Study: Oral Cancer May Be Costliest to Treat

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Oral cavity, oral pharyngeal and salivary gland cancers may be the costliest cancers to treat in the United States, according to a study in Head & Neck Oncology.

Researchers studied cost data for OC/OP/SG cancer patients compared with costs for patients without this type of cancer. They found total annual healthcare spending for OC/OP/SG patients with commercial insurance one year after diagnosis was $79,151 compared with $7,419 for people without OC/OP/SG cancer, indicating the cost burden of oral cancer was $71,732 for these patients. The cost burden was $35,890 for Medicare patients and $44,541 for Medicaid patients.

The authors suggested the cost of treatment for OC/OP/SG cancer may be the highest compared with costs for other cancers, which range from $31,559 to $65,123, according to other studies the authors cited.

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