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Is the routine use of bevacizumab in the treatment of women with advanced or recurrent cancer of the cervix sustainable?

Authors Klag N, Walter AC, Sheely K, Manahan KJ, Geisler J

Received 16 July 2014

Accepted for publication 29 August 2014

Published 21 June 2016 Volume 2016:8 Pages 287—291


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Giorgio Lorenzo Colombo

Natalie Klag, Adam C Walter, Kristen M Sheely, Kelly J Manahan, John P Geisler

Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Cancer Treatment Centers of America Newnan, Georgia, USA

New chemotherapy combinations are being tested for the treatment of women with advanced, persistent or recurrent cervical cancer. We sought to evaluate the cost effectiveness of some newer combination therapies in cervical cancer.
Patients and methods: A cost effectiveness decision model was used to analyze Gynecologic Oncology Group 240. All regimens were modeled for seven cycles. The regimens studied are as follows: regimen 1, cisplatin/paclitaxel (CP); regimen 2, CP with bevacizumab (CP+B); regimen 3, paclitaxel/topotecan (PT); and regimen 4, PT with bevacizumab (PT+B). Overall survival, cost, and complications were studied. Sensitivity analyses were performed.
Results: Mean chemotherapy costs over mean total costs for seven cycles of each follows: CP $571/$32,966; CP+B $61,671/$96,842; PT $9,211/$71,620; and PT+B $70,312/$109,211. Incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) for CP+B was $133,559/quality adjusted life year (QALY). ICER for PT+B was $124,576/QALY. To achieve an incremental ICER for CP+B:CP of <$50,000/QALY gained, the mean overall survival has to increase from 1.1 years with CP to 3.5 years with CP+B. An ICER <$50,000/QALY for the other regimens would take a survival of >10 years for PT and 4.1 years for PT+B. Treating 1,000 women with cervical cancer with CP+B would cost almost double the cost of treating >18,000 women with ovarian cancer annually (carboplatin/paclitaxel).
Conclusion: CP is the most cost effective regimen. A 12-month increase in overall survival will not even make the newer combinations cost effective. Currently, the use of bevacizumab is not sustainable at today's costs.

Keywords: cervical cancer, chemotherapy, bevacizumab, cost-effectiveness

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