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The Best Treatment, Personalized

Fortunately, there are many treatments for cancer and care is constantly evolving. Physicians and surgeons at the Cancer Center at Montefiore Nyack Hospital develop individualized treatment plans for patients based on the type of cancer and how advanced it is. Some people require one treatment, while others receive a combination of treatments, such as surgery with chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. You may also have immunotherapy, targeted therapy or hormone therapy. For some patients, clinical trials or research studies are an option.

Elevating the Quality of Care

At the Cancer Center at Montefiore Nyack Hospital, weekly multidisciplinary cancer conferences guide treatment planning for every patient. Colleagues from radiology, pathology, surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, research and other specialty areas weigh in. Recommendations for treatment are based on the consensus opinions of this group of specialists. Treatment plans are developed based on the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) system of staging cancer, access/options for clinical trials, and evidence-based guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network—an alliance of 32 leading cancer centers. The result is a comprehensive, elevated quality of care for patients.

Our cancer patients have access to the latest, most innovative cancer treatments. There’s no need to travel to a large medical center. Everything you need to fight cancer is close to home, where you can easily be supported by friends and loved ones. Some of the cancer treatments and therapies we offer are listed below.

Treatments & Therapies

Biomarker testing: a way to look for genes, proteins and other substances (called biomarkers or tumor markers) that can provide information about cancer and help your doctor choose a cancer treatment.

High dose rate brachytherapy: the placement of a small, temporary radiation source into a cancerous area using computer-guided instruments. This technique can often replace weeks of traditional radiation therapy.

Chemotherapy: the use of powerful drugs to stop or slow cancer cell growth. Though these drugs can be given in many ways, including orally, infusion is most common. In an infusion, chemotherapy or other medication is delivered to the bloodstream through a needle in a vein on the arm or through a device known as a “port” in a vein in the chest. A team of nurses specially trained in infusion therapy and oncology staff the Infusion Center at Montefiore Nyack Hospital work with you and your physician to ensure your treatments are effective, comfortable and efficient. Learn more about the Infusion Center at Montefiore Nyack Hospital.

Hormone therapy: the use of drugs to help starve cancers that rely on hormones, such as estrogen, progesterone or testosterone, to survive and grow.

Image guided radiation therapy (IGRT): conformal radiation treatment guided by imaging, such as MVCT or X-rays, taken on the treatment table just before the patient is given the radiation treatment.

Immunotherapy: the use of a person’s own immune system to help find and attack cancer cells.

Photodynamic therapy: the use of a drug activated by light to kill cancer and other abnormal cells.

Prone breast radiation therapy: a unique approach to treating breast cancer. Advanced Radiation Oncology Services at Montefiore Nyack Hospital is among a select group of centers in New York to offer this therapy.

Prostate seed implantation: a minimally invasive procedure for treating prostate cancer in which radioactive seeds are placed in the prostate gland to target cancer cells while maximizing the preservation of healthy tissue.

Radiation oncology: a specialized method of treating cancer using high-energy radiation in the form of X-rays, gamma rays or charged particles (protons) to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells. Advanced Radiation Oncology Services (AROS) physicians at Montefiore Nyack Hospital were the first radiation oncologists in the area to implement the revolutionary TomoTherapy. Leaders in prostate seed implants, AROS physicians were the first in the nation to use stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiosurgery. They’re also highly experienced in the use of intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image guided radiation therapy (IGRT).

Senoview breast treatment: Designed at Montefiore Nyack Hospital, this treatment targets breast cancer while minimizing radiation to healthy tissue and organs.

Stem cell transplant: a procedure that restores stem cells (immature cells found in the bone marrow that can make other blood cells) in people who have had theirs destroyed by high doses of chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

Cancer surgery: a procedure in which cancer is removed from your body. Many types of cancer are treated with surgery. Surgery works best for solid tumors that are contained in one area. Board-certified surgeons at Montefiore Nyack Hospital offer patients a range of surgical treatments, from minimally invasive/laparoscopic procedures to hidden-scar surgeries for breast cancer and other complex surgical care.

3-D conformal radiation therapy: a method of treating patients who have tumors that are too close to vital organs and other structures for normal radiation therapy.

Targeted therapy: drugs that work by zeroing in on cancer cells while sparing surrounding healthy cells. This therapy stems from research that has yielded new targets within cancer cells that can be attacked with targeted therapy drugs.

Source: National Cancer Institute


Clinical Trials

At Montefiore Nyack Hospital, researchers conduct clinical trials to identify new ways to prevent, detect or treat breast cancer. They also look for ways to improve patients’ quality of life. If you participate in a clinical trial, you might receive a new treatment, and your quality of life and/or medical outcome might improve as a result. In addition, by participating in a clinical trial, you’ll help improve the care of future patients.

Learn more about clinical trials at Montefiore Nyack Hospital.


Collaborating for Complex Cancer


Most cancers can be successfully treated close to home at the Cancer Center at Montefiore Nyack Hospital. Some treatments, such as bone marrow transplant or complex liver, pancreatic or esophageal surgeries, require intervention by highly specialized physicians. For these patients, the cancer doctors at Montefiore Nyack Hospital work closely with their medical and academic colleagues at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine to coordinate any necessary referrals.


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