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  1. Lumpectomy or mastectomy ? Is breast conserving surgery too expensive ?

    Article - En anglais

    In the last decade, breast cancer patients have enjoyed an increase in breast conserving surgery (BCS).

    At present, modified radical mastectomy (MRM) and BCS offers equal expectations of survival.

    During the last few years, however, a drop in the frequency of BCS has been reported by several authors.

    Is this new trend due to economic concerns ?

    To clarify the costs of breast cancer therapy (stage I and II), we review the literature and include a cost-utility and a cost-minimisation analysis comparing MRM and BCS.

    The treatment cost (per patient) of BCS and MRM in Norway was calculated at $ 9,564 and $ 5,596, respectively.

    Employing a quality of life gain in BCS of 0.03 (0-1 scale) and a 5% discount rate, the cost per QALY in BCS compared to MRM was $ 20,508.

    In cost-minimising analysis, BCS and mastectomy followed by reconstructive surgery had a cost of $ 10,748 and $ 8,538, respectively.

    This indicates that BCS remains within reasonable cost and should not be displaced by mastectomy on economic grounds.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Tumeur maligne, Glande mammaire, Mastectomie, Chirurgie conservatrice, Etude comparative, Coût, Traitement, Femelle, Homme, Radiothérapie, Survie, Récidive, Glande mammaire pathologie, Economie santé

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Malignant tumor, Mammary gland, Mastectomy, Conservative surgery, Comparative study, Costs, Treatment, Female, Human, Radiotherapy, Survival, Relapse, Mammary gland diseases, Health economy

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0465923

    Code Inist : 002B25K. Création : 03/02/1998.