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Date:1/14/2008

ChemoOrders.com Improves the Way Doctors and Nurses Prescribe Chemotherapy

to Patients

ATLANTA, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS) wants to change the way oncology professionals prescribe chemotherapy to cancer patients. Their new web site, ChemoOrders.com, helps doctors and nurses administer current chemotherapy protocols in a more accurate and efficient manner. The web site is available for free to medical professionals and the public.

ChemoOrders.com creates patient-specific chemotherapy orders and supporting documents based on physician or nurse-entered vital signs and disease parameters. An average order takes about one minute to enter and print.

The site is modeled after a disease management system GCS developed and has used in patient care for several years.

Dr. Bruce Feinberg -- GCS president and CEO -- said the web site addresses the complexity that is inherent in treating cancer.

"Cancer is actually 200 diseases that behave differently and require individualized protocols," he said. "And those protocols can vary greatly among two patients with the same type of cancer."

Traditionally, doctors have developed treatment regimens on a case-by-case basis, and without access to a current and comprehensive treatment guide.

"Most oncologists practice the same way they have for 20 years, trusting their memories and nurses' support to prescribe and manage treatment," Dr. Feinberg said. "The ever-growing complexity of cancer management makes this approach increasingly risky for both patient and provider. We think it's time to improve the system."

Dr. Feinberg believes ChemoOrders.com enhances patient care in three measurable ways:

1) By providing oncology professionals the latest treatment protocols,

with strict adherence to the published dose, schedule, and

administration guidelines.

2) By dramatically increasing t
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