Chemotherapy Costs and 21-Gene Recurrence Score Genomic Testing Among Medicare Beneficiaries With Early-Stage Breast Cancer, 2005 to 2011.

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Journal Article

BACKGROUND: This study examined whether associations between 21-gene recurrence score (RS) genomic testing and lower costs among patients with early-stage, estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer are observable in real-world data from the Medicare population. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted using SEER-Medicare data for a nationally representative sample of Medicare beneficiaries diagnosed from 2005 through 2011. The main outcomes were associations between RS testing and overall and chemotherapy-specific costs. The primary analysis was restricted to patients aged 66 to 75 years. RESULTS: The primary analysis comprised 30,058 patients. Mean costs 1 year after diagnosis were $35,940 [SD, $28,894] overall, $51,127 [33,386] for clinically high-risk disease, $33,225 [$27,711] for intermediate-risk disease, and $26,695 [$19,532] for low-risk disease. Chemotherapy-specific costs followed similar trends. In multivariable analyses, RS testing was associated with significantly lower costs among high-risk patients in terms of both relative costs (cost ratio, 0.88; 99% CI, 0.82-0.94) and absolute costs ($6,606; 99% CI, $39,223-$9,290). Higher costs among low-risk and intermediate-risk patients were mainly caused by higher noncancer costs. In sensitivity analyses that included all patients aged ≥66 years (N=64,996), associations between RS testing and costs among high-risk patients were similar but less pronounced because of lower overall use of chemotherapy. CONCLUSIONS: RS testing was associated with lower overall and chemotherapy-related costs in patients with high-risk disease, consistent with lower chemotherapy use among these patients. Higher overall costs for patients with intermediate-risk and low-risk disease were driven largely by non-treatment-related costs.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dinan, MA; Wilson, LE; Reed, SD

Published Date

  • March 1, 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 17 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 245 - 254

PubMed ID

  • 30865923

Pubmed Central ID

  • 30865923

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1540-1413

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.6004/jnccn.2018.7097

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States