Cancer is a complex disease. Typically, the most effective course of treatment
involves an individualized combination of three therapies, each handled
by a different specialist.Medical oncologists specialize in treating cancer
with chemotherapy (powerful drugs that kill cancer cells), as well as
with hormone therapy and immunotherapy. Radiation oncologists are cancer
experts who specialize in the use of high energy waves to kill tumor cells
while sparing healthy surrounding tissue. And when a patient’s treatment
plan includes the removal of a tumor, lesion or other type of cancerous
mass, a surgical oncologist is called in.
Because patients dealing with cancer need physical, emotional and practical
support throughout their treatment, FMH Cancer Care relies on a multidisciplinary
team approach to each patient’s care. Core members of a multidisciplinary
care team for the treatment of cancer may include medical, radiation and
surgical oncologists, nurses, navigators, social workers, dietitians,
exercise physiologists and others. At FMH Cancer Care, the medical oncologists
of Oncology Care Consultants (OCC) are at the forefront of coordinating
this integrated plan of care.
The physicians of OCC explain the cancer diagnosis and stage (a description
of where the cancer is located, if or where it has spread, and whether
it is affecting other parts of the body) to the patient and his or her
family. They also discuss all of the treatment options and recommend the
best course of treatment—which sometimes a combination of two or
more therapies, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery.
The medical oncologists of OCC also help maintain the patient’s
quality of life by managing their cancer-related pain, other symptoms
and treatment side effects.
An oncology nurse navigator is an important member of the Oncology Care
Consultants’ team. The navigator plays a key role in bringing together
all multidisciplinary team members involved in the patient’s care,
and facilitates thorough communication between the patient and family,
everyone else involved in the care plan. They also help patients and their families:
- Understand the diagnosis and available treatment options.
- Understand what resources are available and how to access them.
- Understand all their medications.
- Connect with outside resource centers, educational materials and support groups.
When appropriate, Oncology Care Consultants’ navigator also offers
patients the opportunity to participate in research studies called Clinical
Trials. Clinical Trials provide patients of the practice with access to
the latest therapies while allowing physicians and researchers to evaluate
potentially more effective treatment options. OCC patients are able to
receive their study treatments conveniently and comfortably within FMH’s
Regional Cancer Therapy Center.
Oncology Care Consultants is currently participating in a variety of Phase
2, 3 and 4 clinical trials that are sanctioned by the National Cancer
Institute, and/or sponsored by major research institutes, cancer cooperative
groups, or the pharmaceutical industry.
Oncology Care Consultants is a medical oncology practice located inside
the FMH Regional Cancer Therapy Center at 501 West Seventh Street in Frederick,
directly across from FMH.
OCC Medical Director Dr. Patrick Mansky is currently welcoming new patients
with cancer and blood disorders at FMH Mt. Airy, 1502 South Main Street,
Suite 205 in Mt. Airy. For more information including a complete listing
of the OCC staff, visit
monocacyhealthpartners.org/occ. To schedule an appointment at either location, call 301-662-8477.
Dr. Mansky has combined residency training in internal medicine and pediatrics,
and has completed Fellowships in oncology and pediatric hematology/oncology
at the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health
(NIH). Prior to his appointment as OCC’s Medical Directory, Dr.
Mansky served as the first director for Complementary and Integrative
Medicine Consult Services at the NIH Clinical Center. His Mt. Airy practice
offers complete care coordination for patients with cancer, which may
include complementary therapies, supportive care services, pain and palliative
care management and financial counseling.