In July 2015, Alpine Hematology-Oncology and Reno Oncology Consultants merged to form Cancer Care Specialists. This unique partnership has allowed our team to focus on the delivery of high-quality care for patients with cancer and blood disorders. With a combined 40 years of experience and through investments in technology and clinical excellence, we are able to ensure that our patients receive best in class care. Our physicians, nurses and staff are able to inspire hope and confidence through their patient focused approach and clinical collaboration. At Cancer Care Specialists we want to ensure that our community has access to every possible tool to treat cancer and blood disorders. As a result, we are able to deliver higher quality outcomes, and ensure a better quality of life for survivors.
"Deliver highly personalized and precision based treatment to the community we serve through welcoming, caring, and compassionate team members".
"We will transform the Oncology and Hematology treatment experience through a culture of compassion, innovation, quality and excellence".
Our Multi-Disciplinary Team includes:
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Advanced Nurse Practitioners & Physician Assistants
Counseling and palliative care services
Relationships with tertiary care centers (UC Davis, Stanford, etc. )
The Value of Independent Community Oncology
There are two classifications of oncology practices: community oncology and institutional or hospital-based oncology. Both provide oncology care in an outpatient setting, have the same types of training, utilize the same drugs, have access to the latest research and see similar patients. However, in practice, the benefit of community oncology centers is increasingly understood as a conduit to provide efficient, patient-centered oncology care at lower costs to patients, health plans,
and community physicians.
Independent community oncologists are in private practice. They offer highly personalized and immediate care, and work in close collaboration with regional experts and colleagues, allowing the availability of second opinions in the case of a rare or complicated diagnosis. They are on the medical staff of local hospitals and their practices have the staff and resources to provide the needed treatments, in a personal, local and convenient setting.
Hospital-based medical oncologists work for a local health system, hospital or an academic institution, and most provide oncology care on an outpatient basis, similar to the community oncologists. That being said, hospital-based physicians routinely have significant non-clinical obligations in administration, research and teaching, and therefore may spend less time with patients. The primary difference between care in the independent community setting and care in the hospital setting is related to cost. Because hospital based oncologists bill through the hospital’s contracts, the costs to your health plan through insurance claims—and to you through increased co-pay—can be higher. Recent studies show the cost for receiving the same drug and treatment, through the same process, may possibly be two to three times more expensive when obtained from a hospital outpatient-based oncologist as compared to an independent community oncologist.