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Dinan MA, Wilson LE, Reed SD
Chemotherapy costs and 21-gene recurrence score genomic testing among Medicare beneficiaries with early-stage breast cancer, 2005 to 2011.
This study examined whether associations between 21-gene recurrence score (RS) genomic testing and lower costs among patients with early-stage, estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer were observable in real-world data from the Medicare population. The investigators found that RS testing was associated with lower overall and chemotherapy-related costs in patients with high-risk disease, consistent with lower chemotherapy use among these patients. Higher overall costs for patients with intermediate-risk and low-risk disease were driven largely by non-treatment-related costs.
Citation: Dinan MA, Wilson LE, Reed SD . Chemotherapy costs and 21-gene recurrence score genomic testing among Medicare beneficiaries with early-stage breast cancer, 2005 to 2011. J Natl Compr Canc Netw 2019 Mar;17(3):245-54. doi: 10.6004/jnccn.2018.7097..
Keywords: Cancer, Cancer: Breast Cancer, Treatments, Genetics, Healthcare Costs, Medicare, Women