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Table 1 Phase duration and disability weights for lung, female breast, and colon cancer

From: Why equal treatment is not always equitable: the impact of existing ethnic health inequalities in cost-effectiveness modeling

  Lung cancer Female breast cancer Colon cancer
Phase duration (months)    
 Diagnosis and treatment 5 6 9
 Pre-terminal 5 11 3
 Terminal duration 1 1 1
 Statistical cure time 72 240 96
Disability weights*    
 Diagnosis and treatment 0.469 0.194 0.288
 Pre-terminal 0.539 0.512 0.539
 Terminal 0.548 0.520 0.548
 Remission** 0.315 0.174 0.167
  1. *Disability weights were sourced from the 2010 Global Burden of Disease [17] with modification to the NZ distribution of cancers [16].
  2. **Remission refers to the period between diagnosis and treatment and either pre-terminal disease or statistical cure.
  3. Note: For example, an individual dying of lung cancer one year after diagnosis will spend 5 months in the treatment and diagnosis phase; 1 month in remission; 5 months in the pre-terminal phase, and their final month in the terminal phase.