Economic Impact of Clinical Trials for Childhood Cancers

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Project Title: Economic Impact of Clinical Trials Among Children Diagnosed with Cancer (SIP 15-002)

Principal Investigator: Marilyn Schapira

Co-InvestigatorsLamia Barakat, Jeffrey Silber, Charles Bailey

Project Dates: 2015-2017

More than 60% of children with cancer under age 15 receive treatment through a therapeutic clinical trial compared to about 5% of those who are older than 20 years. Understanding the costs of treatment associated with clinical trial participation is critical in determining if the effects of treatment justify the costs from a societal perspective, including costs borne by the patient and family. This study will compare the economic impact and health related quality of life outcomes among children with cancer who were treated on Phase III clinical trials to those who receive non-trial standard treatment. Outcomes evaluated will include survival, direct and indirect costs and health related quality of life. Findings will inform decision making for children with cancer and their families who are considering taking part in therapeutic clinical trials.