Often, patients feel they need to travel to a big city for treatment. And frequently, patients may undergo excessive chemotherapy or radiation, resulting in higher costs for overtreatment. They may endure excessive testing, unnecessary appointments, and more time away from work and family.
At AHN, we know that with cancer care, one size doesn’t fit all. We focus on a personalized treatment model that delivers world-class care, close to home. And we treat the whole person. Our Navigation Team helps coordinate treatment plans, shorten wait times, and expedite treatment. While our social workers guide you and your family through the emotional aspects of your diagnosis. We take time to discuss tests you may need, explain your treatment options, and answer questions about the next steps in your care. Because informed patients make strong people. And when you need care after your doctor’s office is closed, you have access to our After Hours Oncology Clinic. You can get specialized care when you need it and avoid risk of infection at an emergency room or hospital.
We also work together to maximize the efficiency, effectiveness, and convenience of your treatment. Our Highmark Cancer Collaborative unites the best minds in cancer treatment through the AHN Cancer Institute and the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Medicine. Together, we participate in hundreds of clinical trials, more than any other health system in the area, so you have streamlined and guided access to new treatments, reducing the need for chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
If you are diagnosed with a rare or complex cancer, we also offer expert second opinions through our colleagues at Johns Hopkins Medicine. We have a seamless referral and transition process so you can easily confer with their cancer experts. Our physicians also have direct access to remote consultation and second opinion services with Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center specialists for these rare cancers, including diagnosis confirmation and treatment plans. By sharing world-class expertise, collaboration on clinical trials, and providing streamlined and guided access to treatments with Johns Hopkins Medicine, we drive the best possible outcomes and quality of life.
This coordinated care brings you less hassle and more peace of mind. In most cases, you’ll meet with you care team, as one group, at the same location, soon after your diagnosis. Because you shouldn’t have to wait long for answers. Throughout treatment, this cohesive team communicates regularly about your care, reducing unnecessary appointments and excessive testing. Our experts work closely with you and your family to keep you supported, informed, and empowered – quickly and compassionately, every step of the way.