New Cancer Care Physician Joins Fauquier Health
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In January, the Fauquier Health Center for Cancer Care was accredited for three years by the Commission on Cancer. The survey marks a significant milestone in a two-year journey to enhance the quality and service of cancer care delivered to Fauquier Health patients.
The accreditation is a voluntary commitment by a cancer program that ensures patients have access to a full scope of services to diagnose, treat, rehabilitate and support patients with cancer and their families. The Commission on Cancer is the only multidisciplinary accreditation program for cancer care in the United States; once accredited, hospitals continually evaluate their performance and outcomes.
Guided by the accreditation process, Fauquier Hospital has:
• Developed a multidisciplinary action plan to improve tobacco cessation measures.
• Implemented Yttrium-90 procedure for treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer with inoperable hepatocellular metastases.
• Began low dose 3D breast screening mammography to improve early detection of breast cancer.
• Decreased time between diagnostic mammogram and needle/core biopsy.
• Provided open MRI option to patients for a higher level of comfort.
• Transitioned to the latest generation of endoscopic equipment to improve colon polyp detection and early cancer diagnosis.
• Revitalized the American Cancer Society Road to Recovery Program.
• Established a patient support group: Cancer Resources Education and Wellness (CREW).
• Implemented Cancer Advocacy Resource 4 Everyone (CARE) to provide one-on-one mentoring to cancer patients.
• Arranged nutrition counseling by a registered dietitian (RD) for all patients being treated for cancer at Fauquier Health’s Center for Cancer Care
• Implemented Healthy Steps, an exercise program at the Wellness Center designed for cancer patients.
• Arranged for interventional pain management services.
New Cancer Care Physician Joins Fauquier Health
Hematologist/oncologist Dr. Raj Pal Manchandani has joined Fauquier Health’s Center for Cancer Care. He is board certified in hematology and medical oncology, with extensive training in management of solid and hematologic malignancies, as well as in benign hematologic disorders.
Dr. Manchandani acknowledges that cancer is a difficult disease. “Cancer patients are living longer and better, but a cancer diagnosis is still overwhelming. That’s why I give compassionate care for the whole person, not just for the disease. I am privileged to be able to help people during this very difficult time in their lives.”
Fauquier Health Hematology/Oncology is at the heart of Fauquier Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care, which also includes its Infusion Center. Dr. Manchandani said, “Patients appreciate being able to come to a familiar environment and get the same standard of care as a bigger hospital. Having cancer care in their own community saves time and offers comfort, to patients and to their caregivers.”
He describes nurses in the Infusion Center as “eyes and ears for me. I may only see a patient once a month, but they see them every week or every other week. They spend more time with patients and if they are concerned or see anything unusual, they can let me know. They are an integral part of our care team.”
Dr. Manchandani also appreciates having an experienced oncology nurse navigator to provide additional support. “Richard (Shrout, MS, RN) provides a bridge between me as a physician and the other services we provide. He sees patients on their first visit and guides them through the process. He provides additional education on their disease and treatment plan and coordinates evaluation for
clinical trials. He also helps make appointments, arrange transportation, and helps with insurance. He is a wonderful resource.”
Dr. Manchandani says that he was inspired to work in oncology in part because in his native Pakistan, there is so little available. Patients don’t have access to doctors, to chemotherapy or technology. When it became time to decide on my career, I remembered their suffering.”
Dr. Manchandani is optimistic about the future of cancer care. He believes that within five to seven years, a cancer diagnosis will no longer require chemotherapy, which can be so hard on patients. “We have medications now that allow us to boost the immune system to be an active agent against cancer cells. Some cancers – some melanomas, lung, kidney, bladder and throat cancers are already being treated this way. In the near future, we’ll be able to treat lymphomas and even colon cancer this way.”
To make an appointment with Fauquier Health Hematology/Oncology, please call (540) 316-4360.
About Fauquier Health
Fauquier Health is a community health system dedicated to high-quality, patient-centered care in a unique environment that considers the multiple facets of healing and respects the individuality of each and every patient. Located at 500 Hospital Drive in Warrenton, Virginia, Fauquier Health is a Planetree-designated facility and serves the residents of Fauquier and several surrounding counties. It comprises: Fauquier Hospital, a fully-accredited, 97-bed hospital; Fauquier Health Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, a 113-bed long-term care and rehabilitation facility; the Villa at Suffield Meadows, an assisted living facility; the Wound Health Center and a medically supervised Wellness Center offering health and wellness programs. Fauquier Health also operates nine physician’s offices, including primary care and specialties. More information on Fauquier Health is available online at www.fauquierhealth.org or by calling 540-316-3588.
About LifePoint Health
LifePoint Health® is a leading hospital company focused on providing quality healthcare services close to home. Through its subsidiaries, LifePoint operates 72 hospital campuses in 20 states. With a mission of “Making Communities Healthier®,” LifePoint is the sole community hospital provider in the majority of the communities it serves. More information about the company, which is headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee, can be found on its website, www.LifePointHospitals.com. All references to “LifePoint,” "LifePoint Hospitals," or the “company” used in this release refer to LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. or its affiliates.
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