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The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) new value framework abandons the Hippocratic Oath. No longer is the doctor’s first obligation to “apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required.” Instead, ASCO’s value framework has the potential to help insurers “evaluate the relative value of new treatments” as they develop “benefit structures, adjustment of insurance premiums, and implementation of clinical pathways and administrative controls."
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The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “logistics” as the things that must be done to plan and organize a complicated activity that involves many people. The modern delivery of cancer care precisely parallels this definition.
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San Antonio, TX—Many new drugs are currently in development for the treatment of patients with breast cancer. The following is a selection of drugs featured at the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
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The study “Impact of oophorectomy on cancer incidence and mortality in women with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation” that was recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (Finch AP, et al. 2014 February 24 [Epub ahead of print]) provides an update of previous work by the same investigators on a similar population.
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Prehabilitation (or "prehab") has a long history as an important part of the rehabilitation care continuum.
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Too often, palliative care, which was officially recognized as a medical specialty in 2006, is mistakenly thought to be synonymous with hospice care. Although palliative care includes the coordination of care for patients at the end of their lives, it more broadly aims to reduce patient suffering and is available to all patients with serious disease.
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In the December 2012 issue of Value-Based Cancer Care (VBCC), several Editorial Board members addressed the recent events surrounding the cost of cancer drugs and the reduction of the price of ziv-aflibercept (Zaltrap). VBCC continued this discussion with Al B. Benson III, MD, FACP, FASCO.
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With the fanfare of a New York Times Op-Ed piece by Peter B. Bach, MD, and colleagues, the announcement was made that Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) would exclude the new colorectal cancer drug ziv-aflibercept (Zaltrap) from its formulary.
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The cost of cancer care is staggering. Global sales of cancer drugs alone are forecast to grow at a rate of 12% to 15% annually, reaching $75 billion to $80 billion by the end of this year, according to IMS Health.
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