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The Value of Progress against Cancer in the Elderly

The Value of Progress against Cancer in the Elderly

Chapter:
(p.203) 6 The Value of Progress against Cancer in the Elderly
Source:
Investigations in the Economics of Aging
Author(s):
Jay BhattacharyaAlan M. GarberMatthew MillerDaniella Perlroth
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226903163.003.0007

This chapter focuses more narrowly on progress in cancer treatment and cancer outcomes in the elderly. It considers four cancers (prostate, breast, colorectal, and lung) that together account for over half of all new cancer cases in the elderly, and for which the elderly represent 70 percent of new cases. Trends in expenditures and outcomes among Medicare beneficiaries suggest that changes in treatment during the periods studied may have improved outcomes for some but not all cancers evaluated, and even under favorable assumptions would only be considered cost-effective for a subset of cancers. A commentary is included at the end of the chapter.

Keywords:   cancer treatment, cancer outcomes, elderly, health, Medicare beneficiaries

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