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Table 2 Healthcare resource utilization (Main Analysis)

From: Cost of palliative radiation to the bone for patients with bone metastases secondary to breast or prostate cancer

Patients Breast cancer Prostate cancer
  n=207 n=213
Visits
Visits by REOC*
  Mean (SD) number of visits 13 (5.8) 13 (5.8)
  Median number of visits 13 14
  % visits with radiation 72.9 71.7
Procedures
Bone sites radiated by REOC
  Patient count 207 213
  Total 4607 4739
  Mean (SD) 20.9 (12) 20.3 (12)
  Median (range) 19 (1–49) 17 (1–58)
Radiation-related procedures†
  Patient count 203 212
  Total procedures 1843 1984
  Mean (SD) procedures 8.4 (3) 8.5 (4)
  Median (range) procedures 8 (1–23) 8 (1–32)
Radiation+radiation-related procedures
  Patient count 207 213
  Total procedures 6450 6723
  Mean (SD) procedures 29.3 (13) 28.9 (13)
  Median (range) procedures 28 (1–66) 26 (1–76)
  1. * A visit was a unique treatment or consultation. A patient could have multiple visits in a day.
  2. Total resources used from the time of initial bone treatment through the end of the study period.
  3. † Radiation treatment included the actual delivery of radiotherapy, as well as the most commonly observed, associated procedures on the same visit, patient record: medical radiation physics consultation, computed tomography guidance for placement, and radiation calculations. Radiation-related procedures were all other procedures including: treatment devices, design and construction, complex (CPT/HCPCS code 77334); therapeutic radiology simulation-aided field setting, 3-dimensional (CPT/HCPCS code 77295); therapeutic radiology simulation-aided field setting, simple (CPT/HCPCS code 77280); and special dosimetry, when prescribed by the treating physician (CPT/HCPCS code 77331).