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Arizona Oncology Praises New Guidelines for Patient Care
Date:3/1/2010

s.linkTrackVars='prop5,eVar3,prop15';s.prop5='External Link';s.eVar3=s.prop5;s.prop15='85859917';s.tl(this,'o','ExternalLink');" target='_blank' href="http://www.usoncology.com/portal/page/portal/PubWeb/1AboutUSON/03ExecutiveTeam/Roy A. Beveridge M.D. Executive Vice President Medical Direc">Roy Beveridge, M.D., medical director with US Oncology and investigator on the study. "The results suggest that treating patients according to evidence-based guidelines is a cost-effective strategy for delivering care to patients with NSCLC, especially in the adjuvant and first-line settings. We also found that there were no observed differences in outcomes, suggesting that the added cost associated with treating patients off Pathways did not translate to improved outcomes. This is a great example of cancer care that can be delivered efficiently and effectively, while saving reducing the financial burden on patients as well as the nation's health care system."

"The treatment of cancer requires the most accurate information and research to optimize the care of our patients," said Dr. Mack. "This study has proven that we can save money to the healthcare system while improving the quality of life for our patients."

"Through our collaboration with US Oncology, we were able to work together to study how to improve the quality of care people receive when they are undergoing cancer treatment, while also showing that evidence-based medicine can reduce health care costs," said Lonny Reisman, M.D., Aetna's Chief Medical Officer. "This stud
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