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Publication Abstract

Authors: Lang K, Marciniak MD, Faries D, Stokes M, Buesching D, Earle C, Treat J, Babineaux S, Morissette N, Thompson D

Title: Costs of first-line doublet chemotherapy and lifetime medical care in advanced non-small-cell lung cancer in the United States.

Journal: Value Health 12(4):481-8

Date: 2009 Jun

Abstract: OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to identify total lifetime medical-care costs and costs associated with first-line chemotherapy treatment among older patients with stage IIIB/IV non-small-cell lung cancer treated with commonly used two-drug chemotherapy ("doublet") regimens in the United States. METHODS: Study patients included individuals aged 65 years and older who received a diagnosis of stage IIIB/IV non-small-cell lung cancer in a Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results cancer registry between 1997 and 2002 and who received first-line treatment with commonly used doublet regimens. Patients were followed retrospectively in the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results-Medicare database to evaluate lifetime medical-care costs and costs while on first-line chemotherapy treatment. Pairwise comparisons of treatment costs were estimated by using nonparametric bootstrap methods. RESULTS: Lifetime medical-care costs totaled approximately $70,000 and on-treatment costs for first-line chemotherapy totaled approximately $30,000 among study patients and were dominated by hospitalization and physician costs. Lifetime costs were significantly higher among patients treated with first-line cisplatin/carboplatin (platinum) plus a taxane compared with those who received platinum plus gemcitabine [difference: $4781 ($1558-$8039)] or other doublet therapy [difference: $5961 ($2333-$9614)]. Total on-treatment costs for first-line chemotherapy were significantly higher among patients treated with platinum plus a taxane compared with those who received platinum plus gemcitabine [difference: $5825 ($3872-$7770)], platinum plus another agent [difference: $5968 ($3995-$7975)], or another doublet therapy [difference: $3663 ($1620-$5740)]. CONCLUSIONS: There is a cost differential between first-line doublet regimens in terms of lifetime and on-treatment costs. Although doublet therapy with platinum and a taxane was the most frequently utilized regimen, it was associated with the highest lifetime and on-treatment costs.

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