Cancer-Care Costs Could Hit $207 Billion in 2020: NCI Study

Posted:01/14/11

Today, the Wall Street Journal published an article on an NCI study regarding the costs of cancer care. 

The study “estimates that medical spending on cancer hit about $125 billion last year.  Assuming no changes to cancer trends except that there will be more people with the disease due to the aging population, costs will jump 27% to $158 billion in 2020.

“That increase is influenced by a projected rise in the number of prostate- and breast-cancer patients.”

The assumption that the cost of care will not change may be faulty, since new targeted therapies tend to be costly. 

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