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7 Key Cancer Trends For 2018

(Forbes) Dec 31, 2017 - Few doctors, even oncologists who subspecialize, can keep up with developments in the field.

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Winston Wong, PharmD (Posted: January 02, 2018)

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These 7 Key Trends are definitely a continuation of what we have seen through 2017. From a payer perspective, while the decrease in Chemotherapy is balanced by the increase in targeted therapy is technically true, in the end, the patient is receiving some treatment, which is driving cost. We all will have to deal with how to deal with rising cost. Is value-based payments in the future? Probably yes, but not the near future as we all need to determine a methodology to define value and outcomes. Payers will be put into more of a struggle as the number of tumor agnostic tests increases and payers need to modify their payment policies. And finally, patient outcomes and satisfaction will become part of the "value" equation.

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