Cancer Costs: Expensive Drugs, Abandoned Prescriptions


May 23, 2011

The Wall Street Journal

As we gear up for the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology — and its flood of studies on drugs and other treatments — let’s take a moment to consider the cost of those often life-saving therapies.

It’s no secret that cancer is expensive. Even assuming no changes to cancer trends except an increase in patients due to the aging population, the NCI estimates medical costs will hit $158 billion in 2020 — and could rise to $207 billion assuming new therapies and diagnostics push up costs further... Read More