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Compass Oncology breaks ground on multi-disciplinary cancer center

October 18, 2016

More than 80 healthcare employees will provide Westside residents with comprehensive care at new state-of-the-art facility

Tigard, Oregon (October 18, 2016) — The largest independent cancer practice in the Northwest has broken ground for a new multi-disciplinary center in Tigard, set to open May 2018. Construction at the site will begin spring 2017.

Compass Oncology, a practice in The US Oncology Network, one of the nation’s largest community-based cancer treatment and research networks, will build a 36,000 square-foot center near SW 72nd and SW Dartmouth in what is known as the Tigard Triangle.

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The US Oncology Network Selects Myriad Genetics as Preferred Provider for Hereditary Cancer Testing

October 4, 2016

THE WOODLANDS, Texas and SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, October 4, 2016 – Myriad Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MYGN) and The US Oncology Network (The Network) announced today that The Network has selected Myriad Genetic Laboratories as its preferred provider laboratory for hereditary cancer testing. The US Oncology Network is one of the nation’s largest networks of integrated, community-based, and independent physician practices dedicated to advancing high-quality, evidence-based cancer care. With more than 1,000 affiliated physicians in 19 states, providers in The Network treat over 800,000 patients every year.

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Arizona Oncology implements advanced cervical imaging technology to assist with the early detection of cervical cancer

September 22, 2016

September 28th is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day and women are encouraged to take control of their health

Scottsdale, Ariz. (September 22, 2016) – Arizona Oncology, one of the largest medical groups in Arizona devoted to cancer care and a practice in The US Oncology Network, is the first in Arizona to utilize the latest technology and advancement in the early detection of cervical cancer and pre-cancers. The practice has implemented the DYSIS® Advanced Cervical Imaging System. This advanced digital colposcope, an instrument for examining the cervix, has computer-aided mapping technology and can enhance a doctor’s ability to diagnose and manage cervical neoplasia, precancerous cells, by detecting changes in a woman’s cervix after an abnormal Pap smear.

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Arizona Oncology Adds Four Gynecologic Oncologists, Expanding World-Class Gynecologic Cancer Services throughout the Region

September 12, 2016

New physicians enhance access to specialized gynecologic care across the Valley

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Missouri Cancer Associates Adds New Physician, Enhancing Access to Quality Care

August 9, 2016

Liana Makarian, M.D., brings leadership and quality improvement expertise to the practice, complementing MCA’s world-class care team

Columbia, Missouri (August 9, 2016) – Missouri Cancer Associates (MCA), the premier cancer treatment center in mid-Missouri and an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, has added another physician to the practice to meet growing demand for its services. Liana Makarian, M.D., a medical oncologist and hematologist, joined the practice in July, providing services from MCA’s Columbia and Kirksville treatment centers.

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Arizona Oncology Breaks Ground for State-of-the-art Treatment Center in the East Valley

July 22, 2016

New facility at ASU Research Park will offer leading-edge cancer care to growing East Valley region

Tempe, Ariz., (July 22, 2016) - Arizona Oncology, one of the largest medical groups in Arizona devoted exclusively to cancer care and a practice in The US Oncology Network, held a groundbreaking ceremony today for its new state-of-the-art cancer treatment center in the East Valley. The new 21,000 square foot facility will be located at Arizona State University Research Park. Scheduled to open in April 2017, it will offer patients in the growing East Valley region convenient access to the very latest cancer treatment services and technologies available. The new treatment center is currently the only center in the East Valley that will provide medical, radiation and gynecologic oncology, and hematology services in one location. This provides patients a new treatment option for comprehensive advanced cancer care and supportive services.

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Arizona Oncology Breaks Ground for State-of-the-art Treatment Center in the East Valley

July 22, 2016

New facility at ASU Research Park will offer leading-edge cancer care to growing East Valley region

Tempe, Ariz., (July 22, 2016) - Arizona Oncology, one of the largest medical groups in Arizona devoted exclusively to cancer care and a practice in The US Oncology Network, held a groundbreaking ceremony today for its new state-of-the-art cancer treatment center in the East Valley. The new 21,000 square foot facility will be located at Arizona State University Research Park. Scheduled to open in April 2017, it will offer patients in the growing East Valley region convenient access to the very latest cancer treatment services and technologies available. The new treatment center is currently the only center in the East Valley that will provide medical, radiation and gynecologic oncology, and hematology services in one location. This provides patients a new treatment option for comprehensive advanced cancer care and supportive services.

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SpaceOAR® hydrogel is now available for prostate cancer patients being treated at Arizona Oncology

July 21, 2016

Tucson, Arizona (July 21, 2016) - Arizona Oncology, a practice in The US Oncology Network, is helping to pioneer a new tool proven to protect prostate cancer patients from the negative effects of radiation therapy. SpaceOAR hydrogel is the first FDA-cleared spacing device to protect the rectum in men undergoing radiation therapy for prostate cancer.

SpaceOAR hydrogel is a temporary injectable gel that protects the rectum in men undergoing radiation therapy for prostate cancer, decreasing the likelihood of side effects. It is intended to temporarily position the anterior rectal wall away from the prostate during radiotherapy for prostate cancer, creating space to protect the rectum from radiation exposure. Arizona Oncology is the first treatment center in Southern Arizona to adopt the advanced technology.

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Virginia Cancer Specialists First in the World to Enroll Patient in Cutting-Edge Lung Cancer Clinical Trial

July 14, 2016

Practice leads the way in bringing promising potential new therapy to patients with ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancer

Fairfax, Va. (July 14, 2016) Virginia Cancer Specialists (VCS), Virginia’s premier cancer care center with more than 40 years of providing service to patients battling cancer and blood diseases, is the first in the world to enroll a patient in a new advanced lung cancer clinical trial that may hold promise for patients with ALK-positive locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (ALK+ NSCLC). The randomized Phase III clinical trial focuses on brigatinib, an investigational anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) inhibitor from ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The trial is designed to assess the efficacy of the drug candidate in a head-to-head comparison with the current recommended therapy, crizotinib, evaluating progression free survival.

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Virginia Cancer Specialists Receives Clinical Trials Research Award

July 12, 2016

Practice recognized for providing high-quality clinical trials in a community setting

Fairfax, Va. (July 12, 2016) Virginia Cancer Specialists (VCS), Northern Virginia’s premier cancer care center with more than 40 years of service to patients battling cancer and blood diseases, announced it is one of only three community oncology practices in the country recognized this year by the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) for its commitment to providing high-quality clinical trials to patients. As a recipient of the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Clinical Trials Participation Award, the VCS Research Institute is being honored for its contribution to the improvement of cancer care through clinical research in a community-based setting.

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The US Oncology Network Announces Affiliated Practices Chosen To Participate In Oncology Care Model (OCM)

June 30, 2016

The Network will support practices with an innovative program to automate and simplify the OCM

The Woodlands, Texas (June 30, 2016)The US Oncology Network, supported by McKesson Specialty Health, announced today that 12 of its affiliated oncology practices have accepted the invitation to participate in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Oncology Care Model (OCM). The OCM is a new, voluntary payment initiative introduced by CMS’ Innovation Center designed to support the transition to value-based care by advancing better care, smarter spending and healthier people. To help oncology practices successfully participate in the OCM and other value-based payment models, The US Oncology Network has developed a comprehensive program with innovative tools and resources.

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The US Oncology Network Holds Intensive Boot Camp to Prepare Oncology Practices for July Launch of Oncology Care Model (OCM)

June 8, 2016

Training program provides OCM tools, technology and experience, preparing practice teams for July 1st go-live

The Woodlands, Texas (June 8, 2016) — Key personnel from practices within The US Oncology Network that were selected to participate in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s (CMMI) Oncology Care Model (OCM) gathered last month in The Woodlands, Texas, for a special OCM boot camp. The intensive two-day training program, attended by physicians, administrators and clinical staff, was designed to deliver expertise and share ideas for success from The US Oncology Network leadership and practice teams as they implement changes for the OCM July 1st go-live. The training seminar was a collaborative effort of The US Oncology Network and McKesson Specialty Health.

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Virginia Cancer Specialists Receives 2016 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Award for Small Business Category

June 2, 2016

VCS Arlington office receives recognition for providing pro bono care to cancer patients in need

Fairfax, Va. (June 2, 2016) Virginia Cancer Specialists (VCS), Northern Virginia’s premier cancer care center with 40 years of service to patients battling cancer and blood diseases, today announced its Arlington office was awarded the prestigious 2016 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Award for the small business category. The practice received the honor in recognition of the pro bono care it provided to 160 low income or uninsured cancer patients who most likely would not have received the treatment they needed without the help of VCS. The award was presented during a special ceremony hosted by Governor Terry McAuliffe on April 18 at the Virginia Executive Mansion.

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ASCO Annual Meeting: The US Oncology Network and US Oncology Research affiliated investigators to showcase clinical study results from 30 abstracts

June 1, 2016

Areas of research include HER2-negative and early stage breast cancer, advanced melanoma, metastatic renal cell carcinoma, advanced solid tumors, disease management and more

The Woodlands, Texas (June 1, 2016) – At the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, leading investigators affiliated with The US Oncology Network and US Oncology Research will showcase detailed findings from 30 studies. These presentations cover novel approaches to numerous types of cancer including breast cancer, melanoma, renal cell carcinoma, solid tumors and more. The 52nd ASCO Annual Meeting will be held June 3-7 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

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Texas Center for Proton Therapy Treats First Patient with Isocentric Cone Beam CT and Pencil Beam Scanning

May 9, 2016

Dallas-area facility represents the leading edge of precision proton therapy treatment

IRVING, Texas (May 9, 2016) — Texas Center for Proton Therapy and IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.), the world’s leading provider of proton therapy solutions for the treatment of cancer, announce the first patient treated in North America with the center’s high-precision tandem of isocentric cone-beam CT (CBCT) guidance and pencil-beam scanning in a 360° Proteus®PLUS gantry.

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The US Oncology Network Annual Conference Empowers Oncologists to Prepare for Value-Based Care

April 13, 2016

Conference enhances leadership skills while showcasing innovative programs and technologies to enable alternative care models

The Woodlands, Texas (April 13, 2016) — Hundreds of community-based oncologists and cancer professionals from across the country who are part of The US Oncology Network gathered March 30- April 1 for the organization’s annual spring conference. The three-day event, held in San Diego, focused on change management and innovative programs, technologies, resources, and strategies developed by The Network to help oncology practices prepare for the transition to value and team-based care models.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and Illinois Cancer Specialists Announce First Oncology Intensive Medical Home Pilot in the State

March 30, 2016

Chicago (March 30, 2016) - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) and Illinois Cancer Specialists (ICS), a practice in The US Oncology Network, announce the first oncology intensive medical home (IMH) pilot program in Illinois. The overall goal of the oncology IMH is to provide coordinated, cost-effective care, in part, through the use of evidence-based medical treatment guidelines.

“We worked with ICS physicians to develop the Oncology IMH model as a patient-focused system of delivering benefits for quality cancer care that is coordinated and efficient,” said Walter Hollinger, M.D., medical director of strategic operations at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. “As such, the pilot program is designed to help meet the needs of patients, payers, and providers.”

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Missouri Cancer Associates Adds New APRN to Enhance Patient Care and Expand Survivorship Programs

March 29, 2016

Gloria Drouin, APRN, brings expertise in supportive care to the practice

Columbia, Missouri (March 29, 2016) – Missouri Cancer Associates (MCA), the premier cancer treatment center in mid-Missouri and an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, has added Gloria Drouin, APRN, to the practice as its newest provider. Drouin has extensive experience in nursing in many different environments, including oncology, and has been a nurse practitioner for the past 18 years. In her new position, she will work in collaboration with the MCA team of physicians, nurses and other highly-skilled support staff to provide high-quality integrated cancer care to patients, especially in the area of supportive care.

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Florida Cancer Affiliates First in the State Certified to Offer New Spacing Device to Benefit Prostate Cancer Patients

March 22, 2016

FCA Patients Among First in Florida Treated with SpaceOAR Rectum-Protecting Spacer

Trinity, Florida (March 22, 2016) - Florida Cancer Affiliates (FCA) is helping to pioneer a new tool aimed to protect prostate cancer patients from the negative effects of radiation therapy. Recently a patient, one of the first in Florida, was injected at FCA with SpaceOAR® hydrogel, the first FDA cleared spacing device to protect the rectum in men undergoing radiation therapy for prostate cancer. The SpaceOAR System is intended to temporarily position the anterior rectal wall away from the prostate during radiotherapy for prostate cancer, creating space to protect the rectum from radiation exposure. Dr. Lawrence Hochman and Dr. Sanjay Emandi of Florida Cancer Affiliates are the first radiation oncologists in the state certified to safely administer the SpaceOar hydrogel.

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Arizona Oncology Ranked Number One in Community-Based Cancer Care and Among the Top Two Statewide Cancer Care Centers

March 15, 2016

PHOENIX (March 15, 2016) — Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business has released its 2016 “Cancer Treatment Centers” rankings. Arizona Oncology received the distinction of second highest in the state and ranked number one in community-based cancer care in Arizona.

Results are based on voters’ opinion, not annual revenue or number of employees. The Best of Arizona Business is the largest opinion poll in Arizona. Voters give the annual publication recommendations based on quality of service and recommendations for doing business.

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