Cancer & Money

The Cancer Industry and the True Cost of Treatment

Would curing cancer crash the economy? Stuff I don’t want to think about but I do. 

Tamoxifen takers should read final portion of this article. 

Author: Cancer Curmudgeon

Oct 2010 diagnosed with Stage 3, HER2+ Breast Cancer. Completed treatment Jan 2012. Waaaaaay over pink. Applying punk rock sensibility to how I do cancer.

5 thoughts on “Cancer & Money”

  1. “The pharmaceutical industry offers a case in point. With the cost of bringing a drug to market in excess of $800 million and low FDA approval rates for new cancer drugs, any investment in new drugs is highly risky.”

    That to me is one of the scarier lines. I read somewhere about the process and cost of getting an aspirin to a patient in a hospital.

    There is so much red tape and the aspirin passes through multiple hands before it ever gets to the patient.


    1. Did you see the recent PBS Frontline about drug resistant bacteria? Cost of drug development is an issue in that arena as well. Check out a film called Big Bucks, Big Pharma. It was interesting to me when I saw it well before I got cancer. Google it, stream it for free.


    1. Yeah, but still good to know. The only way to make things less depressing is to be informed, confront, and maybe try to change (for all things, not just issues like what is covered in the piece). At least, that is what I like to think or tell myself, although I am given to wanting to turn away from stuff like this too.


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