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CRC End-of-life Care: Canada Versus U.S.

Key clinical point: Costs of care at the end of life among patients with a CRC diagnosis are much higher in the United States than in Canada.

Major finding: Mean total costs for all health care resources in the last month of life were 25% higher for the SEER-Medicare group compared with the Ontario group ($17,284 vs. $13,849).

Study details: Cross-sectional cohort study of older adults with a CRC diagnosis dying from any cancer during 2007-2013: 16,565 from U.S. SEER cancer registries and 6,587 from the Ontario Cancer Registry.

Disclosures: Ms. Bremner disclosed that she had no conflicts of interest. The Ontario arm of the study was funded by the Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control, which receives core funding from the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute.


Bremner KE et al. J Oncol Pract. 2019 Oct 24. doi: 10.1200/JOP.19.00061.