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News From The Industry: Cancer Care at an Affordable Price

Kevin Anderson - Monday, February 24, 2014

In a recent publication in The Lancet Oncology, Ronan J Kelly MD, and Professor Thomas J Smith MD, write about how the increasing prices of life saving cancer drugs can be prevented. These can be addressed by end of life care patterns, medical imaging, and the drugs themselves. In some cases, when the medical prognosis is not good, alternatives to continuing chemo can be replaced by less expensive hospice care. Second, instead of using PET scans, follow up with a physical exam or CAT scan. They write that it hasn't been shown that a PET scan is an essential part of treatment. And with the rising costs of PET scans, this may be something to look at. Thirdly, there is the cost of drugs themselves. This is something that doctors can do little about, but the authors say to keep in mind that if patients are not able to receive these lifesaving drugs, then they are probably going to die. To purchase the article, please click here. Keep following our blog for news in the healthcare field.

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