Cancers in Taiwan: Practical insight from epidemiology, treatments, biomarkers, and cost

Chun Nan Kuo, Yu Ming Liao, Li Na Kuo, Hui Ju Tsai, Wei Chiao Chang, Yun Yen

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Abstract

Cancer is the leading cause of death in Taiwan, and the overall incidence rate has gradually increased. The four most common cancers in Taiwan are colorectal, lung, breast and liver cancers. With the rise in incidence, the clinical use and costs of all anticancer drugs have steadily increased. The costs of novel therapeutics, such as targeted therapies and immunotherapy were accounted almost two-third of all antineoplastic agents in Taiwan. Moving forward, it will be necessary to discuss the economic impacts to clinical use of new therapeutics, while continuing to monitor and improve the quality of cancer therapy. In this review, we describe the epidemiology, disease screening policies and medication treatment policies for colorectal, lung, breast and liver cancer. We focus on the recent developments in cancer therapeutics, discuss the use of biomarkers, and finally consider the costs and the recent advances of anticancer medications in Taiwan.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the Formosan Medical Association
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

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Taiwan
Health Care Costs
Epidemiology
Biomarkers
Therapeutic Uses
Liver Neoplasms
Costs and Cost Analysis
Colorectal Neoplasms
Lung Neoplasms
Neoplasms
Breast Neoplasms
Incidence
Therapeutics
Antineoplastic Agents
Immunotherapy
Cause of Death
Economics
Pharmaceutical Preparations

Keywords

  • Biomarkers
  • Cancer
  • Cost
  • Taiwan
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Cancers in Taiwan : Practical insight from epidemiology, treatments, biomarkers, and cost. / Kuo, Chun Nan; Liao, Yu Ming; Kuo, Li Na; Tsai, Hui Ju; Chang, Wei Chiao; Yen, Yun.

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