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Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Lung Cancer How Much Does it Really Cost?

(2015) JOURNAL OF THORACIC ONCOLOGY. 10(3). p.454-461
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Introduction: Despite the lack of randomized evidence, stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) is being accepted as superior to conventional radiotherapy for patients with T1-2N0 non-small-cell lung cancer in the periphery of the lung and unfit or unwilling to undergo surgery. To introduce SBRT in a system of coverage with evidence development, a correct financing had to be determined. Methods: A time-driven activity-based costing model for radiotherapy was developed. Resource cost calculation of all radiotherapy treatments, standard and innovative, was conducted in 10 Belgian radiotherapy centers in the second half of 2012. Results: The average cost of lung SBRT across the 10 centers (6221(sic)) is in the range of the average costs of standard fractionated 3D-conformal radiotherapy (5919(sic)) and intensity-modulated radiotherapy (7379(sic)) for lung cancer. Hypofractionated 3D-conformal radiotherapy and intensity-modulated radiotherapy schemes are less costly (3993(sic) respectively 4730(sic)). The SBRT cost increases with the number of fractions and is highly dependent of personnel and equipment use. SBRT cost varies more by centre than conventional radiotherapy cost, reflecting different technologies, stages in the learning curve and a lack of clear guidance in this field. Conclusions: Time-driven activity-based costing of radiotherapy is feasible in a multicentre setup, resulting in real-life resource costs that can form the basis for correct reimbursement schemes, supporting an early yet controlled introduction of innovative radiotherapy techniques in clinical practice.
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Activity-Based Costing, Non–small-cell lung cancer, Cost calculation, Innovation, 3D-conformal radiotherapy, Stereotactic body radiotherapy, Intensity-modulated radiotherapy, Early stage

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Lievens, Yolande et al. “Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Lung Cancer How Much Does It Really Cost?” JOURNAL OF THORACIC ONCOLOGY 10.3 (2015): 454–461. Print.
APA
Lievens, Y., Obyn, C., Mertens, A.-S., Van Halewyck, D., & Hulstaert, F. (2015). Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Lung Cancer How Much Does it Really Cost? JOURNAL OF THORACIC ONCOLOGY, 10(3), 454–461.
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Lievens, Yolande, Caroline Obyn, Anne-Sophie Mertens, Dries Van Halewyck, and Frank Hulstaert. 2015. “Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Lung Cancer How Much Does It Really Cost?” Journal of Thoracic Oncology 10 (3): 454–461.
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Lievens, Yolande, Caroline Obyn, Anne-Sophie Mertens, Dries Van Halewyck, and Frank Hulstaert. 2015. “Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Lung Cancer How Much Does It Really Cost?” Journal of Thoracic Oncology 10 (3): 454–461.
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Lievens Y, Obyn C, Mertens A-S, Van Halewyck D, Hulstaert F. Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Lung Cancer How Much Does it Really Cost? JOURNAL OF THORACIC ONCOLOGY. 2015;10(3):454–61.
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Y. Lievens, C. Obyn, A.-S. Mertens, D. Van Halewyck, and F. Hulstaert, “Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Lung Cancer How Much Does it Really Cost?,” JOURNAL OF THORACIC ONCOLOGY, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 454–461, 2015.
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  abstract     = {Introduction: Despite the lack of randomized evidence, stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) is being accepted as superior to conventional radiotherapy for patients with T1-2N0 non-small-cell lung cancer in the periphery of the lung and unfit or unwilling to undergo surgery. To introduce SBRT in a system of coverage with evidence development, a correct financing had to be determined. 
Methods: A time-driven activity-based costing model for radiotherapy was developed. Resource cost calculation of all radiotherapy treatments, standard and innovative, was conducted in 10 Belgian radiotherapy centers in the second half of 2012. 
Results: The average cost of lung SBRT across the 10 centers (6221(sic)) is in the range of the average costs of standard fractionated 3D-conformal radiotherapy (5919(sic)) and intensity-modulated radiotherapy (7379(sic)) for lung cancer. Hypofractionated 3D-conformal radiotherapy and intensity-modulated radiotherapy schemes are less costly (3993(sic) respectively 4730(sic)). The SBRT cost increases with the number of fractions and is highly dependent of personnel and equipment use. SBRT cost varies more by centre than conventional radiotherapy cost, reflecting different technologies, stages in the learning curve and a lack of clear guidance in this field. 
Conclusions: Time-driven activity-based costing of radiotherapy is feasible in a multicentre setup, resulting in real-life resource costs that can form the basis for correct reimbursement schemes, supporting an early yet controlled introduction of innovative radiotherapy techniques in clinical practice.},
  author       = {Lievens, Yolande and Obyn, Caroline and Mertens, Anne-Sophie and Van Halewyck, Dries and Hulstaert, Frank},
  issn         = {1556-0864},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF THORACIC ONCOLOGY},
  keywords     = {Activity-Based Costing,Non–small-cell lung cancer,Cost calculation,Innovation,3D-conformal radiotherapy,Stereotactic body radiotherapy,Intensity-modulated radiotherapy,Early stage},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {454--461},
  title        = {Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Lung Cancer How Much Does it Really Cost?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/JTO.0000000000000421},
  volume       = {10},
  year         = {2015},
}

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