AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting to Feature Cancer Health Economics Panel

Four panelists will offer their perspectives on cancer health economics at the AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting, to be held September 30 - October 2, in Chicago.

Annual Meeting Program Committee Chair and director of the University of Hawai’i Cancer Center, Randall F. Holcombe, MD, MBA, will moderate the panel on October 1. Panelists include Rena M. Conti, PhD, University of Chicago; Stuart Peacock, PhD, BC Cancer; and Robin Yabroff, PhD, MBA, American Cancer Society.

Opening the talk, Dr. Holcombe will address persistent shifts in the political landscape and health care marketplace, and the expanding array of challenges that cancer centers are confronting. The panelists will discuss improving patient access to cancer drugs, financial toxicity and patient adherence to treatment plans, and public perception and values in approving cancer drugs.

Dr. Conti will discuss policies that improve patient access and increase stability and adequacy of supply chain over time, including policies that have been enacted or are under consideration by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). With a focus on financial barriers that may limit patients’ access to treatment, Dr. Yabroff will describe the potential impact of cost on patient treatment adherence and financial toxicity.

In March 2017, Dr. Peacock and several colleagues published a report titled "Making Fair and Sustainable Decisions about Funding for Cancer Drugs in Canada," a national public deliberative engagement exercise—or "citizen panel"—put together as a pathway to shape how society addresses complex cancer drug funding decisions, and to generate a series of recommendations that could inform such decisions within different provincial jurisdictions and at a pan-Canadian level. Dr. Peacock will highlight this report during his talk.

Uniting the panelists’ work and interests, Dr. Holcombe will share his observations on common challenges between Canada and the US.

Information on the annual meeting, including the program and electronic registration, is available on the AACI website.