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From 1975 to 1996, new cancer drugs increased life expectancy of cancer patients by about one year, at an estimated cost of $3,000—well below the estimated value of a statistical life-year.

The Expanding Pharmaceutical Arsenal in the War on Cancer. NBER Working Paper Series Web site. http://www.nber.org/papers/w10328. Published 2004

Reference

Title
The Expanding Pharmaceutical Arsenal in the War on Cancer
Publication
NBER Working Paper Series
Publication Date
Published 2004
Authors
Lichtenberg, F
URL
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