Last fall, the University of Rochester Medical Center’s ‘Wilmot Cancer Institute’ teamed up with Arnot Health to provide medical oncology and infusion services at its Falck Cancer Center.
In celebration of the Falck Cancer Center’s 25th anniversary, the two forces are bringing a new service to the Twin Tiers.
The New York State Department of Health estimates that 1,300 new cancer cases develop in Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties each year. To combat that statistic, Arnot Health and the Wilmot Cancer Institute are adding radiation oncology services.
“Cancer care is incredibly complex and ever-changing,” Director of Regional Operations for the Wilmot Cancer Institute, David Dougherty said. “New drugs to target cancer cells are developed everyday. And so, compared to five years from now, cancer care is very different. I believe this collaboration allows us to bring that cutting edge, research, that cutting edge technology.”
Beginning in May, physicians will provide treatments and consultations for patients with a variety of cancers, by utilizing state-of-the-art radiation equipment.
“We are very excited to announce to our community our latest acquisition, that’s a new linear accelerator,” President and C.E.O. of Arnot Health, Robert Lambert said. “These are the devices that actually deliver the radiation therapy to patients.”
“The special thing about this is that it offers state-of-the-art technology that allows the radiation oncologist to really target the cancer cells and the tumors themselves, while limiting the amount of radiation exposure to the normal tissues around the tumor,” Dougherty said.
“The most special thing about today frankly is celebrating our relationship with the University of Rochester and all the promise that that has for our patients,” Lambert said.
For more information on cancer treatments, consultations, and how the Falck Cancer Center could make a difference in your life, visit http://www.arnothealth.org/falck-cancer-center.