Coordinated care is important for cancer patients

Caring for cancer patients can be a difficult challenge. Various types of doctors and other healthcare professionals can be involved in providing cancer care. Patients can interact with physician assistants, cancer nurses, social workers, pharmacists, nutritionists and counselors, among others. Patients may need several different kinds of treatments. These can range from surgery and chemotherapy to radiation therapy, as well as new and advanced treatments of many kinds.

These many factors can make for a complicated situation, with patients and their loved ones in the middle. It’s a lot to understand and keep track of. When that happens, it’s important to keep all of the people and information organized and clear at all times. If things get disorganized, mistakes can occur. Even if no mistakes are made, care can become more costly. For example, with several doctors involved, tests may be done unnecessarily.

Better organizing patient care

Many medical practices and hospitals have decided to make sure their cancer care is organized, coordinated and systematic. To make this happen, these providers usually do the following:

  • Tell every doctor and medical team member about all of a patient’s appointments. This helps doctors deliver diagnostic and treatment services in the most efficient way.
  • Coordinate each patient’s tests across the medical team. This helps make sure that the doctors have the test results they need before each patient appointment. It also helps avoid unnecessary tests.
  • Help patients arrange for other types of patient services, such as emotional support groups and pain management services.
  • Use electronic medical records and other computerized technology to keep each patient’s care as organized as possible.

Nurses can help coordinate care

In recent years, some medical practices and hospitals have asked their nursing staffs to help coordinate patient care. These nurses help patients in many ways, including:

  • Talking with newly-diagnosed cancer patients, families and caregivers
  • Offering emotional support to patients, families and caregivers
  • Helping patients understand the care they’re getting
  • Coordinating care and services among all of the medical team members
  • Helping patients deal with health insurance and other confusing aspects of the healthcare system
  • Teaching patients to help themselves in many ways
  • Teaching patients to call our office when they are not feeling well

Regional Cancer Care Associates — Coordinated cancer care close to home

Regional Cancer Care Associates (RCCA) delivers highly organized, coordinated cancer care. That means your patients get the support, education and individualized attention they need. Our oncologists work closely with our physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists and you and your staff to ensure your patients are getting the finest care available.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment for one of your patients, call (844) 346-7222. Patients can also schedule an appointment by calling the RCCA location nearest to them.

Making It Easy to Access the Most Advanced, Compassionate Cancer Care

At Regional Cancer Care Associates in New Jersey, Maryland and Connecticut, you will receive cancer treatment from physicians and clinical staff who dedicate themselves to your needs. And , a big, important part of our commitment to you and your family is making it as easy as possible for you to get and benefit from state-of-the-art cancer care. The other part is delivering you this care with the compassion, support and efficiency you and your family deserve.

31 convenient locations to serve you across NJ, MD and CT.
If you have cancer and live in New Jersey, Maryland or Connecticut, you don’t need to travel out of town to get the state-of-the-art treatments and top-quality care you need to fight cancer effectively. RCCA has 31 different locations across these three states, each providing the most experienced and advanced care… with an uncommonly local, individualized and compassionate approach. This means you will enjoy more responsive and nimble cancer care providers. And our doctors can see you at any of the many different hospitals in and around your communities.

Be seen quickly, and get started sooner.
At RCCA, it is a priority to see you for your initial appointment as soon as possible when you are newly diagnosed with cancer. Usually, this is within just two days. If you are an existing patient, you are accommodated as as soon as possible, and typically you are seen much sooner than at other cancer-treatment facilities. While we always recommend you see your own primary care physician, if you have urgent needs and your doctor isn’t available to see you, you may see one of our medical professionals.

Here are some of the other ways RCCA makes your cancer care more accessible:

We believe in “speaking your language.”
Offices conveniently located to you and getting you in for an appointment quickly are not all there is to accessible care. Communication with you is, of course, centrally important for your cancer care. All your care team — doctors, patient, nursing staff, caregivers — must communicate… and then engage with you and your family. We strive to provide information in terms you will understand, not just “doctor-speak.”

At the same time, chances are good that we really do speak your language, because we are as diverse as the communities we serve and the people we care for. If we don’t have personnel to assist your communication, RCCA provides free language services to people whose primary language is not English, such as:

  • Qualified interpreters
  • Information written in other languages

These resources can be accessed by calling (844) 346-7222 or by visiting www.languageassistance@regionalcancercare.org. Here are the many different languages we can assist with:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • French
  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Japanses
  • Vietnamese
  • Thai
  • Arabic
  • Italian
  • Greek
  • Tagalog
  • German
  • Russian
  • Polish
  • Urdu
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
  • Gujarati
  • French Creole
  • Persian
  • Albanian
  • Bengali
  • Amharic
  • Kru
  • Ibo
  • Yoruba

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (844) 346-7222. You can also schedule an appointment by calling the RCCA location nearest you.

Meet RCCA’s Skilled, Experienced and Dedicated Cancer Physicians

The oncologists at Regional Cancer Care Associates are all highly trained cancer specialists who combine excellent training and hands-on experience to help you fight cancer to win. Part of one of the largest cancer-care networks in the United States, each of our doctors are dedicated to providing the highest standard of care for all types of cancer. We provide personalized attention and treatments following the most recent discoveries to select the most appropriate and effective treatment for you.

Click on a doctor’s name below to learn more about that specialist or use the links below to filter physicians by their location.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (844) 346-7222. You can also schedule an appointment by calling the RCCA location nearest you.