FAQs

What is Oncology?
A branch of medicine that deals with cancer. A medical professional who practices oncology is an oncologist.


Oncology is concerned with:

 

What Is Chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy is drug therapy given to stop cancer cells from growing or spreading to other parts of the body, kill cancer cells and to help ease cancer symptoms. The type of chemotherapy administered is determined by the type and stage of cancer, whether you’ve had chemotherapy already and your overall health. The goals of chemotherapy are to cure cancer, to control cancer and to relieve cancer symptoms.

 

Does all chemotherapy cause alopecia or hair loss?
No, all chemotherapy does not cause hair loss. Certain chemotherapies, like Adriamycin, can cause known hair loss. Other chemotherapies may cause hair thinning or no hair loss at all.


Can I be around people and children while on chemotherapy?
Yes, most people live active lives while on chemotherapy. The only time you may have to avoid children or people is when they have a cold or infection is if you are placed on Neutropenic Precautions. Neutropenic precautions are when your white blood cell count is extremely low. White blood cells are the body’s defense mechanism to help fight infections.

 

Does your practice participate in clinical trials?
Yes, we participate with RSFH’s research team. There are number of clinical trial ongoing at any given time. If your physician feels you qualify, they will discuss the trial and have a research nurse perform a pre-trial screening to see if you meet the study’s qualifications. 
 

Will my visit be covered by insurance?
Most visits are covered by insurance. Depending on your insurance there is a designated co-payment for the office visit. We suggest you contact your insurance provider prior to coming in for a visit.