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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
August 13, 2014

Costly Cancer Care

JAMA. 2014;312(6):591. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.9320

A new analysis has added to concerns that the high cost of cancer care and related productivity losses will risk financial ruin for increasing numbers of US families.

The study focused on data collected from 2008 to 2011 in the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Results showed that male cancer survivors had $8091 in mean annual medical expenditures compared with $3904 among males without a cancer history. For female cancer survivors, mean annual medical spending was $8412 compared with $5119 among women never diagnosed with cancer (Ekwueme DU et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014;63[23]:505-510).