staying powerCEO LETTER

A Resource for Coping

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Medical experts tell us that as many as 41 percent of Americans can expect to be diagnosed with cancer at some time in their lives. And while a diagnosis of cancer is life-changing, substantial progress has been made in a wide range of treatments and therapies. In fact, some types of the disease are now considered curable, while others can be managed more like a chronic condition.

Just as we have learned that cancer isn’t a single disease, today we realize that the ways in which people experience their battle with cancer are highly individualized as well.

Any type of cancer has a profound effect on a person’s body, mind and spirit. According to the American Cancer Society, emotional support and mental health counseling have been found to help many patients and their loved ones cope with the disease. The Cancer Society encourages patients to talk with family members, their healthcare team and other cancer survivors as a way of gaining coping skills and personal strength.

As a patient-centered healthcare system, UHS is committed to being there for cancer patients and their families at every step of the journey, with medical, surgical and emotional support. We have one of the most comprehensive cancer centers in upstate New York, with the latest facilities, equipment, providers and expertise all converging to give the patient the best possible chance for recovery. Moreover, we are constantly improving and expanding our oncological services.

For example, recently we added a new linear accelerator to advance radiation treatment, brought new colorectal surgery and radiation oncology providers on board and formed a partnership with Upstate Medical University for prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment. We are improving care for patients with cervical cancer and lymphoma, and have piloted a program to help women determine their genetic risk for developing breast cancer.

If a person or their family member is ever diagnosed with cancer, they can rest assured that at UHS they will be able to connect with a cancer nurse navigator who will walk them through every question they have and every treatment decision they make. What’s more, our support groups can be a very beneficial way of connecting with other survivors and dealing with all aspects of the condition.

No matter what type of cancer a person is dealing with, or what challenges they are facing, the UHS cancer care team can be a powerful ally in the battle and journey. It’s one more way we show our commitment to listening, showing respect and giving hope.


Matthew J. Salanger, FACHE
President and CEO of UHS