Key clinical point: Early supportive care measures reduced costs, ED visits, and admissions in cancer patients who underwent combined modality therapy.
Major finding: 32% of patients had ED visits, compared with 54% of patients who did not enter the early supportive care pathway.
Study details: Analysis of cost and health care utilization for approximately 200 patients who underwent concurrent radiation and chemotherapy.
Disclosures: Authors had no relationships to disclose.
Koprowski CD et al. 2018 ASCO Quality Care Symposium, Abstract 142
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