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Our Cancer Team Stands Ready

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Throughout UHS, our cancer care services cover the full spectrum of care, from screening to diagnosis, treatment to recovery. Our providers strive to ensure that each of the 1,000 patients who receive oncological care annually at UHS has a seamless path that’s as comfortable and effective as possible every step of the way.  

Our continuum of care features advanced protocols, enrollment in national clinical research at the local level and cutting-edge technologies, all delivered collaboratively by both UHS-employed providers and other practitioners in the community who are members of UHS’ medical staffs.

But everywhere in our organization, the technical merits of the most sophisticated medicine available never outweigh the human touch in personalized, compassionate care. Our providers never lose sight of the significance of the total patient experience or the value of engaging each patient as part of the care team.

The commitment to quality across the board has led national medical agencies and organizations to take notice of our program and to recognize us with several awards for stellar performance. We have received high scores for the quality of our oncological programs from the American College of Surgeons and its Commission on Cancer. In addition, our Breast Center at UHS Vestal was the first to be qualified by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

What does this mean for patients and their families? It means that UHS is on the leading edge of understanding the biology of cancer and providing treatments that are more effective, more specific and less likely to produce side effects. It means that we are among those medical centers that are able to treat cancers more like chronic diseases, using the full battery of medications, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and stereotactic radiosurgery to counteract the disease.  

And, as Ruth Manzer, RN, OCN, our cancer nurse coordinator, has said, it means that we stay connected with our patients all along the way in their courageous battle against the condition. In her words, “We walk our patients through each step. We want them to have the emotional, psychosocial and spiritual support they need to reconnect with their lives.” 

 

Matthew J. Salanger
President and CEO of UHS