Oncology

Phone
(301) 609-4039
Hours
Outpatient M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Life is different after being diagnosed with cancer. There are new challenges physically, emotionally, and spiritually. UM Charles Regional Medical Center offers a variety of programs and resources that help cancer patients and families throughout their cancer journey.

UM Charles Regional's Community Cancer Program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. A Cancer Committee comprised of UM Charles Regional physicians, surgeons, and other allied health professionals - representing various specialties involved in cancer care - monitors the overall care of the cancer patient at UM Charles Regional Medical Center with the goal of ongoing quality improvement in all aspects of education, research, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Monthly cancer conferences are held as well as quarterly meetings of the Cancer Committee. In addition, there is a tumor registry at UM Charles Regional Medical Center that is affiliated with the State and National Tumor Registry.

Department Details

Cancer Care

Our teams represent the full spectrum of specialties involved in cancer care - including diagnostic imaging, medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgery, pathology, and cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Services offered through UM Charles Regional Medical Center include:

  • Cancer registry
  • CAT Scan imaging unit
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Clinical pharmacy staff
  • Mammography, breast exams, stereotactic breast biopsy and comprehensive women's diagnostic services
  • Colonoscopy and related exams
  • Nuclear medicine diagnostic testing
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Social work services
  • Chemotherapy infusion services
  • Pain management
  • Ultrasound testing

The Cancer Program

The Cancer Program offers community education and support programs to raise awareness and help patients and families cope with the lifestyle changes associated with cancer. Our community outreach and activities include:

  • Annual free prostate cancer screenings at UM Charles Regional Medical Center
  • A toll-free referral line to assist persons with locating community cancer support groups and other cancer service-related organizations
  • Sponsorship of the annual Survivor's Walk and Reception for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life
  • Member of the Charles County Cancer and Tobacco Coalition
  • Partnership with the Charles County Health Department in providing clinical breast exams and pap tests for under and non-insured women
  • Creation and sponsorship of Surviving Cancer: A Photographic Essay, held annually at the St. Charles Towne Center, featuring local survivors of breast, colon and prostate cancer; and an
  • Annual Cancer Report to the Community. (Download PDF)

For more information on our cancer programs or services, call 1-888-332-4847. When you or someone you love is faced with a serious illness, finding the best care, close-to-home, can make all the difference.

UM Charles Regional Outpatient Infusion Center

At the UM Charles Regional Outpatient Infusion Center we provide infusion therapy to clinically appropriate patients. We offer personalized patient education and training, and our nurses are experienced in administering IV therapy.

Infusion therapy is provided in a relaxed, comfortable setting. Patients have access to television and a DVD/VCR. Services are provided to:

  • Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy
  • Individuals taking medication for pain management
  • Patients requiring pamidronate for bone loss
  • Neuro patients requiring Solu-Medtrol
  • VIG for immunosuppression
  • Therapeutic phlebotomies
  • Blood transfusions
  • Vascular access device care and blood draw; and
  • Patients requiring intravenous treatments.

A physicians order is needed prior to scheduling an appointment. The outpatient infusion center is located on the first floor of UM Charles Regional Medical Center next to 1 North. For more information, call the infusion center at 301-609-4039.

Infusion Therapy Services

At the UM Charles Regional Infusion Center, we provide state-of-the art infusion therapy to clinically appropriate patients. We offer: personalized patient education and training; and experienced nurses trained in administering IV therapy.

Location, Amenities, and Hours
The UM Charles Regional Infusion Center is conveniently located on the first floor of UM Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata next to One North. We provide a relaxed, comfortable setting for the administration of therapies. Patients also have access to television and a DVD/VCR for their viewing pleasure. Center hours are Monday—Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm by appointment.

Infusion Therapies
Infusion therapies today include the traditional therapies along with new, innovative techniques that utilize intravenous lines for the delivery of the product. We work with a diverse patient population including:

  • Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy
  • Individuals taking medication for pain management
  • Patients requiring intravenous antibiotics
  • Patients requiring pamidronate for bone loss
  • Neuro patients requiring Solu-Medrol
  • IVIG for immunosuppression
  • Therapeutic Phlebotomies
  • Blood Transfusions
  • Vascular access device care and blood draw
  • Other patients requiring intravenous treatments

Our Staff
Nellie Willett, RN, BSN leads our infusion center team. Nellie has worked as a nurse for 19 years and is a cancer chemotherapy provider. She administers and supervises a patient’s treatment during the therapy and reports outcomes to the referring physician.

Appointments
A physician’s order is needed prior to scheduling an appointment. To schedule an appointment please call 301-609-4039. Fax number is 301-934-1798. Prior lab work done within 24-72 hours can be faxed or sent with the patient to their appointment.

The Chesapeake Potomac Regional Cancer Center

The Chesapeake Potomac Regional Cancer Center (CPRCC), with offices in both Charlotte Hall and Waldorf, is a community-based radiation therapy cancer center. These facilities provide radiation therapy services to the residents of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties as well as Southern Prince Georges County. CPRCC is a joint venture of the Chesapeake Potomac Health Care Alliance (CPHA) and Maryland Regional Cancer Care.

For more information on radiation services call 301-884-2508 or go to www.chesapeakepotomaccancer.com. CPRCC offices are located at 30077 Business Center Drive, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622 and 11340 Pembrooke Square, Suite 201, Waldorf, MD 20603.