Silver Book Fact

A 2002 study found that image-guided percutaneous needle biopsies are between 3 and 7 times more cost-effective than open surgical biopsies, require a shorter procedure time, result in fewer infections, and allow earlier treatment if cancer is found.

Jelinek J, Murphey M, Welker J, Henshaw R, et al. Diagnosis of Primary Bone Tumors with Image-Guided Percutaneous Biopsy: Experience with 110 tumors. Radiology. 2002; 223: 731-7. http://radiology.rsnajnls.org/cgi/content/abstract/223/3/731

Reference

Title
Diagnosis of Primary Bone Tumors with Image-Guided Percutaneous Biopsy: Experience with 110 tumors
Publication
Radiology
Publication Date
2002
Authors
Jelinek J, Murphey M, Welker J, Henshaw R, et al.
Pages
731-7
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Innovative Medical Research
  • Human Value

Related Facts

  • Studies have shown that annual mammograms reduce breast cancer related mortality in women by 20-40%.  
  • A one percent reduction in lung, colorectal, breast, leukemia, pancreatic, and brain cancer mortality would reduce productivity costs by $814 million per year.  
  • A modest decrease of 1% in cancer mortality has been estimated to be worth $500 billion in social value.  
  • Medicines in Devlopment for Cancer, 2008  
  • Cancer patients in the U.S. experience greater survival gains than those in European countries, and the value of additional gains exceeds the additional cost of care in the U.S.