Journal article

The rapidly escalating cost of treating colorectal cancer in Australia

Sumitra Ananda, Suzanne Kosmider, Ben Tran, Kathryn Field, Ian Jones, Iain Skinner, Mario Guerrieri, Michael Chapman, Peter Gibbs

ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2016

Abstract

AIMS: Considerable progress in cancer treatment is leading to better outcomes, but the cost of therapy is placing increasing pressure on the health system. Understanding the real-world cost of therapies for each stage will become increasingly important in informing treatment selection and health policy. METHODS: To explore the cost of treating colorectal cancer in the modern era, data were entered onto a prospective database at four hospitals. We estimated the impact of bevacizumab by using data from July 2009, and projected the likely impact of the recent listing of cetuximab. The utility of these data for estimating the cost-effectiveness of treatment was explored. RESULTS: Cancer stage an..

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