Award Winning Cancer Care
Each battle against cancer is fought on many fronts, both medical and spiritual. At Cayuga Medical Center, we meet the needs of cancer patients and their families with an interdisciplinary team of professionals who deliver services from diagnosis through treatment, to discharge and follow-up at home. Our treatment facilities and technology provide the optimal environment for cancer patients and their treatment team to work together toward the common goal of healing.
Our cancer specialists treat cancers of the breast, lung, digestive tract, colon and rectum, skin, prostate, genitals and urinary tract, pancreas, head and neck, bone, muscle, lymph nodes (lymphoma), and blood (leukemia).
The Cancer Committee at Cayuga Medical Center is multidisciplinary. It includes administration, partner organizations and a community representative. Its members are responsible for planning and initiating all cancer-care activities at the medical center, and for ensuring that all program components are functioning in accordance with the highest standards of practice. Membership includes specialists in surgery, radiology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, quality assessment, social work, hospice, oncology nursing, and cancer data and analysis.
Commission on Cancer
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through setting standards, cancer prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. Care at a hospital with approval by the Commission on Cancer gives patients and their families peace of mind.
Cayuga Cancer Center has maintained continuous approval status from the Commission on Cancer since 1985. We have received certification with commendation from the Commission on Cancer as a Comprehensive Community Hospital Cancer Program. In 2012 we received the Outstanding Achievement Award, one of only seventy-nine health-care facilities in the United States to receive this national recognition. This award acknowledges cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing the highest quality of care to cancer patients. This is important to local cancer patients because it recognizes a level of care that exceeds established baseline standards of care and places Cayuga Medical Center among benchmark hospitals.
Our certified cancer care program includes:
- State-of-the-art technology, modern facilities, and experienced medical specialists to diagnose and treat cancer, using the latest, most effective therapies
- A multidisciplinary, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options for your specific cancer
- Access to cancer-related information and education
- Psychosocial support and palliative care services to manage symptoms
- A cancer registry for the collection of data on types and stages of cancer and treatment results, with patient follow-up
- Ongoing monitoring and improvement of cancer care
- Information about new treatment options and clinical trials
- Education and support for cancer survivors
- Community cancer screening, prevention education, and technology for early detection.
For more information on the Commission on Cancer, click here.
At Cayuga Cancer Center, the Cancer Conference meets weekly. During these meetings, current cases are presented with a multidisciplinary discussion involving the cancer teams at Cayuga Medical Center. This ongoing patient-oriented conference provides the best possible medical consultation for patient care, an educational opportunity for caregivers, and follow-up on previously presented cases.
The Cancer Registry is a highly confidential national system required by New York State for monitoring all cancer patients diagnosed or treated at Schuyler Hospital or Cayuga Medical Center. With the registry data bank, our cancer care specialists can follow patients and analyze the long-term results of treatment. Moreover, by sharing information on a national basis, we can help advance clinical and health services research, assess the efficacy of screening and prevention, and determine cancer patterns in various populations.
Cancer Annual Report
Opening a new oncology office in Cortland, improving patient care, and expanding community programs for the early detection of lung cancer were among the key accomplishments in 2016 for the Cayuga Cancer Center at Cayuga Medical Center. These achievements continued to enhance the high-quality cancer care that patients in Tompkins and surrounding counties have been receiving for more than 30 years.