Honoring the Needs
the Dignity of our Patients
All of us at NROC are dedicated to helping the people in our care maintain the
best possible quality of life. Our comprehensive health care team offers an
exceptional level of expertise to help meet the diverse physical and personal
needs of our patients and their families. In addition to our dedication to
providing the best possible medical care, we also offer a full range support
services. We are committed to honoring the needs and respecting the dignity and
spiritual values of our patients and their families.
The delivery of radiation therapy involves a skilled network of medical
professionals working together throughout the full course of treatments. The
NROC team of physicians and supporting medical staff includes:
Radiation Oncologists are doctors who use radiation to treat people with cancer.
All NROC radiation oncologists are Board Certified and have many years of
experience in the safe and effective delivery of radiation for cancer treatment.
Board certification means that a doctor has specialized training in his or her
medical field, has passed rigorous certification exams in that field, and
continues professional education in order to remain up to date in the latest
treatment options. In addition, all NROC physicians are certified or trained in
other related medical and technological specialties.
Radiation Oncology Nurses work closely with you and your radiation oncologist to
coordinate your care. Nurses answer your questions and provide information
concerning your treatment, as well as advice to help you manage any side
effects. To insure that you receive personal, comprehensive care that meets your
special needs, your nurse also coordinates referrals for NROCıs other support
Radiation Therapists assist you each day in the delivery of your prescribed dose
of radiation therapy and help you if you need to adjust your treatment times.
All NROC therapists are Board Certified by the American Registry of Radiologic
Dosimetrists and Physicists are a ³behind-the-scenes² team that assists
your radiation oncologist in the critical phase of planning and designing your
optimal, precise treatment plan. All NROC dosimetrists and physicists have
extensive training and experience using high technology computers, CT scans and
Receptionists are the first to welcome you to NROC. They schedule appointments,
coordinate medical records and take care of general office functions. They are
always willing to help with insurance coverage, transportation or other such
concerns you might have.
Support Services Team:
To help our patients maintain the best possible quality of life during and after
their radiation treatments, we offer a full range of support services, all
provided at no cost. These include social services, nutritional counseling,
financial counseling, pet therapy and art therapy, as well as a variety of
education programs to meet the needs of all our patients and their families.
Social Services: Because people with cancer may encounter a variety of
personal issues related to the diagnosis and treatment of their disease, NROC
provides the services of a licensed professional social worker free of charge.
Our social worker is available to counsel patients and their families regarding
the social, psychological and physical challenges they may experience throughout
the course of their treatment and follow-up.
Nutritional Counseling: Following a healthful nutrition plan during and
after cancer treatment is important to help patients maintain their strength.
Therefore, NROC offers nutritional support and counseling free of charge. Our
licensed professional dietitian is available to meet with all patients to
discuss their particular nutritional needs and to answer questions about how
cancer treatments may affect their appetite.
Financial Counseling: Since the costs associated with cancer treatment
may be confusing and of great concern to so many of our patients, we have
experienced staff who can help you and your family with questions regarding
health insurance and other related financial issues.
Pet Therapy: People dealing with the psychological stress they may
experience from the diagnosis and treatment of cancer can benefit from friendly
visits of dogs that have been trained as Therapy Pets. Our certified therapy dog
visits NROC centers several days a week, and his gentle, friendly greeting helps
enhance the healing process for our patients.
Art Therapy: The creativity involved in making art can be a strong
healing and life-enhancing experience. One does not need to be “artistic” to
benefit from the therapeutic effects of participating with a trained art
therapist. Simple art projects can help patients and their family members reduce
stress and anxiety as well as gain self-awareness and personal insights. Our
professional art therapist invites all NROC patients, their families and friends
to participate in creative ways to help them during their cancer treatment and
Education programs: A variety of special educational and support programs
are offered at both NROC sites throughout the year. Programs may focus on
specific types of cancer, new treatment options, cancer research up-dates, or
other medical, psychological or social topics of interest to cancer patients and
In addition, our multidisciplinary medical team of professionals is available
for anyone wishing to research information about their cancer on the Internet.
We also offer a wide range of informative videos, DVD’s, booklets and pamphlets
about cancer related topics.
Our staff at NROC participates with other cancer organizations in our region
that provide education and support services, such as the Northeast Regional
Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society and the Northeastern Pennsylvania
Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.