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Costs, Complications Higher for Women Who Undergo Second Surgery After BCS

Costs, Complications Higher for Women Who Undergo Second Surgery After BCS

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A study presented at SABCS 2016 reports on the incidence of complications and costs in women who undergo breast-conserving surgery for breast carcinoma.

CDC: Fewer U.S. Families Struggling With Medical Costs

CDC: Fewer U.S. Families Struggling With Medical Costs

More Americans are experiencing relief with medical bills, but there is still room for improvement.

Economic Burden Related to Chemotherapy-related Adverse Events in Patients with Metastatic Breast Cancer in an Integrated Health Care System

Economic Burden Related to Chemotherapy-related Adverse Events in Patients with Metastatic Breast Cancer in an Integrated Health Care System

[Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy] This research evaluates costs related to chemotherapy-related adverse events in patients with metastatic breast cancer in an integrated health care delivery system.

High U.S. Economic Burden for Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

High U.S. Economic Burden for Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

A recent study examined the current economic burden attributable to vaccine-preventable diseases among U.S. adults.

Understanding Biosimilar Drugs

Understanding Biosimilar Drugs

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There is a lot of talk about biosimilar drugs. What makes a drug a biosimilar?

Costs of Breast Cancer Chemotherapy Vary Widely in the United States

Costs of Breast Cancer Chemotherapy Vary Widely in the United States

Researchers found wide variances in the cost of breast cancer chemotherapy, depending on the course of treatment selected.

Cost of TKI Therapy Leads to Delay in Treatment for Many Patients With Leukemia

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Patients with cancer incur significant out-of-pocket costs before their Medicare drug benefits activate, and due to those costs, many patients with CML delayed starting their treatment.

Economic Burden of U.S. Opioid Epidemic is 78.5 Billion Dollars Annually

Economic Burden of U.S. Opioid Epidemic is 78.5 Billion Dollars Annually

Patient abuse of opioids costs the U.S. economy $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of health care, lost productivity, and treatment programs.

Affordable Care Act: Comprehensive Overview Reveals Its Hits and Misses

Affordable Care Act: Comprehensive Overview Reveals Its Hits and Misses

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Researchers from the University of Miami School of Business Administration and the Florida Atlantic University College of Business present an overview of the impact of the ACA on US health care in its first 5 years.

Costs, Hospital Stays for BSIs Significant in Pediatric Oncology Outpatient Setting

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Ambulatory bloodstream infections in pediatric oncology and stem cell transplant patients result in significant health care charges and extended hospital admissions.

ACA Is Helping Americans Afford Prescriptions

ACA Is Helping Americans Afford Prescriptions

Improvement seen in all age levels, but millions still struggle with the cost of prescription drugs

Survivors Diagnosed at Young Age More Likely to be Financially Dependent

Survivors Diagnosed at Young Age More Likely to be Financially Dependent

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Younger cancer survivors in Norway were more likely to be financially dependent and unemployed than individuals without cancer.

Government Spending on Compounded Drugs Skyrocketing

Government Spending on Compounded Drugs Skyrocketing

Number of Medicare beneficiaries getting compounded drugs up 281 percent since 2006

More Data Needed on Cancer Treatment Costs

More Data Needed on Cancer Treatment Costs

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More transparency regarding the costs of various treatment regimens in real time is needed to "choose wisely" for patients, providers, and payers.

Readmission Rates at Hospitals After Cancer-Related Procedures Is Too Complex for Simple Reimbursement Rules

Readmission Rates at Hospitals After Cancer-Related Procedures Is Too Complex for Simple Reimbursement Rules

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Rates of readmission to hospitals after complex cancer surgeries are usually higher in vulnerable hospitals that serve as safety nets in their communities or in hospitals with a large number of Medicaid-insured patients.

Practical Considerations for Implementing Lung Cancer Screening Coverage in a Health Care System

Practical Considerations for Implementing Lung Cancer Screening Coverage in a Health Care System

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What are the practical considerations for implementing a lung cancer screening program in a health care system? This question was addressed by Abbie Begnaud, MD, assistant professor, pulmonary, critical care, University of Minnesota, in a presentation at the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting.

Costs of Orally Administered Cancer Drugs Increased Significantly in Recent Years

Costs of Orally Administered Cancer Drugs Increased Significantly in Recent Years

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A month of treatment with the newest cancer drugs, based on those introduced in 2014, was 6 times more expensive at launch than cancer drugs introduced in 2000, after adjusting for inflation.

Cost-sharing Creates Barrier to Treating Life-threatening Illness

Cost-sharing Creates Barrier to Treating Life-threatening Illness

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Access to specialty drugs is significantly reduced when insurers require patients to share the high costs of these drugs. Specialty drugs are often the only chance for patients with cancer to achieve long-term survival.

Adherence to Pap Smear Testing Not Influenced by Free or For-a-fee Among Low-income Swedish Women

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Offering free pap smears for cervical cancer screening did not increase pap smear frequency in low income women, even though low income and socioeconomic status are more likely to predict women skipping pap smears.

Significant Reduction in Treatment Costs Are Anticipated With the Emergence of Generic TKI

Significant Reduction in Treatment Costs Are Anticipated With the Emergence of Generic TKI

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With the January 2016 expiration of the patent on Gleevac, significant cost savings can be realized by insurance companies and patients. Just 15 years ago, Gleevac (imatinib) changed chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) from a fatal disease to a treatable illness.

The Samfund: Helping Young Adult Patients Navigate the Financial Impact of Cancer Care

The Samfund: Helping Young Adult Patients Navigate the Financial Impact of Cancer Care

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The Samfund is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to easing the lasting financial effects of cancer treatments for young adults with the disease.

Prescription Meds Spending Fell in 2015

Prescription Meds Spending Fell in 2015

Spending increase due to increased medication use and higher prices, but increase is about half that observed in 2014.

Preexisting Financial Stress Increases Symptom Burden and Lowers Quality of Life for Patients With Cancer

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Patients with cancer who have limited financial reserves are more likely to have a higher burden of symptoms and a lower quality of life.

Most Patients With Locally Advanced Head and Neck Cancer Use Life-altering Strategies to Cope With Treatment Costs

Most Patients With Locally Advanced Head and Neck Cancer Use Life-altering Strategies to Cope With Treatment Costs

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Cost-coping strategies that alter lifestyle are used by most patients with LAHNC. In addition, perceived social isolation, or lack of social support coupled with increased loneliness, was identified as a risk factor for suboptimal medication adherence and health care utilization during treatment.

Young Adults With Cancer Are Prone to Experience Severe Financial Toxicity

Young Adults With Cancer Are Prone to Experience Severe Financial Toxicity

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Immense financial challenges confront young adults with cancer. As a result of medical bills and the loss of savings, these patients may forgo recommended medications and/or follow-up appointments.

Experts' Viewpoint Offers a Salve for Skyrocketing Cancer Drug Prices

Experts' Viewpoint Offers a Salve for Skyrocketing Cancer Drug Prices

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Oncology drug costs continue to rise, and the financial distress patients experience has led many to call for efforts to reduce oncology drug prices. Viable policy interventions will not be free and will involve tradeoffs, according to a team of experts.

Physicians Concerned By Rising Cost of Generics

Physicians Concerned By Rising Cost of Generics

Physicians in Pennsylvania call for state- and national-level medical associations to address drug pricing issue.

ICU Survivors Have Higher Five-Year Mortality and Hospital Costs

ICU Survivors Have Higher Five-Year Mortality and Hospital Costs

Intensive care unit survivors have higher mortality, use of hospital resources in five years after discharge.

Palliative Care is Cost Effective for Cancer Patients, and Increases With Comorbidities

Palliative Care is Cost Effective for Cancer Patients, and Increases With Comorbidities

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Palliative care within 2 days of admission lowered costs for patients with cancer and comorbid conditions. In addition, early palliative care reduced direct hospital costs more for patients with a higher number of coexisting conditions.

Age and Cancer Site Influence Excess Financial Burden of Cancer Survivorship

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Economic burden is significantly higher for survivors of colorectal, breast, and prostate cancers compared with persons with no cancer history; however, excess economic burden attributable to cancer varies by cancer site and age.

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