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Cancer Care

23rd March 2006

23032006_EconCancerQ1.jpgCancer could be transformed from a deadly disease to a manageable condition within the next 20 years, reports The Sunday Times, but the costs could not be met by the NHS in its current form.

Thanks to new drugs and technologies, cancer could become a chronic illness similar to diabetes; it will just need to be controlled. But these drugs are currently too expensive to be made widely available and, to make matters worse, the number of cancer patients is increasing as more people survive the disease, says The Week.

This book examines the interaction of economics and the delivery of cancer care in the global context. It analyses the causes of tension between those paying for care, those providing the care and those marketing drugs and devices. The concept and requirement for rationing is examined in different economic environments. As cancer increases in incidence and prevalence, the economics of providing care becomes a more important subject than ever before. Written by a leading health economist and oncologist, this is the first comprehensive book on the economics of cancer care and is essential reading for health professionals and policy makers alike.

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