(1,500 programs), but these hospitals, most of them community hospitals, provide care for 80 percent of newly diagnosed patients (Carol Cook, Administrative Coordinator, American College of Surgeons, personal communication to Maria Hewitt, February 1999; American Hospital Association, 1999).3

TABLE 2.3

Characteristics of Adult (age 25 and older) Cancer-Related Ambulatory Cancer Care Visits, 1994-1996

 

Cancer Care Visitsa

Characteristic

Sample Size

Distribution (%)b

Type of cancerc

Lung, other respiratory

455

7.3

Female breast

1,122

18.4

Prostate

698

12.7

Colon, rectum

606

11.0

Lymphomas, leukemias

705

14.0

Skin (nonmelanoma)

713

15.7

All others

1,310

20.9

Age

25-44

649

9.8

45-64

1,970

33.9

65-74

1,604

29.2

75+

1,386

27.1

Site of visits

Physician office

3,075

88.6

Hospital outpatient department

2,534

11.4

Reason for visitd

Symptoms

1,297

26.4

Exam, tests, medication

735

12.3

Chemotherapy, other therapy

680

11.6

Follow-up, pre-or post-op check

1, l 58

19.2

Cancer, no specific reason provided

1,474

25.8

Other

265

4.8

Oncolytic therapy administerede

Yes

1.090

21.9

No

4,519

78.1

Result of referralf

Yes

1,740

28.0

No

3,869

72.0

3  

See Chapter 6 for a description of the ACoS-COC survey process.



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