When you get a cancer diagnosis, you want the best care possible. Sometimes that means specialized equipment and facilities that aren’t available in your own town, leaving you with no option but to travel to a major city for treatment.
Traveling away from home adds an extra layer of stress and discomfort for you and your family, and it often increases the financial burden of cancer treatment as well. Moreover, it can be difficult to coordinate doctors and treatments from a distance.
Now cancer patients in Westchester County can get relief in the form of a state-of-the-art cancer treatment center close to home.
NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, N.Y., has just opened a $65 million Cancer Center and surgical suite, designed to handle specialized and advanced treatment on the spot.
Dr. Marc Otten, Director of Neurosurgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital is excited to be bringing first-class cancer care close to home. “I grew up in this community, and remember the long trips my family had to make each week for cancer treatment in New York City,” he says.
The new Cancer Center houses all patient care services under one roof, making treatment as convenient for patients as possible. Practitioners on-site include medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, dietitians, social workers, genetic counselors—every type of specialist a cancer patient might need.
On top of that, the Center features the most up-to-date equipment for chemotherapy, surgery and all types of radiation therapy, including stereotactic radiosurgery. Stereotactic radiosurgery is radiation treatment that is used on cancers of the brain and spinal cord. It involves focusing beams of radiation precisely on the tumor or lesion, to avoid affecting the surrounding healthy tissue.
Radiosurgery requires a team of practitioners, including a radiation oncologist, a neurosurgeon or neuroradiologist, a radiation therapist and a registered nurse, all available at the Center.
NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital is excited to bring this cutting-edge facility to Westchester, and to make it easier and more convenient for those in the area to get excellent care close to home.
“I’m proud to be part of a world-class team bringing Columbia and NewYork-Presbyterian doctors to Westchester,” Dr. Otten says. “The same quality of neurosurgery people have come to expect from Columbia is now available in Bronxville.”
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