The cost of failed first-line cancer treatment related to continued smoking in Canada

Current Oncology

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Title The cost of failed first-line cancer treatment related to continued smoking in Canada
Creator Iragorri, N.
Essue, B.
Timmings, C.
Keen, D.
Bryant, H.
Warren, G.W.
Subject Attributable cancer treatment failures
cost burden
smoking cessation
Description Background Smoking by cancer patients and survivors causes adverse cancer treatment outcomes, but little infor­mation is available about how smoking can affect cancer treatment costs.
Methods We developed a model to estimate attributable cancer treatment failure because of continued smoking after a cancer diagnosis (afs). Canadian health system data were used to determine the additional treatment cost for afs for the most common cancers in Canada.
Results Of 206,000 patients diagnosed with cancer annually, an estimated 4789 experienced afs. The annual incre­mental cost associated with treating patients experiencing afs was estimated at between $198 million and $295 million (2017 Canadian dollars), reflecting an added incremental cost of $4,810–$7,162 per patient who continued to smoke. Analyses according to disease site demonstrated higher incremental costs where the smoking prevalence and the cost of individual second-line cancer treatment were highest. Of breast, prostate, colorectal, and lung cancers, lung cancer was associated with the highest incremental cost for treatment after afs.
Conclusions The costs associated with afs in Canada after a cancer diagnosis are considerable. Populations in which the smoking prevalence and treatment costs are high are expected to benefit the most from efforts aimed at increasing smoking cessation capacity for patients newly diagnosed with cancer.
Publisher Multimed Inc.
Date 2020-08-17
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Format application/pdf
Source Current Oncology; Vol. 27 No. 6 (2020)
Language eng
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Current Oncology

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