FAQs

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions
How do I make an appointment to see one of your physicians?
Please call our office at 301-797-8279 to discuss scheduling an appointment.

Should I call your office to talk about my insurance before my appointment?
Yes, please contact our billing department about your insurance.

What information should I bring with me for my appointment?
What should I bring to my first appointment?
  • Photo ID; such as Driver’s License
  • Insurance and Prescription Insurance cards
  • Referral if necessary
  • Updated medication list
What should I bring to my Infusion?
As part of your treatment plan, your physician has ordered for you to receive either chemotherapy or another type of infusion or injection.

Here is a list of helpful hints that we hope will make your visit with us as comfortable as possible:
  • Bring a BLANKET with you on treatment day in case you feel cold during your treatment. We do have some available as well.
  • Take all your MEDICATIONS as prescribed on the day of treatment unless instructed otherwise.
  • Make sure to EAT a light healthy meal before you come for your treatment. You may also bring any food or snacks.
  • Bring a COMPANION with you on your first day of treatment. It is helpful to have a second set of ears when listening to the instructions you will receive. If you bring more than one person with you, we ask that only one visitor at a time come into the infusion unit due to limited space.
  • We have Wi-Fi capabilities so you may bring a laptop or other types of electronic devices. Connect to the network as a "Antietam-Patients" then use the password "mydoctor." If you are using audio, please use headphones or ear buds as a courtesy to others.
  • For the safety of our patients and your children, no child under the age of 13 will be admitted to the chemotherapy area.
We do our very best to see each patient at their assigned appointment time. However, there may be times when we are behind. Please be patient with us and keep in mind that while we strive for promptness, our main goal is to deliver safe and efficient care to EACH of our patients.

Does Antietam Oncology and Hematology Group, P.C. treat patients of any age?
No. Antietam Oncology and Hematology Group, P.C. treats only patients 18 years of age and older.

What is hematology?
Hematology is the branch of medical practice concerned with conditions of the blood. Many blood disorders are not malignant.

Why does my physician need to know all the medications I'm taking?
It's important for your physcian to know exactly what medications you are taking, including herbs and vitamins, as some medications may interact with one another or with chemotherapy drugs and could potentially affect your treatment outcome.

What is the difference between the terms "benign" and "malignant"?
A benign tumor is a noncancerous growth that does not invade other tissues and generally has a favorable prognosis. A malignant tumor is cancerous and can invade and destroy nearby tissues and spread to other parts of the body (called metastasis). A malignant condition may be associated with an unfavorable prognosis.

What if I want a 2nd opinion from another hematology/oncology physician?
All of our physicians welcome and encourage 2nd opinions, if desired, prior to pursuing any treatment. It's very important that patients are well informed prior to making decisions regarding their diagnosis and treatment options.
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