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US Oncology Reports 2009 Fourth Quarter and Year End Operating Results
Date:2/25/2010

ays evidence-based care guidelines. A recent study conducted by Aetna and US Oncology, as published in the January 2010 issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Oncology Practice, demonstrated a 35% savings in direct care costs (chemotherapy treatments, supportive care drugs, emergency room visits, and chemotherapy-related hospital admissions) for non-small cell lung cancer patients treated according to Level I Pathways while maintaining the same life expectancy. The study suggests that adherence to Level I Pathways can reduce costs and create greater value for patients, while producing approximately a thirty percent return on investment for employers and managed care companies by dramatically lowering cost of care.

We are also committed to advancing our network's interaction with patients in addition to the care provided through our 496 sites of services. An example of this commitment is our ongoing development of a patient portal that will offer patients access to their medical records, online bill-pay and appointment scheduling; education about their disease and treatments; and social interaction with other patients and caregivers. We recently acquired two patient education organizations, Cure Media Group and NexCura, to accelerate the portal development and broaden our clinical resources.

CURE Media Group's flagship product, CURE magazine, is focused on providing cancer patients with vital information that will help them make key decisions in their treatment and quality of life. Its current circulation of
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