Estimating breast cancer treatment charges in Connecticut

Conn Med. 1996 May;60(5):263-7.


Previous studies of estimated costs for cancer treatment have been limited to elderly patients or to specific health maintenance organizations. Data from the statewide population-based Connecticut Tumor Registry on a random sample of 407 breast cancer patients diagnosed in 1991 were linked with a statewide hospital-discharge database, to estimate charges (through September 1993) for inpatient and ambulatory surgery care. For the 377 cases (92.6% of 407) successfully linked, average charges attributed to breast cancer care declined with age, increased with extent of disease (stage at diagnosis), and increased with extent of surgery; these associations persisted in multivariate analyses. Total hospital-related charges for comorbid conditions (during 1991-93) were considerable by age 45 to 64 years. The merged database should be most useful in estimating charges for: cancers treated mainly by surgery (including ambulatory surgery at hospitals); comorbid conditions; and terminal care.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Breast Neoplasms / economics*
  • Connecticut
  • Female
  • Hospital Charges*
  • Humans
  • Medical Record Linkage*
  • Middle Aged
  • Pilot Projects
  • Random Allocation
  • SEER Program