Personalized medicine is the future of hematology and oncology care. Here at Compassionate Cancer Care we work with Tempus to conduct genomic sequencing on both the tumor and the patient's blood to identify genomic alterations that we can potentially target with new therapies.
With new drugs being developed at a rapid rate and new research being performed to understand the mechanisms driving various cancers, we are now able to tailor therapy to the individual patient. We are about to test the genetic makeup of each cancer and the somatic and germline mutations in each patient. With this information, we can now customize treatment to each patient’s needs and target each cancer uniquely. By creating a personalized treatment plan, we can help patients live longer as well as dramatically improving quality of life. As our field has advanced, we have learned that certain treatments worked better for some patients than for others. These genetic differences lead to different treatment responses and treating cancer is not a “one size fits all” approach. Our practice now offers:
● Genetic testing
● Targeted treatments
● Oncotyping in breast cancer
● Breast cancer subtyping
● Colon cancer subtyping, including microsatellite testing
● Somatic and germline mutation testing
● “Liquid biopsies” with the ability to check tumor genomics with a simple blood draw
CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION CLASS
At Compassionate Cancer Care, we understand that starting chemotherapy can be an overwhelming and a life changing decision.
In order to ease your transition into treatment, we offer chemotherapy classes and education to anyone who chooses to enroll in a class. During our chemoeducation class we discuss with you one-on-one and in person the effects of any chemotherapy you will be receiving. This includes but is not limited to:
1. Drug information- we will provide the latest information about chemotherapy drugs including how they work, their potential side effects, and self-care tips while on these therapies
2. How to manage side effects- provide the latest information about potential side effects of chemotherapy
3. Nutrition- what foods to eat and avoid during treatment
4. Chemotherapy Basics- we provide one-on-one instruction to go over the basics of chemotherapy with you, a family member, or friend so you can know what to expect as you undertake your treatment.
5. Resources- we will also provide information on any resources that may be helpful such as the American Cancer Society or
Oral cancer treatments are increasingly being used to treat cancer cells. As medicine continues to advance, there has a been a shift from intravenous chemotherapy to oral cancer treatments. Oral drugs include treatments by tablet, capsule, or liquid form which can kill cancer and halt its growth. Oral treatments can be prescribed by your doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician's assistant, and has the same benefits and risks as chemotherapy. Patients now have many oral options for treatment that provides more convenience, more tailored, personalized treatments that target specific mutations in your cancer.
In the past, oral treatments were only available through specialty pharmacies through a third-party provider. Now we are pleased to offer in house oral oncolytic dispensing for added patient convenience. We will educate you on proper storage, handling, and disposal and best time to take the medication. In addition, we offer timely support for your symptoms and side effects. We also offer help with co-payment assistance, insurance coupons, and insurance authorizations. Please ask your provider if oral oncolytics is an option for your condition.
* In house dispensing availability dependent on insurance approval
ORAL DRUG PHARMACY
OUR INFUSION CENTERS
Whether it is the treatment of simple dehydration with intravenous fluids or treatment
with cutting edge immunotherapy for a complicated cancer, our infusion centers have
the capabilities to handle almost all treatments. We have experts that are trained in
treatments used for blood disorders, hematology malignancies, infectious diseases, bone
disorders, oncology, neurology, gastrointestinal, and nutritional deficiencies. In
addition, our nurses are specifically trained for all different types of infusions and offer
careful monitoring for side effects.
Every patient of ours has access to our state- of- the art infusion centers designed to
meet the needs of a wide range of patients. The environment is welcoming with
comfortable treatment chairs, and friendly staff. Our infusion center services include but
are not limited to:
● Antibiotic Therapy
● Antibody Therapy
● Biologic Therapy
● Blood Draws
● Bone Density Therapy
● Catheter Care and Maintanance
● Endocrine Therapy
● Electrolyte Replacement
● Iron Replacement Therapy
● Intravenous Therapy and Fluids
● Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG)
● Targeted Therapy
● Therapeutic Phlebotomy
● Vitamin Replacement
Please consult your provider on any of the above services to see if you qualify to receive them.
American Cancer Society
American Medical Association
American Society of Clinical
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer. Established in 1913, the society is organized into six geographical regions of both medical and lay volunteers operating in more than 250 Regional offices throughout the United States
The American Medical Association, founded in 1847 and incorporated in 1897, is the largest association of physicians—both MDs and DOs—and medical students in the United States. The AMA's stated mission is "to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health."
The American Society of Clinical Oncology is a professional organization representing physicians of all oncology sub-specialties who care for people with cancer
American Society of Hematology
National Cancer Institute
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
The American Society of Hematology is a professional organization representing hematologists. It was founded in 1958. Its annual meeting is held in December of every year and has attracted more than 30,000 attendees.
The National Cancer Institute coordinates the United States National Cancer Program and is part of the National Institutes of Health, which is one of eleven agencies that are part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Trusted, compassionate information for people with cancer and their families and caregivers, from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the voice of the world’s cancer physicians and oncology professionals
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the leading national public health institute of the United States. The CDC is a United States federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia
Chemotherapy Drug Information, Side Effects, Health and Wellness, and Resources for cancer patients and caregivers before, during and after cancer treatment
Drugs.com is an online pharmaceutical encyclopedia that provides drug information for consumers and healthcare professionals, primarily in the United State
At Compassionate Cancer Care Medical Group our Board Certified Hematologists and Oncologists believe in practicing evidence based medicine following National Comprehensive Cancer Network Guidelines. These guidelines are developed and updated through an evidence-based process in which multidisciplinary panels of experts integrate comprehensive clinical and scientific data with the judgment of the panel members and other experts drawn from NCCN member institutions.
Providers can access the guidelines through the complete NCCN library of guidelines at the link below:
Providers can access Memorial Sloan Kettering prediction tools and nomograms to help patients and physicians make important treatment decisions.
How To Wash Your Hands Properly
Avoid getting sick and getting patients around you sick by properly washing hands. The Centers for Disease Control recommends cleaning your hands and using hand sanitizer to prevent the spread of germs.
Proper Hand Washing Technique
1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Please remember to wash you hands before, during, and after preparing food. Before and after caring for someone sick, treating a wound, after using the toilet, changing diapers or cleaning, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, after touching an animal or handling pet food, and after touching garbage.
If soap and water is not available please use hand sanitizer. The hand sanitizer has to contain at least 60% alcohol. Sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in many situations but are NOT as effective as hand washing. Made sure to rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry for at least 20 seconds.
For patients who are eligible, we offer telemedicine for select patients. Originally designed for patients in remote locations, we now offer telemedicine to patients who are high risk and may be affected by the COVID-19 virus. Today the telemedicine field is changing faster than ever before, and though we are unable to do physical exams, we can accomplish limited but efficient doctor visits through telemedicine.
We hope to offer more convenient care and safety in this climate of health care. Our enabled doctors are able to consult patients by using HIPAA compliant video-conferencing tools. If you are interested in whether you qualify for telemedicine, please ask your physician or provider today.
Below is the Informed Consent for Telemedicine Services that must be signed and submitted prior to use of our Telemedicine Services. Signed consents can be faxed to 714-698-0303.
Informed Consent For Telemedicine
To increase patient engagement in the exam rooms, we offer Patient Point which is a room program that is a teaching guide while you wait. It helps the patients in a beneficial way so they learn about topics while they wait. Exam room touch screens allow for patients to interact with groundbreaking interactive digital content in the exam room which engages providers, patients and caregivers. There are educational materials on conditions, treatments, and different drug brands.
Patient Point in the exam room allows for :
- Active and passive digital modes for continual engagement
- Multimedia education on specific disease topics
- 3D anatomical/videos
- Resources on disease types and different types of cancers
- QR code scan with your phone to access select education
PatientPoint | Interact enriches the exam room experience with multimedia education (articles, videos, 3D anatomicals) to aid patient comprehension and reinforce key steps for treatment compliance.