Economics of cancer biomarkers. Academic Article uri icon


  • Cancer accounts for approximately 13% of all deaths worldwide, and in 2010 the estimated total cost of cancer in the USA was more than US$263 billion. Biomarker use for screening, monitoring, diagnosis and treatment optimization has the potential to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs associated with inappropriate (or suboptimal) therapeutic regimens. Since a new technology may have additional initial cost, a policy question arises regarding whether the improvement in outcomes is attained at a 'reasonable' additional cost compared with existing technology. This paper presents an overview of health economic issues surrounding biomarkers in general, with a focus on cancer care and treatment optimization in particular. While this article is not a systematic review of the literature, it includes relevant examples to provide a real-world perspective.

published proceedings

  • Per Med

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Schneider, J. E., Sidhu, M. K., Doucet, C., Kiss, N., Ohsfeldt, R. L., & Chalfin, D.

citation count

  • 15

complete list of authors

  • Schneider, John E||Sidhu, Manpreet K||Doucet, Cynthia||Kiss, Noemi||Ohsfeldt, Robert L||Chalfin, Donald

publication date

  • January 2012