By Susan Miele
June 27, 2018: Nearly eighteen months ago, NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital’s Cancer Center opened its doors for the first time in Bronxville.
The hospital’s affiliation with NewYork-Presbyterian and the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (HICCC) ensures access to services not previously available locally. With cutting-edge technology, a multidisciplinary team-based approach to care, a strong academic partner, and a host of ancillary services, the NYP Lawrence Hospital Cancer Center now provides Bronxville-area residents high-quality cancer care in their own backyard.
The NYP Lawrence Cancer Center is in many ways an extension of HICCC at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC). It boasts a cadre of top-rated physicians, many of whom are Columbia University Medical Center faculty, and utilizes the latest immunotherapies and chemotherapies, surgery, and radiation treatment in an environment dedicated to patient comfort and safety.
“We have developed a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to cancer care,” says Nancy E. Mills, MD, FACP, Medical Oncologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at CUIMC, and Director of Cancer Survivorship at NYP Lawrence Cancer Center. “Through our team approach, we provide expert cancer care from screening and diagnosis to surgery, treatment, genetics, psychosocial support, pain management, and survivorship.”
At the NYP Lawrence Cancer Center, patients have access to providers that sub-specialize in specific cancer types, such as breast and lung cancer, with multidisciplinary disease-management teams to address a patient’s physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial needs.
“Along with our Cancer Center’s faculty and comprehensive support services, one standard of care is offered at NYP Lawrence and throughout the NYP/CUIMC healthcare system,” says Stephanie Smith-Marrone, MD, Medical Oncologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at CUIMC, and Director of the Thoracic Disease Management Team and Clinical Trials at NYP Lawrence Cancer Center.
Patients also have full access to clinical trials offered at HICCC, allowing the potential to participate in investigational diagnostic techniques and treatments, as well as quality-of-life studies.
The HICCC is one of only 45 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States, of which only three are in New York State. Many of the physicians who practice at the NYP Lawrence Cancer Center are HICCC members and have specialized expertise in specific disease-site cancer treatment and management.
Since opening in November 2016, the NYP Lawrence Hospital Cancer Center has received several national recognitions, including continued accreditation with commendation from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. More recently, the Center was designated to be a Lung Cancer Screening Center of Excellence from the Lung Cancer Alliance, as well as selection as a Lung Cancer Center of Excellence from the Bonnie Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, the first program in the Northeast with this designation. Additionally, NYP Lawrence Hospital continues to be an accredited member in good standing of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and recently received full accreditation in radiation oncology from the American College of Radiology. The Hospital’s Carol H. Taylor Breast Health Center was also named one of America’s Best Breast Centers in 2018 by the Women’s Choice Award® .
The clinical team at NYP Lawrence Hospital Cancer Center has expertise in treating both solid tumors and hematologic malignancies, and offers subspecialized services in medical oncology, surgical oncology, and radiation oncology. For certain highly complex treatments (e.g. bone marrow transplantation) requiring specialized procedures only available at a tertiary center, care can be facilitated at NYP/CUIMC.
As a comprehensive community cancer center, the NYP Lawrence Hospital Cancer Center provides ancillary services such as patient navigation, social work, spiritual and nutrition services, physical therapy, and genetic counseling. There are on-site support groups led by clinical social workers from Gilda’s Club Westchester, pain management, and palliative care. These workshops and support groups are open to all members of the community. Here is a link to their events calendar.
The number of cancer survivors is growing dramatically thanks to advances in cancer detection and treatment. The Cancer Survivorship Program at the Cancer Center emphasizes a collaborative, integrated approach. In addition to a detailed, personalized Survivorship Care Plan given to each patient and shared with the patient’s other providers to facilitate coordination of care, there is a survivorship clinic to address any long-term effects of their cancer treatments and guide patients back to wellness.
With the NYP Lawrence Hospital Cancer Center team, patients can receive the benefits of personalized care in their own community setting, near home and family, with the support and expertise of a major academic medical center.
For further information:
NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital Cancer Center
55 Palmer Avenue
Bronxville, NY 10708
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