Cost-Effective Treatments

Most unaware of out-of-pocket costs for prostate cancer treatments

Most unaware of out-of-pocket costs for prostate cancer treatments

Most men would not have chosen a different treatment even if they had been aware of costs.

Targeted biopsy detects more prostate cancers

A clinic-based technique of targeted biopsy using MRI and ultrasound may improve the diagnosis and management of prostate cancer.

Metformin shows benefit in ovarian cancer


Use of the oral antidiabetes drug metformin improved survival in women with ovarian cancer, according to the findings of a retrospective case-control study.

Study suggests 10-year colonoscopy rescreen not needed after first negative result

It may be reasonable to use methods other than colonoscopy to rescreen people who had negative results on their first screening colonoscopy.

IUD aids treatment of endometrial cancer

An intrauterine device releasing the progestin levonorgestrel was effective therapy for early endometrial cancer in women not fit for surgery.

Breath test can indicate lung cancer

An analysis of breath samples from patients with pulmonary nodules distinguished benign from malignant growths in a recent study.

Robotic prostate surgery costs facility $5K more

Robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy exceeded the cost of open radical retropubic prostatectomy by almost $5,300 per case.

Potentially treatable side effects plague breast cancer survivors for years

Six years after breast cancer treatment, more than 60% of women experienced at least one side effect amenable to rehabilitative intervention.

Robotic surgery effective but costly in bladder cancer

Robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical cystectomy (RARC) results in fewer problems and deaths than open cystectomy, but lengths of stay are similar and RARC costs more.

Genetic predictors of AML outcome get more specific

Advanced profiling of gene mutations in acute myeloid leukemia could potentially be used to help predict prognosis and guide treatment decisions.

Reexcision rates after partial mastectomy vary greatly

Reexcision rates after partial mastectomy vary greatly


Nearly 25% of women undergo reexcision after partial mastectomy, with substantial surgeon and facility variation seen in rates of reexcision.

Diabetes drug reduces cancer mortality


Cancer patients with diabetes who took metformin were found to have a significantly lower overall mortality than cancer patients without diabetes.

Exercise improves life after cancer treatment


Physical activity was associated with important positive effects on physical functions and quality of life in persons who had completed their treatment for cancer.

Music-playing headphones keep men calm during prostate biopsy


Providing men with noise-canceling headphones that play music may be a simple intervention for reducing their anxiety and pain perception while they are undergoing a prostate biopsy.

Experts have conflicting views on CV risk in prostate cancer therapy

A meta-analysis provides reassurance that androgen deprivation therapy is not associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular deaths, but other specialists warn against ignoring this risk.

CT colonography raises screening rates, but colonoscopy finds more advanced neoplasia

Offering CT colonography improved participation in colorectal cancer screening by more than 50% compared with colonoscopy, but colonoscopy identified significantly more advanced neoplasia.

Study demonstrates cost-effectiveness of erlotinib treatment


Erlotinib is a marginally cost-effective treatment for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer, according to the results of an economic analysis published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (2010;102(5):298-306).

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