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Study Examines Impact of Hospital Volume on Complication Rates in Patients Undergoing Robotic Prostate Surgery

A disincentive for hospitals that have invested in expensive technology for robotic surgery may be jeopardizing prostate cancer patients who seek out the procedure, concluded a study published by Sammon et al in BJU International. The study compared complication rates in hospitals with low...

health-care policy
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Study Finds Price of Cancer Drugs Varies Widely Based on Who’s Paying

Uninsured cancer patients are paying anywhere from 2 to 43 times what Medicare would pay for chemotherapy drugs, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. These findings were published by Dusetzina et al in Health Affairs. Major Discrepancies Researchers led...

gynecologic cancers
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Increasing Number of Boys Vaccinated Against HPV Could Protect More People at the Same Price

Public health programs that devote a portion of their funding to encourage more boys to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV)—rather than merely attempting to raise coverage among girls—may ultimately protect more people for the same price, a study from Duke University...

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Study Finds Oncology Drug Pricing Models ‘Not Rational’

A statistical analysis of 51 oncology drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2013, has found that cancer drug prices are rising faster than the prices in other sectors of health care and that the high cost of the drugs is not...

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Experts Explore the Reasons Behind the High Cost of Cancer Drugs in America

Increasingly high prices for cancer drugs are affecting patient care, as well as the health-care system overall, in the United States. These findings were published in a special article by Rajkumar and Kantarjian in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. “Americans with cancer pay 50% to 100%...

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Study Finds U.S. Spends More on Cancer Care but Saves Fewer Lives Than Western Europe

Despite sharp increases in spending on cancer treatment, cancer mortality rates in the United States have decreased only modestly since 1970. Researchers led by Samir Soneji, PhD, of Dartmouth's Norris Cotton Cancer Center and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice...

colorectal cancer
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Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of First- and Second-Line Bevacizumab Plus Chemotherapy in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer

In a U.S.-based cost-effectiveness analysis reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Goldstein et al found high costs per quality-adjusted life-year with the addition of bevacizumab (Avastin) to chemotherapy in first- and second-line treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer. Study Details...

lung cancer
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Genetic Screening Deemed Cost-Effective in
Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer

Multiplexed genetic screening for epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene rearrangements, and subsequent biomarker-guided treatment, is cost-effective compared with standard chemotherapy treatment without any molecular testing in the metastatic...

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Many Insured Patients Alter Their Lifestyles and Medical Care to Cope With Cancer Treatment Costs

A small nationwide survey finds many insured patients are changing their lifestyle and medical care in the face of treatment-related financial burdens. In fact, more than one-third adopted medical care–altering strategies, with younger and lower-income patients being more likely to alter...

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