1Department of Medical Oncology, Saint Joseph University, Faculty of Medicine, Beirut, Lebanon.
2School of Public Health, University of Alberta, Canada.
Introduction: Oncotype DX is approved in multiple countries but its cost-effectiveness is a matter of considerable health debate. Lebanon is high-middle income country according to the World Bank classification however it is facing a mounting financial and health care burden from cancer. Therefore, we conducted a costeffectiveness analysis of Oncotype DX based Lebanese on real-life data.
Methods: We updated a Canadian cost-effectiveness model of Oncotype DX by incorporating Lebanese data. The patient population was a real-life cohort of 82 women diagnosed with hormone receptor – positive and HER2 – negative early breast cancer.
Results: Overall, providing Oncotype DX to only intermediate Adjuvant! Online risk patients costs an additional $83 CAD (93,883 LBP) per additional QALY. From this point, extending provision to also cover high Adjuvant! Online risk patients costs an additional $736 CAD (831,578 LBP) per additional QALY. From this point, extending provision further to also cover low Adjuvant! Online risk patients (such that Oncotype DX is provided to all patients) costs an additional $14,562 CAD (16.46m LBP) per additional QALY. Given that most women in our population-based sample were classified as intermediate Adjuvant! Online risk patients, our study focused on this subset in the second analysis. Providing Oncotype DX to intermediate Adjuvant! Online risk patients has a relatively small additional cost compared to not providing Oncotype DX, and results in a relatively large QALY gain. The incremental cost per QALY is $2,022 CAD (2.29m LBP), implying that Oncotype DX is cost-effective for intermediate Adjuvant! Online risk patients if the willingness-to-pay for a QALY is greater than 2.29m LBP.
Conclusion: As one of the few economic evaluations to date conducted using Lebanese data, this evaluation provides information to decision makers regarding the cost-effectiveness of providing Oncotype DX to Lebanese patients.