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Other benefits was posted 08/29/2012 09:52 pm by TabbyG
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I think this article is missing a lot of really important considerations. Median increased survival times really don't mean a whole lot. Median survival time does not even mean 'the average patient' gets whatever that time is. It is just a mathematically arrived upon number that might not apply to even one person.

Chemo not only prolongs life, but it also very often improves the quality of that life. I know the side effects are always something we grumble about and yes, they are sometimes intolerable, but the side effects of cancer are not very good either. Chemo may be able to keep those at bay until closer to the very end, giving us less time in that misery.

Quoted from the article, regarding other countries not approving payment, 'Then there is the United States, where wider access to drugs may be one of the reasons our cancer survival times rank among the highest worldwide.' That fact alone kind of disproves the 'It doesn't work anyway' idea, I believe.

Then finally, nobody even mentioned the springboard effect. If these drugs are not able to be used, how will we ever know if they really do work or not? The trials are not enough. Everything we learn, collectively, from the use of any treatment can be used to build new treatments. Studying what works and what doesn't is what makes progress. Progress is worth it. I tend to think of the big picture when we talk chemo costs. Sure, my one little life may not be worth the $15 K a month my drugs cost. But, there is benefit in my taking those treatments. What happens to me and everyone else who takes these drugs matters. It will help future research and development of new drugs and treatments. I truly believe it will help future patients. How can anyone say that is not worth the price?

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