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How will we afford future cancer drugs?

作者:卫怩    发布时间:2019-03-01 07:09:07    

TREATMENT for colorectal cancer has come a long way since the mid-1990s. The best option then was a chemotherapy agent called fluorouracil, which let patients with metastatic tumours survive for about a year, rather than eight months if they just received palliative care. A clutch of new drugs has since doubled survival times. There is a downside, though. According to an analysis conducted in 2004 these drugs increased treatment costs 340-fold (The New England Journal of Medicine, vol 351, p 317). It’s a similar story right across oncology. With many cancer drugs costing tens of thousands of dollars a year,

 

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