Loudoun County Oncologists Help Combat Language Barriers to Communicate with Patients

Reston, VA., September 15, 2019 — As one of the largest minority groups in the U.S., Hispanics often face devastating hardships in relation to cancer. Research shows that this duress stems from various socioeconomic, cultural and environmental factors, with one of the greatest being language barriers that hinder communication with their doctors. Local oncologists Dr. Manoel Moraes and Dr. Leandro Moraes of Oncology/Hematology of Loudoun and Reston, a partner practice of American Oncology Network, LLC (AON), are raising awareness during Hispanic Heritage Month about cancer health disparities and the resources available to local Hispanic cancer patients.

Having received his medical degree in Brazil and completed his residency in the United States, Dr. Manoel Moraes understands the complexities many non-English-speaking patients in the U.S. face. As a communicator who speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese, Dr. Moraes encourages his patients to bring family members to appointments and educates them on all the treatment options available and most appropriate for their diagnosis. His son, Dr. Leandro Moraes, who also speaks Portuguese and Spanish, emphasizes the importance of seeking early cancer screenings to prevent the illness from spreading.

“In our practice, we aim to offer patients with different backgrounds equal access to high-quality care,” Dr. Manoel Moraes said. “Speaking to my patients in their native language helps them feel more comfortable and more inclined to seek out options for their diagnosis.”

Although translation services are sometimes implemented in a hospital setting, the communication method is often formal and differs vastly from a humanized approach and personal connection with medical staff.

The physicians at Oncology/Hematology of Loudoun and Reston provide personalized cancer care in three convenient community locations. The practice also offers enhanced technology, pathology, central laboratory services, an expanded oral oncolytic pharmacy and 24/7 care management to patients through their practice’s affiliation with the American Oncology Network, LLC (AON).

AON is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders that provides a unique array of enhanced services to its affiliated community-based oncology practices. It consistently strives to find innovative ways to connect with patients. Its model allows physicians to focus on what matters most — their patients.

To make an appointment at Oncology/Hematology of Loudoun and Reston, patients can call (703) 858-3110.

About Oncology/Hematology of Loudoun and Reston: (www.loudounoncology.com)

Oncology/Hematology of Loudoun and Reston, P.C., founded in 1997, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of adults with cancer or hematological abnormalities. State-of-the-art treatment is administered by knowledgeable and professional staff in a warm, compassionate atmosphere. Patients, family members and caregivers are treated with dignity and respect toward the common goals of health and healing.


About American Oncology Network, LLC: (AONcology.com)

American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders partnering to ensure the long-term success of community oncology. Founded in 2017, the rapidly growing AON network represents nearly 50 physicians and over ten nurse practitioners practicing across seven states. The executive management team of AON brings more than three decades of oncology practice management experience, enabling physicians to focus on what matters most – providing the highest quality care for patients.

The organization provides unique and comprehensive protocols for managing administrative procedures and enhancing ancillary services for its affiliates. AON is able to aggregate volume and attain economies of scale, as it guides its member physicians and practices through the transition to value-based reimbursement models that improve the patient experience and help to reduce the per-capita cost of cancer care.

AON also provides a unique model of physician led, community-based oncology management. With services such as a centralized specialty pharmacy, diagnostics, pathology, fully integrated electronic medical records, a care management team and a variety of financial assistance programs, an alliance with AON ensures that patients’ experiences will be at the very pinnacle of cancer care today.

For more information, contact:

American Oncology Network, LLC

Shelly Glenn, Chief Marketing & Sales Officer


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