Cancer Research, Statistics, and Treatment

LETTER TO EDITOR
Year
: 2021  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 412--413

Author reply to Sharma


Roopali Goyanka 
 Department of Economics, Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi, Delhi, India

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Roopali Goyanka
Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi, 31, Sham Nath Marg, Delhi - 110 054
India




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Goyanka R. Author reply to Sharma.Cancer Res Stat Treat 2021;4:412-413


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I thank Sharma[1] for his interest in my article titled, “Economic and non-economic burden of cancer: A propensity score matched analysis using household health survey data of India.”[2] Dr. Sharma suggested that in order to help the national policymakers, the economic burden of cancer in patients going to the private and government hospitals be stated separately. The economic burden of cancer in patients seeking inpatient and outpatient care from both private and government hospitals has been presented separately in [Table 4] in the article.[2] In addition, Dr. Sharma pointed out that the subjects in this study were not matched based on the type of health-care utilization (private or public). However, the subjects could not be matched based on the type of health-care utilization because in case–control studies, the groups are matched on the basis of the observed differences in the characteristics of the study subjects and not on the basis of study outcomes. As shown in [Table 1],[2] the overall proportion of individuals with cancer was very small in the data set. Therefore, the state-wise estimates may not be statistically meaningful. Although it may be useful to highlight the burden of cancer based on the type and stage of the disease, these data were not available from the survey. However, I would be happy to work on this in future, if cancer centers were to provide this information about their patients.

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References

1Sharma P. Burden of cancer: The unaddressed epidemic in India. Cancer Res Stat Treat 2021;4:411-2.
2Goyanka R. Economic and non-economic burden of cancer: A propensity score matched analysis using household health survey data of India. Cancer Res Stat Treat 2021;4:29-36.