Cost of Treatments for Colon Cancer
The cost of colon cancer has been the subject matter of various scientific investigations. These investigations were most likely encouraged by recent screening initiatives and efforts to increase public awareness of colon cancer. Cost estimation effectiveness of colon cancer screening in the elderly is difficult because of the imprecision in screening effectiveness.
Correctly estimating the direct medical cost of cancer is pertinent to policymakers weighing new choices for cancer prevention and control, screening guidelines and treatments. If colon cancer screening is not effective in the elderly, then it is definitely not cost-effective. On the other hand, if colon cancer screening is effective in minimizing the risk of cancer and death then the ratio of net health care costs to a measure of effectiveness can help policymakers conclude whether the strategy is worth its costs and risks.
Though getting rid of cancer is the main goal of every treatment regime, doing so without spending an excessive amount of money is a good upshot to the main goal. As colon cancer causes a fairly high amount of cancer related deaths with similarly high price tag for advanced stage treatment.
Treatment strategies are often extremely intricate. Unless diagnosed very early, colorectal cancer will widen and make easy excision through surgical means almost unfeasible. Thus, several costs, in addition to the surgeon’s fee must be taken into consideration:
- Surgeon’s fee
- Chemotherapy fees
- Drug fees
- Radiation therapy fees
- Hospital fees
- Anesthesiologist fees
Though the cost of treatment of colon cancer depends on the severity of the disease (Stage: A, B, C, and D), it has been estimated that if the disease is diagnosed early then the cost of therapy will be much lower as compared to the cost of treating late cancer. It is therefore, important to spread awareness about the disease and more emphasis should be given on screening in order to effectively treat the disease at lower costs.