Our thirteen experienced RN’s 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 through 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 available at both our offices. In these situations, you will meet with an Andrews & Patel Associates physician or physician extender 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 these treatments we administer are:
- Tysabri for Multiple Sclerosis and Chron'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 CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) 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 that the 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 from 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. 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, is maintained in each pharmacy for your convenience. 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 AndrewsPatel Hematology Oncology, we will be involved with new cancer therapy that has potential benefit for a person’s 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 there are hundreds of new drugs that 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. With this knowledge, has come the development of newer, less toxic and more effective treatments. It is through clinical trials that major advances in cancer therapy have occurred.
Clinical trials 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. AndrewsPatel Hematology Oncology is pleased to make this service available to our patients.
Sincerely, Robert A. Gordon, MD, Principle Investigator, Clinical Trials Program
For more information, contact: Renée Kessler, RN, Clinical Trials Coordinator, at 717-761-8740 x9338
Oncology Medical Home
As part of our continued efforts to enhance patient care, we are participating in an Oncology Medical Home pilot administered by Capital Blue Cross. We believe the enhancements to delivery of care associated with this pilot will benefit all of our patients.
Current and upcoming enhancements specific to the pilot:
- Patient self-assessment questionnaire that can be completed in the waiting room to assure the primary concerns for the day are addressed during the visit. The form, which focuses on symptoms or concerns that have occurred since the patient’s last visit, will be reviewed and entered into the medical record by the medical assistant during the rooming process. The physician will have an opportunity to view this documentation prior to joining the patient in the exam room. (implemented in January)
- Care Coordinators will continue to offer support regarding insurance benefits and assist with completing any paperwork needed to obtain medications. While available here at A&P for quite some time, this service is also a component of the pilot.
- Standardized telephone triage to better manage symptoms from home (implemented in January). We encourage patients to call us early and call us often.
- Tracking of test results through the electronic medical record (in progress)
- 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. (implemented in January)
For more information click the links below:Capital Blue Cross Press Release dated November, 2015
The Oncology Patient Centered Medical Home®