Resource utilization and cost saving analysis of subcutaneous versus intravenous trastuzumab in early breast cancer patients

Alberto Farolfi, Paolo Silimbani, Davide Gallegati, Elisabetta Petracci, Alessio Schirone, Mattia Altini, Carla Masini

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Abstract

We conducted an economic evaluation of intravenous (IV) vs subcutaneous (SC) trastuzumab for the treatment of patients with early breast cancer (EBC). Data of patients receiving adjuvant IV trastuzumab at our institute in 2014 were used to study three different treatment scenarios: 1) IV trastuzumab, 2) SC trastuzumab, and 3) IV trastuzumab during chemotherapy followed by SC trastuzumab. Our cohort included 114 patients with a median weight of 63.75 kg. Scenario 2 was the most time-saving treatment, with 71.7% reduction in preparation time and 89.3% reduction in chair time compared to scenario 1. Considering full costs, the mean costs per patient/year were € 14,233 ± 8,698 for scenario 1, € 14,272 ± 8,312 for scenario 2, and € 14,535 ± 8,646 for scenario 3 (p = 0.959). When mean body weight was > 65.2 kg, the mean cost was lower in scenario 2 than in scenario 1. Scenario 2 proved a valuable time-saving and cost-saving option. A shift from IV to SC trastuzumab should be considered, especially in capacity-constrained oncology departments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81343-81349
Number of pages7
JournalOncotarget
Volume8
Issue number46
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017

Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • Economic evaluation
  • Oncology
  • Subcutaneous trastuzumab

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology

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