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Inpatient cancer costs to rise 20% in a decade

Published on 16/09/2013

The cost of care for patients suffering from breast and prostate cancer in England will increase by 20% in the next ten years, according to Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Macmillan Cancer Support charity bus

A study commissioned by Macmillan Cancer Support estimates that inpatient costs for the two diseases will rise to £790m a year between 2010 and 2020. Breast and prostate cancer are responsible for 28% of all new cancer diagnoses each year in the UK.

The charity commissioned the Monitor Deloitte study and believes that the improvements in beating cancer and stronger survival rates are increasing aftercare costs.

Macmillan also feels that the effects of treatment and other health complications stemming from the cancer are increasing the cost of care for cancer sufferers and survivors.

Breast cancer and prostate cancer are the most common cancers in the UK for women and men respectively, according to Cancer Research UK.

Professor Jane Maher, chief health officer at Macmillan, said: “As the cost of caring for people with cancer in hospital escalates, it will be increasingly important that every patient receives a ‘cancer recovery package’ at the end of treatment.

“These are tailored to support people to manage their own recovery at home and prevent the chances of them having to go back to hospital because of other health problems linked to their cancer and its treatment.”

A recent study from the same charity forecast that one on two people will get cancer in their lifetime and another separate study showed that 25% of people living with cancer suffer poor health or disability caused by their condition.

Macmillan is campaigning for the NHS to redesign the cancer services they offer so that they can accommodate the rising cost of cancer care.

Ciarán Devane, chief executive at Macmillan, believes that the UK needs to change the current system regarding cancer care and wants programmes that focus on better social care would reduce costs and increase productivity.

He said: “This would deliver better care for people with cancer and would be cheaper for the NHS.”

Some health insurance providers have comprehensive cancer care plans alongside their standard private medical cover to help with cancer treatment.

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