Navigation Links
Medicare Will Pay for Prostate Cancer Drug
Date:7/1/2011

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, June 30 (HealthDay News) -- The cost of Provenge, an expensive and newly approved therapeutic prostate cancer vaccine, will be covered by Medicare for men with metastatic prostate cancer, the agency announced late Thursday.

The vaccine, made by the Dendreon Corp., costs $93,000 per patient and extends survival by about four months on average, according to results from clinical trials. A panel of experts convened by Medicare gave the nod for coverage last November, but the agency has only now announced it would cover the treatment.

"We are optimistic that innovative strategies may improve the experience of care for our beneficiaries who have cancer," Dr. Donald M. Berwick, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), said in an agency news release. "CMS is dedicated to assuring that these patients can seek the treatments they need in accordance with their wishes."

Research does suggest that the vaccine can extend the lives of men with cancer that has spread beyond the prostate. One study, published in July 2010 in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that the vaccine extended the lives of men with metastatic tumors resistant to standard hormonal treatment, compared with no treatment. And the therapy involved less toxicity than chemotherapy.

Provenge is a therapeutic (not preventive) vaccine made from the patient's own white blood cells. Once removed from the patient, the cells are treated with the drug and placed back into the patient. These treated cells then trigger an immune response that in turn kills cancer cells, leaving normal cells unharmed. The vaccine is given intravenously in a three-dose schedule delivered in two-week intervals.

"The strategy of trying to harness the immune system to fight cancer has been something that people have tried to attain for many years; this is one such strategy," study lead
'/>"/>

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Most Medicare Patients With Cancer Get Good Surgical Care: Study
2. Poll Finds Little Support for GOP Plan to Privatize Medicare
3. Medicare should employ new data sources, methods to ensure accuracy of geographic adjustments to payments
4. Medicare payment adjustments -- focus of new IOM report releasing June 1
5. Medicare improved Canadian doctors salaries: Queens University study
6. Fewer Medicare Patients Hospitalized for Heart Trouble
7. Study Questions Overuse of Colonoscopy in Medicare Patients
8. Colorectal cancer screening rates on rise among Medicare beneficiaries due to expansion of coverage
9. Medicares Drug Coverage Gap to Shrink Away Under Health Care Reform
10. Brigham and Womens Hospital selected to participate in Medicare imaging demonstration project
11. Health care reform can help align preventive care recommendations with Medicare coverage
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Medicare Will Pay for Prostate Cancer Drug 
(Date:11/27/2014)... Allowing children to help with chores while they are ... responsibility, ownership, boosts self-esteem, and above all, helps parents maintain ... question is, how do you encourage your children to want ... published by Child Development Journal, there is. The study found ... child’s willingness to lend a hand. , The study ...
(Date:11/27/2014)... Ethane Web Technologies, which is an ... reputation management service. , The company has designed ... world of internet marketing and algorithms of major search ... Web Technologies does not work with the same strategy ... to reach a conclusion what will work for the ...
(Date:11/27/2014)... Viejo, CA, (PRWEB) November 26, 2014 ... their browser-based presentation platform, focused on increasing audience ... by Britannic Technologies. Lintelus’ software platform includes a ... audience and presenter in a collaborative, interactive multi-screen ... meeting and the presentation in real time on ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... 26, 2014 Healthpointe is proud to ... Perris , and it will be led by a ... the field of Occupational Medicine and utilizes the latest ... specialist delivers quality care for employers and their employees, ... , As an Occupational Medicine physician, ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... Sweetdressy.com, the well-known wedding dress manufacturer for the global ... dresses for ladies worldwide. Meanwhile, these graceful items are ... are very popular in the world and clients can ... , Sweetdressy.com believes that a company can attract ... and best services. The spirit of the company is ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Ethane Web Technologies Announces Online Reputation Management Service 2Health News:Lintelus Showcases its Feature-Rich Presentation Technology Solution at Convergence Summit’s Annual Event in London 2Health News:Healthpointe now offering Occupational Medicine in their Perris Medical Clinic 2Health News:Healthpointe now offering Occupational Medicine in their Perris Medical Clinic 3Health News:Cheap Prom Dresses For Ladies Introduced At SweetDressy.com 2
... DIMAS, Calif., May 19 While scientists ... discovering technologies that will produce super longevity, ... older. Now a new resveratrol-based dietary supplement ... for adults who want to live longer ...
... from an African Man Living with HIV/AIDS Presented to ... President to cut down on the U.S. global health ... AIDS funding is tantamount to genocide, and Mr. Obama ... -- Felix Mwanza, Open Letter to President Obama, May ...
... to train military spouses under the department,s recently expanded CAA education ... ... 2009 -- Career Step , a leading online healthcare education ... military spouses under the department,s recently expanded Career Advancement Account (CAA) ...
... Theravive is pleased to announce expansion into Michigan, ... professional psychotherapists. Psychotherapy and Marriage Counseling ... from a foundation of healthy values with the ... The Theravive network aggressively promotes professional therapists on ...
... Despite the current economic recession, physician and patient demand ... accelerate at healthy rates. Sound Surgical Technologies LLC, ... system during the first quarter of 2009. Further, over ... Each month more than 10,000 patients visit the VASER.com ...
... than Seek to Entrench ItselfOMAHA, Neb., May 18 ... directors and holder of approximately 39% of the outstanding ... today that he strongly disagreed with the Company,s recent ... the Company must explore strategic alternatives."I believe that the ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:New Longevinex Advantage(R) Designed for Americans Who Want to Live Longer and Look Younger 2Health News:Global Health Advocates Call for Pan-African Voices to Speak Up 2Health News:Global Health Advocates Call for Pan-African Voices to Speak Up 3Health News:Career Step Approved to Train Military Spouses with Department of Defense CAA Funds 2Health News:Theravive.com Expands Values Counseling and Therapy Into Michigan, Florida, and Washington State 2Health News:Theravive.com Expands Values Counseling and Therapy Into Michigan, Florida, and Washington State 3Health News:Sound Surgical Technologies LLC Places 1,000th VASER Lipo System Amongst Strong Patient Demand 2Health News:InfoGroup Founder and Board Member Criticizes Adoption of Poison Pill 2Health News:InfoGroup Founder and Board Member Criticizes Adoption of Poison Pill 3
(Date:11/26/2014)... , Nov. 26, 2014  Aethlon Medical, Inc. ... definitive agreement to raise approximately $3.3 million at a ... made by one institutional healthcare focused investor. Each unit consists ... a common share purchase warrant. Each whole warrant entitles ... price of $0.30 for a period of five years ...
(Date:11/26/2014)...   Regulus Therapeutics Inc . (NASDAQ: ... development of innovative medicines targeting microRNAs, today announced that ... of Regulus, will present a company overview at the ... the New York Palace Hotel on Wednesday, December 3, ... webcast at the time of the presentation and can ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... -- BioScrip ® , Inc. (NASDAQ: BIOS ) announced today ... will present at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2014 Leveraged ... , , , Wednesday, December 3, 2014 , , , ... , , Location: , , , Boca Raton Resort and Club, ... BioScrip, Inc. is a leading national provider of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Aethlon Medical Announces $3.3 Million Equity Investment 2Aethlon Medical Announces $3.3 Million Equity Investment 3Regulus to Present at the 26th Annual Piper Jaffray Healthcare Conference and Genetic Rx Conference 2Regulus to Present at the 26th Annual Piper Jaffray Healthcare Conference and Genetic Rx Conference 3
... -- Simcere Pharmaceutical Group ("Simcere" or the "Company") (NYSE: ... in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of branded and ... Mr. Hong Zhao, a highly regarded executive in the ... sales and marketing, effective February 12, 2011. ...
... Calif., Feb. 10, 2011 Renaissance Surgical Arts at Newport ... center in the Western United States to offer intraoperative radiotherapy ... in the TARGIT-A multicenter human clinical trial that demonstrated IORT ... with early breast cancer. IORT has the ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Simcere Pharmaceutical Group Appoints Industry Veteran Mr. Hong Zhao as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing 2Renaissance Surgical Arts at Newport Harbor Announces Single-Dose Radiation Treatment Alternative for Women with Early Breast Cancer 2Renaissance Surgical Arts at Newport Harbor Announces Single-Dose Radiation Treatment Alternative for Women with Early Breast Cancer 3
... Korchek Technologies CareChek ... employs barcode technology, Windows ... with integrated scanners (to ... at the bedside) and ...
... Korchek Technologies CareChek Rx ... barcode technology, Windows CE ... integrated scanners (to perform ... the bedside) and an ...
... care management tools that support the nursing ... vital signs and I&O information at the ... on-line flow sheets. This design supports compliance ... the hall, or at the nursing station, ...
For superior bar code scanning performance with maximum user comfort at a highly attractive price, the LS 4000i Scanner Series from Symbol Technologies establishes an award-winning standard of excell...
Medicine Products: