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Metastatic Colon Cancer: Exciting Developments, but Costs High

KEY POINT

The first agents to show real progress in treating metastatic colon cancer reached the U.S. market earlier this year, and their availability offers the hope of a few extra months of life for patients with this condition. However, that progress comes at a high economic cost that has many questioning how far society can go in these types of clinical situations.

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