ICC 2022

Shannon Hearney

Shannon Hearney, Speaker at Cancer Congress 2022
University of California Davis, United States
Title : A Review of the Scientific Literature on the Cost-Effectiveness of High-Volume Hospital’s Surgical Care of Pancreatic Cancer Patients


Pancreatic cancer is a notoriously costly and deadly form of cancer. Many types of treatment centers exist for patients to seek care from, including high volume centers which have shown promise to provide the highest quality of care. While it may be true that this type of center provides the best care it is unclear if that care is cost-effective. Studies in the US have confirmed that high-volume hospitals do provide higher quality of care but have shown inconsistencies in the cost-effectiveness of that care.1 Other international studies, like those from Finland have shown that high-volume centers had lower mortality and lower costs than low-volume centers.2 This paper thus seeks to review the current scientific literature to better understand if high-volume centers are cost-effective in delivering care internationally and in the US.



Shannon Hearney is a 3rd year PhD student at the University of California Davis, USA in the Graduate Group of Public Health Sciences. She received her Bachelor of Science from UC Davis in 2016 and went on to earn her Master of Public Health from Boston University in 2019. She is currently working on her dissertation on a health economics analysis of pancreatic cancer. She has been published in the AMA Journal of Ethics and has been awarded the Schwall Dissertation Year Fellowship in Medical Research for 2022-2023.