Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Radiother Oncol. 2002 Feb;62(2):227-31.

A cost-minimising analysis of standard radiotherapy and two experimental therapies in glioblastoma.

Author information

1
Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology, The Norwegian Radium Hospital, Oslo, Norway.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE:

Accelerated radiotherapy (ART) and intracavity brachytherapy (ICBT) have been introduced in the primary treatment of glioblastoma. Our objective was to determine total treatment costs, hospitalisation time, and treatment outcome in these two experimental therapies compared to standard treatment.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

In the time period 1985 to 1st May 1999, a total of 174 patients with histologically confirmed glioblastoma multiforme were given postoperative radiotherapy according to three different treatment schedules at three different time intervals. A conventional regime of external radiotherapy (54Gy/30 fractions) was given to 58 patients (group I), 75 patients were treated with ART (48Gy/twice daily 30 fractions) (group II), and 41 patients were given ICBT (60Gy/ten fractions) (group III). Treatment costs including surgery, hospital stay, hospital hotel stay, and radiotherapy were calculated.

RESULTS:

The total mean costs employing the three treatment alternatives were calculated to $25,618 (group I), $23,442 (group II), and $14,534 (group III). Total mean stay in hospital for the whole primary treatment was 48.8, 41.6, and 19 days for groups I, II, and III respectively. Median survival figures were 16, 14, and 13 months for groups I, II, and III, respectively.

CONCLUSIONS:

The total cost of postoperative radiotherapy in glioblastoma is comparable to other health care services. ART did not improve the total treatment cost or influence the need for hospitalisation compared to standard treatment. ICBT seemed to have economic benefits with less need for hospitalisation.

PMID:
11937250
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Elsevier Science
    Loading ...
    Support Center