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Cancer drugs' high prices impede comparative research: study
By Sabriya Rice | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The high prices of some cancer drugs drew attention from oncologists last week. Two National Cancer Institute researchers wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine that steep prices make it difficult or impossible to conduct randomized trials comparing the effectiveness of different therapies.
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Cancer drugs: Too expensive to compare?
By Sabriya Rice | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The prices of some cancer drugs are so high that they preclude trials comparing their effectiveness, according to two National Cancer Institute researchers.
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Information
Cancer doctors plan to compare value of expensive drugs
By Bloomberg | April 17, 2014
The world's largest organization of cancer doctors plans to rate the cost effectiveness of expensive oncology drugs, and will urge physicians to use the ratings to discuss the costs with their patients.
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FDA warns of risks with fibroid removal procedure
By Associated Press | April 17, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a device-assisted procedure for treating fibroids could inadvertently spread cancer from the uterus to other parts of the body.
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Proton-beam centers sprout despite evidence drought
By Jaimy Lee | April 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Widespread construction of expensive proton-beam therapy centers is galloping ahead, despite warnings from insurers and policy experts who decry the lack of evidence proving that the costly treatment produces better outcomes in prostate cancer patients, its most frequent use.
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Data Points
By Modern Healthcare | April 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
What percentage of black women have had utilities turned off because of unpaid cancer treatment bills? Read Data Points and find out.
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Limits on cancer center access just tip of the iceberg, and other letters
By Modern Healthcare | April 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The article on restricted access to cancer care is the tip of the iceberg.
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Vital Signs
Elderly suffer more colon-cancer complications
By Sabriya Rice | April 09, 2014
The number of people undergoing colon-cancer surgery decreased by slightly more than 5% a year between 2001 and 2010, with the largest decrease seen in patients ages 65 and older, a new study finds.
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Vital Signs
Cancer care to get Burns treatment
By Merrill Goozner | April 09, 2014
Ken Burns, the PBS documentarian best known for his histories of the Civil War, baseball and jazz, next turns his attention to the history and future of cancer care in America.
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Sidestepping the biopsy with new tools to spot cancer
By New York Times | April 08, 2014
For people with cancer or suspected cancer, the biopsy is a necessary evil—an uncomfortable and somewhat risky procedure to extract tissue for diagnosis or analysis. Lynn Lewis, a breast cancer patient in Brooklyn, has had her cancer analyzed an easier way: simple blood tests that are being...
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