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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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EU Approves Avastin in Combination Therapy for Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

The European Commission approved the use of Avastin with Gemzar and Carboplatin for treatment of the first recurrence of ovarian cancer. See the article here

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TRICARE to cover BRCA test

Late last year, TRICARE – the health program for Uniformed Service members – released regulations to comply with existing federal guidelines. These regulations stated that TRICARE could not cover devices … 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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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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Health Reform One Year Later

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the enactment of the health reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Over the past year, numerous federal agencies have begun to … Continue reading 

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Impact of Shifting From Office- to Hospital-Based Treatment Facilities on the Administration of Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy for Ovarian Cancer

Introduction: Cancer chemotherapy in the United States has been delivered mostly in an office-based setting since the late 1980s. However, in the past 5 years, more patients have been treated … Continue reading 

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Health Law Requires Continued Coverage For Patients In Clinical Trials

When Richard Crusoe was diagnosed with a rare form of soft tissue cancer called liposarcoma, the retired firefighter and his family pinned their hopes of slowing the cancer’s advance on … Continue reading 

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Cancer Patients Struggling To Afford Care And Pay Bills In Troubled Economy, According To New Poll

A new poll illustrates the difficulty that cancer patients, survivors and their families face in affording needed health care and paying for other basic necessities such as food and heat, … Continue reading 

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Zeltia cancer drug rejected by UK cost agency

NICE says not recommending Yondelis for ovarian cancer Britain’s health watchdog NICE has rejected Zeltia’s (ZEL.MC) drug Yondelis for ovarian cancer, arguing that the Spanish biotech company failed to provide … Continue reading 

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Study: Millions of cancer survivors put off care

Millions of cancer survivors have put off getting medical care because they couldn’t afford it, according to a new study. All together, more than 2 million of 12 million U.S. … Continue reading 

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Policy coverage change pleases patient

Insurance payments for routine care for those in cancer clinical trials had been at issue. Sandi Harris, who is fighting ovarian cancer, is both pleased and surprised to hear CommunityCare … Continue reading 

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