Patients bear brunt as cancer care spending hits $90 billion


March 19, 2010

USA Today

The cost of cancer treatment is "skyrocketing" — both for individual patients and the nation, a new analysis shows.

From 1990 to 2008, spending on cancer care soared to more than $90 billion from $27 billion. The increase was driven by the rising costs of sophisticated new drugs, robotic surgeries and radiation techniques, as well as the growing number of patients who are eligible to take them, says Peter Bach of New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, co-author of an analysis in today's Journal of the American Medical Association... read more