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US Oncology Reports Third Quarter 2008 Results
Date:11/6/2008

rom the second quarter of 2008 reflects improved

receivable collections which were partially offset by semiannual

interest payments on the indebtedness of US Oncology in the third

quarter of 2008. Additionally, payments made to distribute

pharmaceutical rebates to physicians were lower in the current period

than in the second quarter of 2008.

-- During the third quarter of 2008, 40 physicians joined the US Oncology

network and 33 physicians separated from the network. Since September

30, 2008, 33 physicians started practicing in the network and, as of

November 5, 2008, an additional 45 physicians had executed agreements to

join US Oncology and are expected start practicing in the network during

the fourth quarter of 2008 and in early 2009. Also, as of November 5,

2008, three integrated cancer centers and two radiation only facilities

were under construction.

-- Development activity occurring subsequent to September 30, 2008 included

agreements signed with 20 urologists. In addition, effective October 1,

2008, a 16 physician practice affiliated under an OPS agreement rejoined

our network of comprehensively managed practices. While this conversion

does not result in an addition of physicians to our network, it

evidences the incremental value delivered through our comprehensive

management arrangements.

Bruce Broussard, president and chief executive officer, stated, "I am pleased with our performance for the first nine months of 2008, where we have increased adjusted EBITDA by $3.6 million compared to the same period in 2007. This growth was achieved despite a $21 million reduction in earnings related to ESAs and challenging national trends for oncology practices. Our ability to achieve year over year growth emphasizes our physician value proposition, the
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