Treating anxiety in people with cancer could save the health system money

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Treating anxiety in people with cancer could save the health system money
It is normal to experience distress after a cancer diagnosis, but for some people distress can become so severe it affects a person’s mental health. We found that people who have anxiety as well as cancer often cost the health system more, particularly when anxiety is undiagnosed and untreated. Cancer patients with clinical levels of ...

5 great quotes from the Women in Economics Retreat

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5 great quotes from the Women in Economics Retreat
Last week I attended the 2018 Women in Economics Retreat, organised by the Economics Society of Australia Women in Economics Network. It was 2 days in the Southern Highlands with a wonderful group of early and mid-career researchers, led by an amazing selection of mentors. The attendees worked in a broad range of economics roles, ...

$46 billion in productivity lost to cancer in developing countries

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$46 billion in productivity lost to cancer in developing countries
Premature – and potentially avoidable – death from cancer is costing tens of billions of dollars in lost productivity in a group of key developing economies that includes China, India and South Africa. Over two-thirds of the world’s cancer deaths occur in economically developing countries, but the societal costs of cancer have rarely been assessed ...

The reality of chemotherapy side effects

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The reality of chemotherapy side effects
My latest publication shows that over three-quarters of people having chemotherapy in New South Wales experience multiple side effects during their treatment, and for over 60% of people this included a serious side effect. These results confirm previous research that suggests side effects might be more common, and more serious, in clinical practice (ie ‘real ...

Cancer deaths to cost Ireland €73 billion over the next 20 years

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A paper I worked on at the National Cancer Registry Ireland has been published in the journal BMC Cancer. Together with my collaborators, we estimated that deaths from cancer over the next 20 years will cost the Irish economy €73 billion in lost productivity. When people die from cancer, society loses their contribution to the ...

Our respondents didn’t understand these questions – do you?

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Dr Alison Pearce has won a Best Poster Presentation Award at the Health Economics Study Group Winter Meeting 2016 (HESG) held in Manchester in January 2016. The award was given for Alison’s poster “Our respondents didn’t understand these questions – do you? Cognitive interviewing highlights unanticipated decision making in a discrete choice experiment.” The poster described 17 ...

ISPOR Best New Investigator Award

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Dr Alison Pearce has won a Best New Investigator Presentation Award at the Annual European Congress of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR). The award recognises the scientific merit of a podium presentation at the conference, which was held in Milan, Italy. The award was given for Alison’s work which found that ...

Research on the costs of cancer to be presented at an international conference in India

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Cancer deaths in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (the largest emerging economies in the world) result in over $51 billion (USD) in lost productivity each year. These results are being presented at an international conference in India today. Researchers at the National Cancer Registry Ireland (NCRI) have estimated that lost productivity due to ...

Is prostate cancer follow-up by GPs more efficient than hospital based care?

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After treatment for prostate cancer, men have ongoing follow-up to monitor for the cancer returning, and to manage any treatment side effects. Traditionally, this follow-up is done by specialist clinicians in the hospital setting, but the growing number of prostate cancer survivors means this is not sustainable. Evidence suggests that follow-up by a GP, instead ...

Research into costs of cancer follow-up wins MASCC conference award

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Dr Alison Pearce has won a Young Investigator of the Year Award at the Annual Meeting on Supportive Care in Cancer, hosted by the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) and the International Society of Oral Oncology (ISOO). The Young Investigator of the Year Awards recognise outstanding young investigators’ research accomplishments. The award was ...