Our experienced RNs are either Oncology Certified (OCN) or working toward certification. The nurses are here to educate you about your treatment and administer the prescribed treatment. They will support you throughout your treatment, whether in the office or by phone from the comfort of your home. Patients and families should feel free to call their nurse with any questions or concerns throughout their treatment experience.
There are 24 plush recliners in each office, with room for a family member or friend to accompany you during treatment.
When your family physician or specialist prescribes IV therapy but lacks the facilities or staff for its administration, we can typically provide you with that service in our comfortable infusion suites, which are available at both of our offices. In these situations, you will meet with an Andrews Patel physician or APP to review your medical history and prescribed therapy. Following that appointment, you will meet with a nurse who will educate you on the prescribed treatment prior to administering it. Some of the treatments we administer are:
- Tysabri for multiple sclerosis and Crohn's disease
- Iron for anemia related to gastric bypass and various medical conditions
- Prolia and Reclast for the treatment of osteoporosis or osteopenia
- Rituxan for glomerular nephritis or kidney transplant
- Benlysta for lupus
- VPRIV for Gaucher's disease
Our laboratories are Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) and state certified and also participate in the Quality Control Program of the American Proficiency Institute. Our lab technicians are certified through the American Board of Clinical Pathology, and our experienced phlebotomists are skilled in obtaining patient samples.
Most lab tests are run in-house, so results are available within minutes and can be discussed during your physician visit. This eliminates an additional trip to our office prior to your physician appointment. Specialized blood tests that cannot be processed in house can be drawn at the office and sent to outside labs. In these instances, the patient’s insurance is billed directly by the outside lab.
Our in-house pharmacy services often eliminate the need to use mail-order pharmacies or make an extra stop at a local pharmacy. For your convenience, we maintain an adequate supply of supportive medications for those receiving chemotherapy, in addition to specialty oral medications used for the treatment of cancer and blood disorders. When a mail-order pharmacy service must be used, per insurance guidelines, our pharmacy secretaries and care coordinators can assist you in obtaining the medication when needed.
AndrewsPatel Start Clinical Trial Program
What are clinical trials? Clinical trials are research studies that explore whether a medical strategy or treatment is safe and effective.
At Andrews Patel Hematology/Oncology, we are involved with new cancer therapies that have potential benefits for a specific type of cancer. The availability of investigational drugs will offer our patients new and potentially improved therapy in the community outpatient setting that otherwise might only be available at large cancer centers, requiring significant travel time and inconvenience.
The newer therapies for cancer are rapidly expanding, and hundreds of new drugs need to be evaluated. Over the last two decades, cancer researchers have begun to unravel cancer’s immense complexity, drilling down to the molecular level to better understand the genetic and biological changes that drive how cancers develop, grow and spread. This knowledge has led to the development of newer, less toxic and more effective treatments. Major advances in cancer therapy have occurred through clinical trials, which are essential for moving new methods of preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer from the laboratory to physicians' offices.
Our oncologists will help determine the availability and need for a clinical trial to best meet your care. Andrews Patel Hematology/Oncology is pleased to make this service available to our patients.
Sincerely, Yang Liu, MD, PhD, Principle Investigator, Clinical Trials Program
For more information, contact Renée Kessler, RN, Clinical Trials Coordinator, at 717-761-8740, x9338.
Andrews Patel Hematology/Oncology is committed to innovation, value and improving your overall patient experience.
Oncology Care Model Participation:
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Innovation Center formally launched the Oncology Care Model (OCM), a five-year voluntary pilot project intended to improve the quality of cancer treatment. In total, 192 physician practices, including Andrews Patel Hematology/Oncology, and 14 payers are participating in the OCM. As part of our commitment to quality, all patients at Andrews Patel can expect:
- A detailed care plan, including a financial estimate of costs.
- Full access to a clinician with medical records.
- Standardized telephone triage to better manage symptoms from home. We encourage patients to call us early and call us often.
- Use of cancer treatments consistent with nationally recognized guidelines.
- New patient education tools that can be given to patients in the office and added to the medical record. These are accessible in the patient portal.
- Tracking of test results through the electronic medical record.
- Care coordinators who will continue to offer support with insurance benefits and completing any paperwork needed to obtain medications. While available here at Andrews Patel for quite some time, this service is also a component of the pilot.
As the only participant in the Harrisburg region, Andrews Patel Hematology/Oncology demonstrates its commitment to innovation and to improving the overall patient experience, through this partnership with CMS. Our goals are to improve the care and outcomes of the patients we care for and to be an active participant in the health care transformation process.
Read the Capital Blue Cross press release announcing Andrews Patel Hematology/Oncology's participation in their Oncology Medical Home program.
Blue Distinction® Center for Cancer Care:
At Andrews Patel, we believe that the best care involves partnerships between your medical providers and between your medical providers and your insurer. As part of our commitment to your comprehensive care, we have embraced the Medical Home Model. In this model, every member of your care team is focused on patient and family needs, coordinating all aspects of your care, and communicating with other medical providers.
Having achieved consistent performance on patient safety and outcome measures, Andrews Patel is proud to be recognized as a Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) for cancer care by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.