Cancer Care Is Getting Better, But Also More Expensive

An effective but costly clinical approach uses faster technology and targeted pharmaceuticals to combine diagnostics with therapeutics.

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March-April 2020

Volume 108, Number 2
Page 106

DOI: 10.1511/2020.108.2.106

Few medical pronouncements carry as much impact as a diagnosis of cancer. When faced with the sudden need to find out a lot about a complicated topic, most of us now look online. Amid the torrent of information available under the heading of “cancer care,” it’s difficult to discern any general trends in the field. One tendency does stand out, however: Advances in technology are rapidly increasing both the quality and the cost of that care.

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