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If you or a loved one are suffering from cancer or a blood disorder, our oncology teams are here to provide you with the best possible service and care. We offer an extensive range of cancer-care services and facilities. These include specialists at our Oncology Institute, adult and pediatric oncology and hematology, radiation oncology, and palliative care.

Oncology treatments, services and procedures

The Blood Disorders Center at Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH) focuses on a variety of blood disorders, including: sickle cell, chronic anemia, leukemia and thalassemia. Our highly skilled clinical staff provide bone marrow transplantation, chronic anemia care, sickle cell disease management and chemotherapy/radiation therapy for blood cancers. A dedicated nurse coordinator will guide you through your care journey, working alongside medical oncologists, lab specialists, social workers and nutritionists.

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As a comprehensive oncology center, our specialists will evaluate your individual medical needs and coordinate care with surgeons, radiation oncologists, nutritionists, social workers, oncology educators and palliative care specialists. Treating all solid tumor diseases, the center provides hormone and chemotherapy services for both pediatric and adult inpatients and outpatients.

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If you, or a family member, are dealing with breast cancer, our dedicated nurse coordinators are here to provide reassurance and care, and take you through the treatment process.

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The Oncology Institute at JHAH provides best-in-class care, tailored to your individual needs. The oncology team is focused on excellence in clinical care, and is committed to advancing scientific research and education. Our Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)-certified nurses and dedicated support services focus on comprehensive care for you and your family. The Institute specializes in breast, colorectal, prostate, lung, sarcoma/melanoma, liver, pancreatic, kidney, brain, head and neck, ovarian and cervical cancers.

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We provide palliative care physicians and advanced clinical nurses to work alongside many of our cancer and blood disease treatments. We help to prevent and ease your suffering, and improve your quality of life. Our palliative care team offers expert treatment of pain and management of other symptoms to provide the best relief possible.

We promote open discussion about your treatment options and management of symptoms, coordinate care with all your healthcare providers, and provide emotional support for you and your family.

We know that childhood illnesses are challenging for the entire family, and this is reflected in the care we provide with our pediatric inpatient and outpatient services and support. We treat newborns through to young adults, helping your family deal with all types of childhood cancers and blood disorders. Our team of caregivers specialize in complex tumor cases, sickle cell anemia and leukemia. We provide pediatric-specific procedures and therapies, and consult with multiple sub-specialist pediatricians for your child’s care.

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Our radiation oncology services combine the latest technology with our highly skilled team of radiation professionals. Our team of physicians, physicists, nurses and technicians will develop a personalized treatment plan delivered by Varian Linear Accelerators. Radiation can be an effective treatment for benign and malignant solid tumors, as well as some types of blood cancer. Therapy is also an effective part of a palliative care treatment plan to reduce pain and discomfort.

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What to expect from oncology services

Some cancer cases are taken to a panel of JHAH experts in a weekly review called the Tumor Board. During the review, the group will discuss the case, as well as any relevant laboratory and image findings. The Tumor Board members work in collaboration to agree on a proposed course of individualized treatment. All breast cancer patients are reviewed by a panel of experts prior to their first appointment.

At your first appointment, you will meet with one of our experienced specialists to discuss your case and treatment options. The physician will cover the findings of any tests and relevant information about your diagnosis, and discuss a personalized care plan with you. Our expert nursing staff will coordinate follow-up appointments with the dedicated team. These include medical oncologists, hematologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, a nurse educator, nutritionists and social workers. We will make every effort to coordinate these follow-up appointments close to your home.

Our nursing team will be with you every step of the way, discussing what to expect from diagnosis through to post-treatment. They will advise you of necessary tests, including laboratory work and radiology tests. Most tests should be completed within 48 hours prior to treatment. You will get a call before your treatments to review your lab results and remind you of anything you need to do before you come to the clinic. The program coordinators will collect all your necessary documents. If you have any external documents from other facilities, it is important that you bring these with you or have them sent to us.

Bring something with you to read, your mobile phone or tablet, and any other items that will help to make you comfortable, such as a blanket or slippers. Many treatments are several hours long, and you will be sitting or lying down during this time. If you have questions for your doctor or nurse, write them down and bring them with you, so that we can talk them through and assist you on the journey.

Treatments are in multiple cycles and can be time sensitive. It is important to attend your treatment sessions on time and at the scheduled time only. We will not be able to accommodate earlier unscheduled times as this impacts the care of others. Changes to your treatment may be necessary, and our skilled clinicians will work with you to ensure the best treatment plan is applied.

It is important that you discuss your current health with the nursing staff – please advise them if you feel unwell or have a fever. There is a possibility that your medication may be a customized infusion that needs time to be prepared in the pharmacy. There may be a wait prior to the start of your treatment, and your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated. This is to ensure that you receive the safest and most effective therapy available.

Immediately following your course of treatment, you will have a follow-up appointment with your specialist. They may order diagnostic tests to monitor your health, and will determine the appropriate timing for your clinic follow-up. When you are ready, you will be discharged to your Primary Care physician.

Cancer patients will be invited to attend our ‘Survivor Clinic’ monthly meetings and lectures. You may see a different doctor at the Survivor Clinic, but they will have full access to your medical records should you wish to arrange a consultation.

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