Mesothelioma Cancer Centers
When deciding on a place at which to receive medical treatment for an asbestos cancer such as pleural mesothelioma or pericardial mesothelioma, there are numerous factors that patients should consider. One of the difficulties faced by mesothelioma patients is that while the disease can sometimes take twenty years or more to develop, generally once the diagnosis is given, it is already in stage 2 or later. Consequently it is vital that patients seek out doctors and cancer centers that have experience in treating malignant mesothelioma; this is certainly a case where it is sensible to consult a specialist. It's also wise to choose a facility staffed by compassionate professionals who can explain the treatment options and with whom you are comfortable. Some regions of the nation do not have state-of-the-art clinics for rare diseases such as peritoneal mesothelioma; if you live in such an area you might be required to travel in order to receive the type of medical treatment you want.
Hematology and Oncology Associates of Central New York was founded in 1982. Since then, it has grown into a 65,000 square feet cancer center and is staffed by 10 physicians, 22 nurse practitioners/physician assistants, and over 200 allied health care workers.
- chemotherapy and radiation
- ambulatory infusion
- laboratory services
- clinical research
- patient and family counseling and support services
- dietary assessment and nutritional counseling
- community referrals
- community educational programs
Patients may also access to complimentary therapies such as Reiki, acupuncture and massage therapy. The facility operates its own comprehensive imaging center that includes PET and CT scanning.
HOA cancer patients have access to clinical research trials and a staff that collaborates with major cancer centers across the nation through its affiliation with the National Cancer Institute. Currently, HOA patients have the opportunity to participate in over 115 clinical cancer research trials that address issues of cancer control as well as prevention trials that provide treatment with investigational therapies for cancer in various stages. Prevention trials also focus on the prevention of cancer-related side effects in addition to quality of life improvements, and basic disease prevention.
The centerpiece of the HOA Cancer Center is the Varian Clinac iX, one the most advanced model of linear accelerator available today. This linear accelerator is used in the delivery of radiation treatments using a technology known as Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT).
In addition, nurses at the Ambulatory Infusion center provides chemotherapy to patients in a comfortable and non-institutional like environment.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette
Hematology and Oncology Associates of Central New York