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Hospice Reimbursement May Disincentivize Care for Expensive Patients

A study by the Commonwealth Foundation found that patients with expensive treatment, such as palliative chemotherapy, were more likely to be turned away from hospice facilities. Some findings include The … Continue reading 

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Cost Effectiveness of Screening

A new study shows a “modest mortality” reduction for women of average risk, screened annually by the CA-125. The study tested women annually for the CA-125 blood marker; if those … Continue reading 

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When Less Is More – Editorial

The L.A. Times published an editorial July 29 summing up years of data showing that aggressively screening and treating people for cancer does not always benefit them. The editorial also … Continue reading 

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Drugs Approved Faster in US, Cost More

According to a study by the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, more cancer drugs were approved in the US than in the EU during the 2010-2011 time … Continue reading 

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Drug Costs an Issue in Cancer Care

The costs of drugs is increasingly becoming an issue in cancer care. The balance of quality and cost raises the issue of cost effectiveness. More presentations at the recent ASCO … Continue reading 

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9/11 Fund Now Includes Ovarian Cancer

A $4.3 billion fund to compensate and treat people exposed to potential toxins from 9/11 now includes many types of cancer, including ovarian. The inclusion of cancers in this fund … Continue reading 

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Cost of Side Effects of Treatment Should Be Factored into Cost of Care

Often, the cost of care for a treatment does not include the cost of visitos to the provider or the cost of addressing side-effects. This calculation does not encompass the … Continue reading 

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Chemotherapy Drug Shortages include Taxol

Drug shortages around the country are affecting cancer patients. Recently ABC news covered the paclitaxel (brand name: Taxol)  shortage. Many cite the low cost of generic drugs as the cause of … Continue reading 

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Rising Cancer Costs Makes Treatement Unavailable for Some

Cost studies presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology discussed the rising cost of cancer treatment. In 2010, the cost of cancer care was … Continue reading 

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Cost-Effective Analysis of Bevacizumab for Ovarian Cancer

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology concludes that “[t]he addition of bevacizumab to standard chemotherapy in patients with advanced ovarian cancer is not cost effective.” The study … Continue reading 

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

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 … Continue reading 

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Wide Genetic Testing for Lynch Syndrome Cost Effective

Widespread genetic testing for Lynch Syndrome appears to be a cost-effective strategy for identifying those at risk for colorectal and endometrial cancer, according to a report in Cancer Prevention Research, … Continue reading 

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