Evaluating the total costs of cancer. The Northwestern University Costs of Cancer Program

Oncology (Williston Park). 2003 Jan;17(1):109-14; discussion 119-21.


The Northwestern University Costs of Cancer Program consists of a series of pilot studies that address the costs of cancer care. The program is designed to serve as a template in preparation for undertaking a large-scale study of a nationally representative sample of cancer patients--i.e., in preparation for a cancer costs and services utilization study in the future. In this article, we outline the theoretical framework associated with a study of cancer costs and summarize findings from our ongoing pilot studies in this area.

MeSH terms

  • Cost of Illness*
  • Health Care Costs / statistics & numerical data*
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Health Services / economics
  • Health Services / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / economics*
  • Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Pilot Projects