.177) Chapter 6 Performing Closeness, Negotiating Family Relations, and the Cost of Cancer
Fighting for Breath

Anna Lora-Wainwright

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the costs (medical costs, banquets and mourning costs) incurred by the cancer sufferer's nuclear and extended families in dealing with the illness by comparing Gandie's case with that of Uncle Wang. It considers the link between family relations and family caregiving practices, what kinds of health care costs are entailed when a relative develops cancer, and who shoulders them. It shows that cancer-related expenditures vary significantly depending on family composition, income, and family members' attitudes and attachment to the sufferer. It argues that a comprehensive account of the cost of illness should include not only expenditure on cancer treatment and mourning rituals and banquets but also costs of travel for visiting relatives, lost working days, medical expenses for distressed members of the family, and loss of earnings caused by diverting energies to caring for a sick relative.

Keywords:   cancer, families, illness, family relations, caregiving, health care costs, expenditures, cancer treatment, rituals, banquets

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