Evaluating the Financial Impact of Clinical Trials in Oncology: Results From a Pilot Study From the Association of American Cancer Institutes/Northwestern University Clinical Trials Costs and Charges Project
Charles L. Bennett, Tammy J. Stinson, Victor Vogel, et al.
Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Last Modified: November 1, 2001
Reviewers: Li Liu, MD
Source: Journal of Clinical Oncology, Volume 18:2805-2810, (August) 2000.
Précis: Clinical trials no longer cost more than standard care for cancer patients
IntroductionIt is not known whether the treatment regimens employed in cancer trials increase or decrease the economic costs of care over the remaining lifetimes of cancer patients compared with conventional therapies. In this study, the researchers evaluated the medical care expenses incurred as part of cancer clinical trials.
MethodInformation on the costs of care for 70 cancer patients treated for 6 months in 5 cancer centers was gathered. Half of the patients were enrolled in phase II cancer clinical trials during the study period and half were not.
- The average medical costs for these two groups of patients were similar.
- Total treatment charges for patients enrolled in clinical studies averaged $57,542, while the costs of treating other patients averaged $63,721.