How Prostate Cancer Therapies Compare by Cost and Effectiveness

Have you ever wondered about the cost of treating prostate cancer?
Most of us don’t, but it turns out there is a fairly large cost difference between surgery and radiation therapy.

A medical research team at the University of California, San Francisco (USCF) recently published a cost analysis comparison. The study looked at the cost to the medical care system “for every year of life gained, with adjustments for complications and side effects of treatment.”

The study found only slight variations in terms of survival for men with low-risk prostate cancer, but radiation therapy was significantly more expensive for low-risk prostate cancer than surgery.

The study also found that “for intermediate- and high-risk cancer, both survival and cost generally favored surgery over other forms of treatment.”

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Matthew Cooperberg, M.D., M.P.H, led the study.

Read the press release here: PRESS RELEASE

Read the study here: FULL STUDY

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