August 29, 2014

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Our Multidisciplinary Team Approach

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  1. Radiation Oncologists
  2. Medical Physicists
  3. Dosimetrists
  4. Radiation Oncology Therapists
  5. Radiation Oncology Nurses
  6. Financial Representative
  7. Scheduler
  8. Cancer Registry
  9. Case Management
  10. Clinical Research
  11. Genetic Counseling
  12. Nutrition - The Oncology Registered Dietitian
  13. Speech-Language Pathology
  14. Head & Neck Institute
  15. Thoracic Institute 

 

Radiation Oncologists

Radiation Oncologists are physicians who design a radiation treatment plan specifically to treat your cancer and monitor your progress throughout treatment. Radiation Oncology physicians work with a multi-disciplinary team to coordinate your treatment and verify that it is given accurately and appropriately.

All of our physicians are board certified by the American Board of Radiology.

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Medical Physicists

Medical physicists are certified by the American Board of Radiology or the American Board of Medical Physics and licensed by New York State. Medical physicists work directly with the Radiation Oncology physicians to ensure complex treatment plans are carefully calculated for each patient. Medical physicists monitor treatment equipment and procedures to ensure patient safety.  They also collaborate with dosimetrists in treatment planning and delivery.

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Dosimetrists

Dosimetrists are certified by the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board. Dosimetrists work with the radiation oncology physician and the medical physicist to develop the treatment plan specifically tailored to you. Using specialized computers, dosimetrists determine the appropriate dose of radiation that best destroys the tumor while sparing normal tissue.

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Radiation Oncology Therapists

Radiation therapists are specially trained in the delivery of radiation. They are licensed by the New York State Department of Health and certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Radiation therapists deliver your daily treatment and makes sure that the radiation you receive is given exactly as the doctor prescribed it. They ensure that your treatments are delivered with pinpoint accuracy and ensure your comfort and well-being throughout your course of treatment.

You will see the radiation therapist(s) on a daily basis. Feel free to share any thoughts or concerns during your treatment. They can refer you to the appropriate support services, if needed. They also keep your daily records and check the treatment machines to make sure they are working properly. Your therapist will position you correctly, explain to you exactly what is going to happen and then deliver your treatment. You will get to know your therapist well since you will be seeing each other every day of your treatment.

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Radiation Oncology Nurses

Radiation oncology nurses are licensed by the New York State Department of Education and certified by the Oncology Nursing Society. All registered nurses in radiation therapy are trained in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS). They work with radiation oncology physicians and radiation therapists to support you and your family at the time of consultation, while you are receiving treatment and during your follow-up care. They help explain the possible side effects you may experience and describe how to manage them. They assess how you are doing throughout treatment and help you cope with the changes you may experience. They also provide support and counseling to you and your family.

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Financial Representative - Phone (845) 431-5645

The financial representative collects, verifies and submits all insurance carrier information that you provide. Their goal is to minimize any financial anxiety and remain available to you for assistance with any future questions or concerns during your course of radiation therapy. If financial concerns are immediately identified, your financial representative will work with you to provide alternatives and support. The financial rep will be able to discuss co-payments, self-pay, and payment plans.

When it comes to providing healthcare, Vassar Brothers Medical Center's goals are:

  • To treat all patients equitably and with dignity, respect and compassion
  • To serve the emergency healthcare needs of everyone, regardless of a patient's ability to pay for care
  • To assist patients who cannot pay for all or part of the care they receive.

Due to high health insurance costs, many individuals and families in our community have either inadequate health insurance or no health insurance. We believe that fear of a hospital bill, or one's ability to pay it, should never get in the way of your receiving essential health services. To that end, we are committed to:

  • Providing the same level of quality healthcare to each patient, including patients who are not able to pay for such care
  • Removing financial roadblocks to health care that exist for many patients and families in our community
  • Maintaining respect and compassion for patients and families
  • Providing accurate information to patients and representatives about our financial aid policies in a timely and consistent manner
  • Helping patients and their representatives learn about and gain access to government health insurance programs.

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Scheduling Coordinator - Phone (845) 483-6226

The patient scheduler coordinates your initial visit, as well as, any additional radiation oncology appointments. The scheduling coordinator works with you to arrange appointments with minimal inconvenience. If you need to change any of your appointments, contact the scheduling coordinator.

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Cancer Registry - Phone (845) 483-6332

The Cancer Registry at Vassar Brothers Medical Center maintains data on all patients diagnosed and/or treated for cancer at this facility, as well as our satellite facilities in Fishkill and Kingston, NY (FROC and UROC). All cases are reported to the NYS Department of Health Cancer Registry as required by state and federal law.

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Case Management - Support Services - Phone (845) 483-6470

Case managers (social workers/nurses) provide a variety of supportive services to you and your family. Case managers can direct you to available community programs and support groups as appropriate. As an integral part of the team, they can provide:

  • Counseling
  • Arrange home healthcare
  • Financial assistance
  • Transportation
  • Other supportive services

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Clinical Research - Phone (845) 483-6825

Health Quest's Office of Research and Analytics provides access to the latest collaborative national protocols. The Office maintains membership in the Clinical Trials Support Unit (CTSU) of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG) that fosters enrollment of patients into national cancer trials. In collaboration with area physicians, access to pharmaceutical sponsored trials is also available.

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Genetic Counseling - Phone (845) 483-6641

Genetic counseling and testing is available to assess a person's risk for developing several types of cancer. For current cancer patients, genetic testing may provide information used in determining the best treatment and future management options. Genetic testing can also provide useful information for family members.  

After reviewing your medical and family history, it may also be determined that you are available for a research study looking for additional genes involved in hereditary cancers such as genes for lung cancer and prostate cancer.

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Nutrition-The Oncology Registered Dietitian (RD) - Phone (845) 437-3026

The Oncology Registered Dietitian (RD) provides expertise in food and nutrition and can give recommendations to help maximize nutritional status before, during and after cancer treatment. The RD is dedicated to empowering patients by providing reliable nutrition information to develop a healthy lifestyle and help pave the way for a long, happy, and nutritious life.

In utilizing Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) for the cancer patient, the RD monitors body weight, assists with managing eating problems during treatment, discusses herbs, vitamins and minerals, manages tube feedings and addresses any other nutrition related issues the patient would like to discuss.

Adequate nutrition can help ensure maintenance of strength and energy and help promote healing.  Eating a healthful diet may even help to withstand the side effects of treatment.

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Speech-Language Pathologist - Phone (845) 483-6381

Speech-Language Pathologist: is a specialist who evaluates and treats communication and swallowing disorders. Speech-Language Pathologists have a Masters or Doctorate in their specialty, as well as, a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) earned working under supervision. Our Speech-Language Pathologists are licensed by the State of New York.

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Head and Neck Institute - Phone (845) 483-6861

The Head and Neck Institute at Vassar Brothers Medical Center provides comprehensive care for patients with benign and malignant disorders of the head and neck.  Our goal is state-of-the-art care in a caring environment. Patient care is coordinated by a team of physicians representing multiple specialties, supported by; dedicated nurses, speech & swallowing specialists, dietitians, and therapists.

The emphasis of the Institute is personalized, integrated multidisciplinary care. A patient's treatment plan is discussed in advance in our multidisciplinary Head and Neck Conference.  Specific recommendations are then discussed privately and individually with patients and their families, and patients are given access to a variety of educational resources relating to their illness.  This combination of individual attention and self-education allows patients to make knowledgeable and informed choices regarding their care. 

Support Groups at the Head & Neck Institute:

  • Smoking Cessation
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Laryngectomy

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Thoracic Oncology Institute - Phone (845) 483-6861

You don't have to travel to New York City to find one of New York's most accomplished thoracic oncology teams. They're right here-under one roof-at the new Thoracic Oncology Institute at The Dyson Center for Cancer Care at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Our expert multidisciplinary staff collaborates with patients and their families at all levels, from smoking cessation classes and social support groups to treatment of lung cancer and other serious diagnoses. 

With a single call to one of our specialists in triage, we will handle all the administrative details of your visit promptly so that you can focus on the more important things, getting better. Our accomplished team, including top surgeons, radiation oncologists, pulmonologists, medical oncologists, pathologists, and imaging specialists, will analyze and assess your needs in any of the following areas: 

  Lung Cancer Surgery

  Video Assisted Surgery

  Esophageal Surgery

  Radiation

  Minimally Invasive Surgery

  Chemotherapy

  Early Cancer Detection

 

Get the confidence and peace of mind you deserve. For a first or second opinion, access to clinical trials and a true collaboration with your referring physician/provider during treatment and follow-up, please contact us today @ telephone number above.

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