Cancer

Racial disparities in cancer are shrinking

Surgery
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The racial disparity in cancer deaths is getting smaller, the American Cancer Society reported yesterday.

The big picture: Three cancers — lung, colorectal and prostate — have driven most of that improvement, which ACS attributed to a big decline in smoking.

Medicare will pay for new cancer therapy

Test tubes arranged on a table in a federal lab.
Test tubes at a federal lab studying CAR-T. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Medicare is proposing to cover the new cancer treatment, known as CAR-T, that helps patients fight the disease with their own immune cells.

Yes, but: This doesn't address how much Medicare will pay. Cancer hospitals are lobbying for higher payments after Medicare said earlier this year it would pay $223,000 for the average inpatient treatment.

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