ASCO Convenes Panel on Costs, Benefits for Patients and Families

cancer-costs1The Philadelphia Inquirer (11/16, Bauers) carries an interview with Dr. Adam Dicker, professor and chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College, who is a coauthor of guidelines developed by the American Society of Clinical Oncology “to help physicians, patients, and their families assess efficacy, toxicity, and costs of the various treatment options.” Dicker said, “The good news in oncology is that…there are now a number of new drugs that have clinical benefit.” He explained that ASCO organized a panel to “look at the best-quality data available” in order to calculate cost of treatment and expected benefits. The panel produced “a very useful visual called ‘Evidence Blocks’ that play a pivotal role when having a conversation with a patient and their family.”

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