Who do I call if I’m having a medical emergency?
For all true medical emergencies, dial 911 or report to your nearest Emergency Room. During normal business hours you may contact the office (908.788.6461) to speak with a nurse for general questions regarding symptom management or schedule a visit with a Doctor or Physician Assistant. (Luke C. Schlesier PA-C, Victoria Andrews PA-C, Christine Ying PA-C)
Can I speak with a Doctor from the Cancer Center if the office is closed for a holiday or if it is after business hours?
Our practice always has a Physician on call. However, if you have a true medical emergency, it is best for you to call 911 or report to your nearest Emergency Room. If you have to report to the emergency room, the physicians there will notify our practice appropriately.
Once I schedule my first round of chemotherapy, is it considered a standing appointment time?
No, you will need to check out with a discharge coordinator in order to book your treatments. (908.788.2354)
Does the office have a policy for arriving late to your appointments?
We ask that you arrive on time for your appointments. If you are going to be late please call ahead and let us know. (908.788.6461)
Now that I’m being seen frequently in the Cancer Center, can I have all my prescriptions refilled by the doctors there?
It is best to have the original prescribing physicians refill your medications. We will gladly refill the prescriptions written by the doctors here at Hunterdon Hematology Oncology. You may contact our prescription line and leave detailed information on the voice mail. All prescription refills will be called to the pharmacy within 1 business day. Refills are not provided during the weekend. Many of your medications prescribed by the doctors at the Hunterdon Hematology Oncology can be obtained right in our office. (prescription line 908.788.6434)
What is the practice’s policy on disability paperwork?
All paperwork will be completed within 5 business days. Please be specific with your needs. Remind staff of how you want the paperwork filed. (Do you want to pick it up/ Have it be faxed to the recipient/ Have it be mailed to your home)
Are the Physicians and Physician Assistants easily accessible via telephone?
Our Physicians and Physician Assistants try very hard to return all phone calls within normal business hours. However, if they personally are unable to return your call in a timely fashion, they will have a nurse call you back with information or to supply you with direction. It is our policy to return all patient phone calls the same business day to the very best of our ability.
Is there a fee for meeting with the social worker?
No. Meeting with the social worker is a free service.
How long does a psychosocial assessment take?
The assessment usually takes about 30 minutes; however, it can take less time or more time depending on the needs of the patient.
What resources are available to cancer patients?
Some possible resources include, but are not limited to, transportation, financial assistance, support groups, educational programs, personal counseling, wellness and fitness referrals, relaxation techniques, wigs and similar accessories, and referrals to other organizations, such as the American Cancer Society.
What do these resources cost?
It depends. Some resources require a fee. For example, a private counselor may charge a particular amount of money per session. Other resources are free. For example, support groups are usually free for cancer patients.
What is radiation therapy?
Radiation therapy uses targeted energy (e.g., X-rays, radioactive substances) to destroy cancer cells, shrink tumors, and/or alleviate certain cancer-related symptoms. It may be used:
- As a primary treatment to destroy cancer cells
- In combination with other treatments to stop the growth of cancer cells
- Before another treatment to shrink a tumor
- After another treatment to stop the growth of any remaining cancer cells
- To relieve symptoms of advanced cancer