To Our Patients:
As a dedicated provider of cancer care, we are committed to your and your family’s health. We also understand that you have concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic.
At Astera Radiation Oncology, we continue to closely monitor the evolving situation, following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and taking a series of specific actions to protect our patients. These actions include the following special precautions:
We are scheduling patient visits in our offices, as well as through telemedicine.
- We encourage our patients to schedule their appointments through our telemedicine system, Doxy. To learn more about Doxy, click here. Patients can also schedule an in-office visit, however, as we are limiting the number of visits to our offices for safety reasons, wait time may be longer for the scheduling of in-office visits.
Covid-19 screening for all patients.
- All patients will be screened before coming to the office to identify anyone with a risk of infection. A series of questions will be asked regarding symptoms and travel history, based on the State of New Jersey travel quarantine mandate.
Please, no visitors.
- We ask that all companions, including family members, wait outside the office or drop off patients to decrease risk of infection.
We will continue to see new patients.
- All new patient records will be reviewed, and patients with a new diagnosis of cancer will be seen within 24 to 48 hours as dictated by our present policy. These visits may be scheduled in-office or through our telemedicine system.
Staff will be wearing surgical masks and face shields to decrease the risk of infection.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 609-655-5755.
As things change, we will adjust our policies and practices to respond appropriately to new developments. At the same time, we intend to keep you informed about the best infection-control practices and what you need to know to keep yourself and your loved one safe.
Please be sure to follow the recommended infection-control guidelines, which come from the CDC.
How can you limit your exposure to the virus?
The best way to prevent Covid-19 is to avoid being exposed to the virus, which at this time is thought to spread mainly person-to-person. How do you do that?
- Wash your hands with soap and water – frequently and for at least 20 seconds each time
- If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching your face
- Maintain “social distancing” between others (about six feet apart)
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze (and immediately wash or sanitize your hands)
What should you do if you’re sick?
- Stay home except to get medical care when moderately ill – avoid public areas, transportation, events, etc.
- If you’re around other ill persons or caring for others, wear a facemask
- Cover coughs and sneezes, wash/sanitize hands and clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces daily
- Monitor symptoms – seek prompt medical care if symptoms worsen
- If seeking care for illness, call your doctor before going to the office, so they are aware you are potentially infected with Covid-19
- Cancel appointments made for other reasons while you are sick
- Take appropriate actions to maximize your safety and keep you informed
- Call 911 if you have a medical emergency
Rest assured that we will continue evaluating developments and taking appropriate actions to reduce exposure and keep you up-to-date.