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Date:11/20/2008

management of colorectal cancer," Lyman said.

Life-extending therapies introduced over the past several years can almost double survival time in some cases and have led to a 340 percent increase in chemotherapy costs for colorectal cancer treatment, the study found.

"For many of these colorectal cancer patients, depending on how advanced their disease is, we may be talking about buying a few months. And these rapidly increasing costs have raised ethical questions about whether such sums of money should be dedicated to treatments that may modestly prolong life but not offer increased cure rate," Lyman said.

He added that the study findings suggest new strategies may be necessary to limit the economic impact of newer colorectal cancer therapies, such as easing restrictions on the federal government's ability to negotiate drug prices and asking drug makers to reassess their pricing policies.

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The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about colorectal cancer treatment.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Duke Medicine, news release, Nov. 7, 2008


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