Cancer Center Welcomes New Physician and Earns Accreditation

By Robin Earl

Fauquier Health Physician Services welcomes hematologist/oncologist Dr. Raj Pal Manchandani. He is board-certified in hematology and medical oncology, with extensive training in management of solid and hematologic malignancies, as well as in benign hematologic disorders.

Dr. Manchandani acknowledges that cancer is a difficult disease. “Cancer patients are living longer and better, but a cancer diagnosis is still overwhelming. That’s why I give compassionate care for the whole person, not just for the disease. I am privileged to be able to help people during this very difficult time in their lives.”

Fauquier Health Hematology/Oncology is at the heart of Fauquier Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care, which also includes its Infusion Center. Dr. Manchandani said, “Patients appreciate being able to come to a familiar environment and get the same standard of care as a bigger hospital. Having cancer care in their own community saves time and offers comfort to patients and to their caregivers.”

He describes nurses in the Infusion Center as “eyes and ears for me. I may only see a patient once a month, but they see them every week or every other week. They spend more time with patients, so if they are concerned or see anything unusual, they can let me know. They are an integral part of our care team.”

Dr. Manchandani also appreciates having an experienced oncology nurse navigator to provide additional support. “Richard (Shrout, MS, RN) provides a bridge between me as a physician and the other services we provide. He sees patients on their first visit and guides them through the process. He provides additional education on their disease and treatment plan, and coordinates evaluation for clinical trials. He also helps make appointments, arrange transportation, and helps with insurance. He is a wonderful resource.”

Dr. Manchandani says that he was inspired to work in oncology in part because in his native Pakistan there is so little available. “Patients don’t have access to doctors, chemotherapy, or technology. When it became time to decide on my career, I remembered their suffering.”

He recalled one patient he worked with during a residency at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. “He was a patient with lymphoma, wheelchair-bound, in terrible pain and not able to walk. He was diagnosed and treated. I saw him six months later. No one could tell he had had lymphoma. He felt wonderful and was so grateful.”

Dr. Manchandani is looking forward to working with patients and primary care physicians in Fauquier County. “I am happy to be joining a small community hospital where I can learn to know my patients and my fellow physicians. I have been impressed with the patient-centered care philosophy that comes with being a Planetree hospital. You can get treatment for cancer at any hospital, but Fauquier Hospital provides compassionate and patient-centered care. That’s the difference.”

To make an appointment with Fauquier Health Hematology/Oncology, please call 540-316-4360.

Center for Cancer Care Earns Accreditation

In January, the Fauquier Health Center for Cancer Care was accredited for three years by the Commission on Cancer. The survey marks a significant milestone in a two-year journey to enhance the quality and service of cancer care delivered to Fauquier Health patients.

The accreditation is a voluntary commitment by a cancer program that ensures patients have access to a full scope of services to diagnose, treat, rehabilitate, and support patients with cancer and their families. The Commission on Cancer is the only multidisciplinary accreditation program for cancer care in the United States; once accredited, hospitals continually evaluate their performance and outcomes.

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