An NIH study projects that, in 2020, cancer care will cost at least $158 billion, in 2010 dollars — a 27 percent increase over what it cost to diagnose and treat the disease in 2010. In an analysis published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, NCI researchers say that if the tools being developed for diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up continue to be more expensive, the projected cost could reach $207 billion. The researchers say that there is a likelihood that cancer care costs will increase as new technologies and treatments — which also raise survival rates — are developed.
Cancer Doesn't Come Cheap
Jan 25, 2011