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Prostate Cancer Care Costs Vary by Treatment

Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 25, 2010

Hormonal therapy plus radiation ($25,097) and surgery ($19,214) were found to have the second and third highest five-year total costs. When excluding the last 12 months of life—where the  patterns of costs are quite different in the period prior to death—total costs were highest for hormonal therapy plus radiation ($23,488) and hormonal therapy only ($23,199).

This SEER database combined cancer incidence and survival data from U.S. population-based cancer registries with Medicare administrative claims. Patients included 13,769 men aged 66 years or older who were diagnosed in 2000 and were followed for five years and divided into groups based on the treatment they received.

Janice Simmons is a senior editor and Washington, DC, correspondent for HealthLeaders Media Online. She can be reached at

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