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Oncology Care Consultants


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 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.