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Surviving cancer without going broke

HICOR’s Value in Cancer Care Summit tackles skyrocketing costs, financial toxicity, balancing cost with the right care and more

April 11, 2017 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

About 200 patients, payers, providers and policymakers gathered with Fred Hutch researchers April 7 to discuss ways to bump value and bring down costs of cancer care. The day-long event marked the fourth Value in Cancer Care Summit, sponsored by the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research.

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Can Rx monopolies be tamed?

Why prescription drugs cost twice as much in U.S. versus other advanced nations ― and what might be done about it

Aug. 23, 2016 | By Bill Briggs / Fred Hutch News Service

A new study blames “government-protected monopolies” granted to drug makers for fueling the surge in prescription prices ― a trend that’s hitting American patients hardest of all.

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‘The care you want at a pivotal time in your life’

Medicare to reimburse for end-of-life conversations between doctors and patients

July 9, 2015 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

Medicare announced yesterday that it plans to reimburse for discussions between terminal patients and doctors about end-of-life care, a much-needed change in policy that has been lauded by many patient advocate organizations and health care providers.

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Head and neck cancers: Potential to improve outcomes

Study links patient, tumor characteristics with breaks in radiotherapy that could cure

Sept. 28, 2009

Medicare recipients with head and neck cancers commonly do not complete radiation therapy without interruptions, or at all. A study led by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center scientists addresses why.

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