Services & Treatment

Services & Treatment

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Oncology is divided into three main sub-fields, Surgical Oncology, Medical Oncology, and Radiation Oncology.

At the onset, the Cancer Center will focus on providing medical oncology care and services. A large majority, as many as 85 percent, of cancer patients, begin their treatment process in medical oncology.

A Medical Oncologist will typically treat breast, lung, colorectal, thyroid, lymphomas, liver and GI malignancy. Even though oncologists typically specialize in one of these sub-specialties, patients are often treated by a team of oncologists from different sub-specialties.

Full-time medical oncology care & support at RRH includes:
  • Biopsy
  • Chemotherapy infusions
  • On-site laboratory testing
  • Chemotherapy medications
  • Diagnosis and prognosis
  • Post-chemo care and support
As a patient, you will have access to university-based cancer network & resources, such as:
  • Cutting-edge clinical trials
  • Clinical and operational support
  • Evidence-based treatment options
  • Expert oncology nursing
  • Use of advanced technology to connect with experts
  • A network of cancer specialists
  • Oncology quality metrics

What to Expect After a Cancer Diagnosis

Typically, a patient is first seen by their primary care provider who will request further evaluations. Preliminary tests may include lab work, X-ray, CT scans, MRI’s, and/or surgical biopsy. Your primary care provider may order and review some of the preliminary tests themselves while referring advanced tests to a specialist. For example, a biopsy may be referred to a general surgeon or a surgical oncologist.

If you have been diagnosed with malignancy, your primary care provider and/or general surgeon will refer you to our board-certified medical oncologist.

Medical Oncologist Consult

After your initial consult, your medical oncologist may order or perform any of the following:
  • Oral chemotherapy
  • Intravenous chemotherapy
  • Bone marrow biopsy
  • Referral for radiation oncology
  • Referral for surgical oncology
  • Biotherapy treatment

Oncology Registered Nurse Navigator

We understand that patients and their families may often experience stress and anxiety after having been through screening tests and receiving a diagnosis. Anxiety and stress are normal reactions often leading to feeling confused or lost. So, our patients will also have access to our Oncology Registered Nurse (RN) Navigator following their oncologist appointment. These appointments will typically last from 1 – 2 hours so we encourage bringing your family members or any support person.

To ease the administrative process for you, our RN Nurse Navigator will provide a calendar with all your appointments and schedule, detailed information regarding medications, education material regarding your condition and treatment plan. They are here to answer any questions the patient and/or family may have, provide references for resources and be your support. If the patient is having a hard time with any symptoms, they will be able to rely on and call their RN Navigator. They are here not to just provide clinical support but also emotional and administrative support for instances when you may feel confused and frustrated with your insurance provider or need resources for support at home. An appointment can be scheduled with the RN Navigator at any time the patient or their family requests.

Pharmacist Consult

After an initial consultation with our medical oncologist, patients will also be provided an appointment with a hospital pharmacist. This appointment will take place before any treatment regimen is started so that patients may receive education regarding medications and symptoms management.

Dietitian Consult

The patient will also be offered an opportunity to have an appointment with a Registered Dietitian at the time of diagnosis and at any point in their treatment course.

Infusion Rooms

We have 4 Infusion Treatment Rooms at RRH Outpatient Pavilion. For our patients’ comfort, all the rooms are equipped with televisions, cable, Wi-Fi. 3 out of the 4 rooms feature reclining chairs with heat and massage options to help you feel at ease, while the 4th room is equipped with a hospital bed for those patients who may want to lie down. We encourage patients to bring their family or support network to accompany them.

Insurance & Referrals

Insurance approvals will be handled by our staff at RRH Cancer Center. Treatments may not be scheduled until insurance has given approval and this process will be an active daily endeavor for our Insurance Coordinators to make sure treatment starts as quickly as possible.

We understand the emotional and physical needs of our patients and families, so if referrals are made, we are committed to continue working with their radiation and surgical oncologists with a team approach. Our staff will facilitate the administrative process from scheduling appointments with radiation/surgical oncologist to getting the reports back from their office and following through your treatment.

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Available Locations

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Services & Treatment services available at the following locations: