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Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center

Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center

Columbia University
701 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032

(212) 305-6921

The Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center is located at New York City’s Columbia University, one of the most respected institutions in the United States. It is one of two cancer centers run by the NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Center, a large medical facility associated with the university.

History

Herbert Irving’s “parent” medical center, NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Center, was formed in 1998 when two historic New York City hospitals – New York Hospital and Presbyterian Hospital – merged into one. That merger formed the largest and most comprehensive medical facility in all of New York State.

Columbia University’s foray into cancer research came more than a century ago when, in 1911, the university launched its first Institute for Cancer Research. The birth of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center came in 1972, when the center received funding from the U.S. government’s National Cancer Institute (NCI); it was designated as a comprehensive cancer center in 1979 and remains one of just 41 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Just three of those are located in New York State.

Today, Herbert Irving has three research divisions – Basic, Disease-specific and Population-based science – and eight research programs. The center’s members receive more than $33 million in National Cancer Institute funding.

Mesothelioma Treatment at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center

Doctors at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center diagnose and treat more than 3,500 new cancer cases each year, but the center has a very active research component as well. This means that scientific advances discovered in a laboratory – such as surgical advances or new drug therapies – can have an immediate impact on patients. Currently, patients at Herbert Irving have access to more than 200 clinical trials, giving them access to new treatment options.

A person diagnosed with mesothelioma should expect to be questioned about their life and work histories, as it is important for doctors to understand any environmental factors that could have caused the disease, particularly exposure to asbestos. He or she will likely be treated with a combination of treatments, as that is the mode of treatment that has proven most successful; often times, this will include surgery (either to remove the full lung or the affected lung lining), followed by chemotherapy and/or radiation.

But because each person’s cancer is different, treatment can vary widely from patient to patient. Herbert Irving brings together experts from a wide range of fields, such as surgery, hematology, radiation therapy, pathology, social work and psychology, to meet the needs of each individual patient.

Sources

Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center – About Us
http://www.hiccc.columbia.edu/aboutus

National Cancer Institute – Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center
http://cancercenters.cancer.gov/cancer_centers/nyhiccc.html

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