What is the annual cost of surveillance for recurrent bladder cancer?

Updated: Sep 10, 2019
  • Author: David A Levy, MD; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Although the incidence of bladder cancer is less than that of prostate cancer, expenditures are almost twice as high for bladder cancer because of its chronic nature and the need for long-term surveillance. According to the US Agency for Health Research and Quality, annual expenditures are $2.2 billion for bladder cancer versus $1.4 billion for prostate cancer. This suggests a close assessment of surveillance techniques and standards is appropriate.


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