Hematology/Oncology Clinic joins national network; expects lower cost for cancer treatments

Updated: Feb. 5, 2019 at 11:25 PM CST
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ZACHARY, LA (WAFB) - The Hematology/Oncology Clinic (HOC), a community-based treatment center in Baton Rouge and Zachary, has joined the American Oncology Network (AON).

The partnership is expected to give blood disorder and cancer patients more advanced treatment options and lower costs for cancer medicine.

“It’s a large group of oncology doctors like we have here in Baton Rouge, except the organization is meant to reduce the cost for patients,” said Dr. Michael Castine, an oncologist who has been treating cancer patients in Zachary for 20 years.

HOC patients will now be able to participate in clinical trials and be part of open research studies through AON.

“They’ll be able to get the latest treatments, the most up to date treatments for their cancer or their blood disorder, and it’ll be at a lower cost than they would get through a hospital setting," Dr. Castine said. "We’ll be able to offer them other services such as laboratory, pharmaceutical, pathology, as well as grant processing to offset their co-payments and their deductibles.”

Partnering with AON includes access to the organization’s in-house pharmacy, which means less wait-time for certain cancer medicines, and an in-house pathology lab, which means less wait time for results.

Dr. Castine explains how the partnership with AOC allows them to practice in a community-based system which has shown to be about 30 to 40 percent less expensiv

The HOC recently moved locations to make room to treat more patients and bring in more doctors, which will allow them to provide services at least four to five days a week. The clinic is now located at 1673 E. Mount Pleasant Road.


  • 1673 E Mount Pleasant Road
  • Zachary, LA

“We’re excited that we’re able to move to this location to expand our services and our times and hopefully provide more for the community,” said Dr. Castine.

Dr. Castine says every day when he drives back to Baton Rouge, he thinks about his patients in the Zachary area and is thankful they don’t have to sit in traffic after receiving chemotherapy treatment.

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