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Medical Oncology / Hematology Services

The Medical Oncology Department is located in the St. Joseph Cancer Center on the Garden Terrace level of the St. Joseph Medical Office Building, adjacent to the St. Joseph Medical Center. Dr. Marc A. Rovito, Medical Director of the Cancer Center and Assistant Professor, Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, and Dr. Ayodele Ayoola, Medical Oncologist and Hematologist, guide the clinical and professional team in delivering care for adults with oncologic or hematologic conditions who may benefit from the treatment and infusion services offered in the Cancer Center.

The Cancer Center professional staff studies diagnostic information (laboratory, radiology, surgical pathology, etc.) and collaborates with other patient care providers (family physicians, surgeons, radiation oncologists, etc.) to create an appropriate treatment plan. Care is rendered incorporating the expertise, as appropriate, of spiritual care, nutrition services, pain management, supportive care, rehabilitation services, financial support, supportive care-palliative care, community agencies and support resources. Nursing processes include patient assessment, planning of care, delivery of care (ex. infusion, injection, etc.), education of patient/significant others, coordination of care, inclusion of the patient’s family and significant others, and integration of supportive services. Oncologists collaborate with the Clinical Research Nurse to identify opportunities for each patient to participate in an appropriate clinical trial.

The oncologists collaborate with physician colleagues at academic medical centers, including Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute and other recognized and accredited institutions, to coordinate care for advanced treatment procedures such as bone marrow transplant, which are best performed in larger academic institutions.

Care and Services that patients can expect to receive

The following medical services are performed in the Medical Oncology Department of the St. Joseph Cancer Center:

  • Patient consultations, on-treatment examinations, treatment and monitoring, and follow-up examinations through survivorship;
  • Administration of chemotherapy, targeted and biological response modifier therapy;
  • Access to national cooperative group NCI-sponsored Clinical Trials;
  • Patient support for the prevention and minimization of side effects such as fatigue, pain, dehydration and poor nutritional status;
  • Nursing assessments, laboratory results monitoring, and administration of growth factors, which aid in the production of red cell, white cell, and platelet production;
  • Intravenous infusions of iron;
  • Diagnostic procedures such as bone marrow aspirates/biopsies, thoracentesis, and paracentesis;
  • Laboratory blood specimen collections via venipuncture and peripheral and central access devices for oncology and non-cancer patients.

All cancer patient care is carefully coordinated between caregivers. Traditional communication mechanisms as well as electronic documentation, scheduling and resource management tools are used to schedule patients, coordinate staffing, allocate resources, and document clinical case assessments, treatment, interventions, and survivorship plans. The IMPAC system makes relevant clinical information available to approved clinical caregivers so patient care can be coordinated and communicated seamlessly.