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Cancer Care

Commission on Cancer Accredited Program | A quality program of the american college of surgeons

When the diagnosis is cancer, the specialists at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital take a comprehensive approach to tackling this disease. Our care team addresses all of the ways cancer may affect you and your family. We offer the most advanced treatments and support services for every type and stage of cancer, at every step in your journey, in a warm, understanding environment. Our goal is to enable our patients to maintain lifestyles as close as possible to those that existed before the diagnosis. At our cancer center—a collaboration with Weill Cornell Medicine, our academic partner—you can receive the most advanced, personalized cancer care closer to where you live, work, and enjoy time with your family.

A Team of Cancer Experts

Whether your treatment includes only surgery or a more extensive combination of therapies—such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and immunotherapy—you can receive all the care you need in one medical center. You have access to cancer doctors such as surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, and radiologists. They collaborate with oncology nurses and nurse practitioners, radiation technologists, social workers, palliative care specialists, registered dietitians, physical and occupational therapists, genetic counselors, chaplains, and others with the compassion, skills, and experience to care for people with cancer, as well as their families. Our cancer specialists are also part of the Tumor Boards at Weill Cornell Medicine, which combines the expertise of multiple clinicians to discuss the best care for each patient. Our high-quality care has not gone unnoticed: NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital is one of the few hospitals in Brooklyn to be accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons

Care with Cultural Sensitivity

Brooklyn is a wonderful melting pot of cultures, ethnicities, religions, and economic backgrounds. Our cancer specialists understand how someone's background and lifestyle may influence their response to cancer and preferences for treatment. Working together, they customize a plan of care that meets your needs and considers your personal preferences, while optimizing your chance of successful treatment. We are also dedicated to providing the highest level of cancer care to people from all walks of life—including minorities, medically underserved individuals, and those for whom English is not their first language. We provide multilingual services and are attentive to the cultural differences that may influence your choice of care.

Minimally Invasive Cancer Surgery

Many cancer surgeries today can be performed using a minimally invasive approach.  The cancer surgeons at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist use minimally invasive surgical approaches whenever possible, operating through small incisions and resulting in less blood loss, a shorter hospital stay, and less discomfort after surgery than traditional open surgery. You'll also be able to recover more quickly and resume your normal activities sooner. Our hospital has two new surgical robots that employ the latest technologies, enabling surgeons to operate with a better view of the surgical area and more dexterity than ever before. We are especially experienced in the use of robotic surgery to treat prostate, kidney, bladder, gynecologic, lung, esophageal, and hepatobiliary (liver/pancreatic) cancers.

A Precision Medicine Approach to Cancer

Cancer treatment is increasingly driven by identification of the molecules driving tumor growth, and many targeted therapies for a wide variety of cancers have been developed as a result of advances in molecular biology. We analyze your cancer to see if we can match you with treatments that target the molecules fueling its growth. Our investigators are also exploring "tumor markers"—proteins which may explain why patients with the same cancer respond differently to treatment. Indeed, the diversity of our patient population earned us a Precision Medicine SPORE grant from the National Institutes of Health to study molecular factors that may yield insights into ethnic and cultural disparities in cancer. The knowledge gained from this research has the potential to benefit patients everywhere—not just in Brooklyn.

The Latest Chemotherapies

Chemotherapy is a mainstay of cancer treatment. At NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn, we administer most infusion chemotherapies on an outpatient basis in our spacious, modern, and easily accessible infusion center, located at 343 Fourth Avenue at Fifth Street in Brooklyn. Our highly trained board-certified oncologists, oncology-certified nurses, and pharmacists oversee your care and ensure your comfort during your visit. The beautifully designed, natural-lit Ambulatory Infusion Center features private stations with TVs and wireless Internet access; a comfortable lounge for family members; a patient education center; a kitchen stocked with juices, sandwiches, and other snacks for patients; and wheelchair accessibility. There is also a dedicated oncology unit in the hospital for patients who need inpatient chemotherapy.

Harnessing the Power of the Immune System

Immunotherapy has revolutionized the treatment of cancer. A variety of immunotherapies are available that boost the power of the immune system to find and destroy cancer cells. These treatments are now part of standard care for some patients with cancers such as melanoma, lymphoma, and tumors of the lung, head/neck, colon/rectum, and kidney. Our medical oncologists are experienced in the administration of these treatments, which we give in our Ambulatory Infusion Center. 

State-of-the-Art Radiation Therapy

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist is home to the most comprehensive radiation therapy program in Brooklyn. Our center features all of the latest technologies to deliver radiation customized to the shape and contours of each patient's tumor with extraordinary precision, with less exposure of nearby healthy tissues to the damaging effects of radiation. From external beam radiation therapy to brachytherapy (the implantation of radiation sources in or near a tumor) and pinpoint stereotactic radiosurgery, our team of highly trained radiation oncologists, physicists, technologists, and oncology nurses offers patients a full range of radiation therapy procedures with convenience, comfort, and compassion. 

Access to Clinical Trials

The therapies used to treat cancer today were made possible by the participation of patients in clinical trials assessing their safety and effectiveness. At NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist, you may have the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial of a promising new treatment. 

  • Clinical trials at all stages of development. We offer clinical trials at every stage of development, from early-stage Phase I studies (the first time a new treatment is used in patients) to Phase III clinical trials (which compare a new therapy to an established treatment in a large group of patients). 
     
  • Powerful alliances. Our hospital is the only site in Brooklyn for the NRG Oncology Group, which brings together the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project, the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, and the Gynecologic Oncology Group—each recognized internationally as a leader in cancer research. Through our relationship with Weill Cornell Medicine, we are a member of the academically prestigious Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology and will have access to cutting-edge therapies through Phase II studies. 
     
  • A treasure trove of data. Our investigators also study thousands of patient records that have been preserved in our Cancer Registry for decades to identify predictors of response to therapy. 

Supporting You Through Treatment and Beyond

Our cancer care goes beyond the surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or other treatments that you may need. Our nutritionists, social workers, psychologists, rehabilitation therapists, palliative care experts, pastoral care department, and others help you and your loved ones address the effects of cancer and its treatment—physical, emotional, and spiritual. We understand the burden cancer can place on your life and the lives of your loved ones, and we do whatever we can to lessen that burden. When your treatment is complete, we'll put together a survivorship plan to guide your future health care and to put you on the path to recovery and wellness.

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