Progress against solid tumors in danger: The metastatic breast cancer example

Javier Corteś, Emiliano Calvo, Antonio González-Martín, Shaheenah Dawood, Antonio Llombart-Cussac, Leticia De Mattos-Arruda, Patricia Gómez, Orlando Silva, Edith A. Perez, Hope S. Rugo, Ana Lluch, Gabriel N. Hortobagyi

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The high prices of drugs and the worldwide economic and financial crisis are concerning. Of course, additional research might elucidate the subgroup of patients who will experience greater benefit, but as scientists and physicians, we should clearly separate value and price. Asurvey to assess the perception of health care workers involved in the management of women with MBC on the FDA's decision to ascertain how it will affect practice and to determine how bevacizumab is commonly used in the community for MBC was conducted. These survey results highlight the discord between the opinion of community oncologists and the FDA's recent decision to withdraw the indication of bevacizumab for MBC.33 Apositive trial is based on a statistically significant P value, which should not be confused with clinical meaning. In addition, the concept of clinicalmeaningis closely related with costs. IfOSis the primaryend point of first-line trials, only the prognosis of a few tumors will be improved, and only over the course of a few years. This controversy is not only relevant to bevacizumab in MBC. The lack of consistency and transparency in the drug approval process is dangerous and likely to discourage pharmaceutical companies from developing new drugs. Progress in our fight to cure cancer will be jeopardized if we confuse value and price.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3444-3447
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number28
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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