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Oncology Services

Our cancer specialists align the right care at the right time with the right provider, grounding all we do in evidence-based medicine.

Growing need to manage costs of cancer care and identify highest quality treatments



Rising global spend

$240 billion in spending on oncology therapies and supportive care drugs is projected by 2023.1


Increasing number and complexity of treatments

There are 43 new indications across 42 cancer types.2


More cancer diagnoses

38.4% of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes and will require life-saving treatments.3


Additional insight

Medical knowledge doubles every 73 days.4

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Over 150 oncology nurses, six board-certified oncologists and four oncology pharmacists have managed more than 150,000 oncology cases since 2006. 

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Cancer Support Program

The Optum® Cancer Support Program (CSP) is an integrated approach that closes gaps in care. With CSP, members have access to a specialized nurse case manager and support from an entire team of cancer experts. 

CSP nurse case managers provide network guidance, education, pain management, treatment adherence, palliative and end-of-life care. 

Ensuring the patient’s condition is properly managed, helps them to avoid unnecessary hospitalizations, emergency department visits and inappropriate treatment, thus reducing total cost of care for clients.

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Hear Nancy’s story

See how an Optum specialized case manager helps Nancy receive proper treatment.

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Cancer Resource Services

Cancer Resource Services (CRS) provides access to top-performing cancer centers across the country, known as our Cancer Centers of Excellence (COE) network. 

The Optum COE network is comprised of 37 leading cancer centers that meet strict evaluation criteria such as:

  • A multidisciplinary approach to care
  • Program depth and breadth
  • Best-practices medicine
  • Patient- and family-oriented programs and services
  • Patient volumes
  • Treatment planning and coordination
  • High-quality clinical research
  • Patient safety
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  1. IQVIA. Global oncology trends 2019. May, 2019. Accessed April 27, 2020.
  2. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Hematology/oncology (cancer) approvals and safety notifications. Last updated April 22, 2020. Accessed April 27, 2020.
  3. National Cancer Institute. Cancer statistics. Last updated April 27, 2018. Accessed April 27, 2020.
  4. 2019–2020 Optum Book of Business analysis.