I suppose I read the point of the article a little differently. As I saw it the point was is this cost excessive for the meager benefit one gains? And secondly would one pay this if not insured? Also not addressed is the QOL of the receiver of the drug. Is this just three more months of misery in the final stages? I once read that the last six months of a persons life was where the majority of the medical expense occurs in a lifetime. I believe this is true. In my own case I have a living will specifying no "heroic measures". Hospitals hate that because they cannot justify draining your bank account and cheating your heirs.
On another subject somewhat off topic but still applicable is another article I read about drug development. I forget the numbers but the majority of drugs approved by the FDA in the last ten years did not have a curative intent nor benefit. (This is all drugs not just cancer) Most were aimed at relieving a symptom.
Diagnosed 04/10/08 Age 58
Gleason 4 + 3
DRE palpable tumor on left side
100% of 12 cores positive for PCa range 35% to 85%
Bone scan and chest x ray clear
CT scan shows potential lymph node involvement in pelvic region
IGRT/IMRT with adjuvant HT (lupron) 2yrs