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Frequently Asked Questions

What is hematology/oncology?
All our doctors are board certified in both hematology and oncology. Hematology is the study of blood, clotting and diseases of the blood and immune system. Within hematology, we treat and evaluate both blood and lymph node cancers as well as noncancerous blood disorders such as high or low blood counts (white cells, red cells or platelets) as well as immune dysfunction and clotting disorders. Oncology is the treatment of cancer with medicines that specifically target cancer cells. We treat and evaluate all kinds of cancers and work closely with many other physicians as well.
What is cancer?
Cancer is any uncontrolled growth of cells due to different mutations in those cells that lead to cell division and growth.  Usually this presents as a growing mass (or tumor).  Cancers can either be localized to one area of the body or they can have spread to multiple areas.  There are hundreds of different types of cancer, each with different genes and proteins that drive growth, so each cancer grows differently, and consequently, is treated differently.
What kind of treatments are available for cancer?
There are many different approaches to treat cancer.  In our clinic, we specialize in “systemic treatments” of cancer that reach cancer cells throughout the body.  These systemic treatments are usually called “chemotherapy,” however, there are many different treatments depending on the characteristics of a particular cancer.  Other forms of cancer treatment include surgical resection and radiation therapy.  We work closely with physicians in both of these specialties to help develop personalized cancer plans that best treat and attack each person’s cancer.
Where can I get my prescriptions filled?
HOAA has our own pharmacy, HOAA Pharmacy, located in suite 65 of the lower level of the Brookwood Medical Plaza, medication can be picked up in person or shipped directly with one of our couriers.  Please call today to start your service or to enroll in our portal.
Where are you located?
Our main office is at: 513 Brookwood Blvd., Suite 275 in Brookwood Medical Plaza which is adjacent to Brookwood Hospital.  The parking deck entrance to Brookwood Medical Plaza is across from Target along Brookwood Blvd. Once in the parking deck, take the elevator to the lobby level of the parking deck and the lobby elevator to the second floor.  We also see patients daily in Sylacauga and on Mondays at our Satellite office in Fultondale: 339 Walker Chapel Plaza, Suite 109,  Fultondale AL. 35068. Click for the address, phone number and a google map to each facility.
How quickly new patients can be seen?
We can see newly diagnosed cancer patients within 24 hours and hematologic patients within a week.
What hospitals our physicians are associated with?
Can you work closely with MD Anderson and other facilities?
We have an excellent working relationship with MD Anderson, Sloan Kettering, Emory and routinely place patients within the UAB Clinical Trial Division.
What diagnosis do our doctors treat?
We treat all cancer diagnoses and most hematologic conditions.
Do you accept self-referrals?
We accept self-referrals and second opinion requests on a case by case basis.
What insurances do we accept?
We accept most major insurance plans and recommend that oncology patients are familiar with the cancer benefits covered within their plan.

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