Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® – Buffalo Hospital
After the first shock of a cancer diagnosis, you may think you’ll travel far and wide to get the best treatment. The truth is, there are proven treatments that produce the best outcomes and they are now available right here in Buffalo.
To provide high-quality care locally for cancer patients, Buffalo Hospital has assembled a team that includes:
– a medical oncologist
– a surgeon
– a genetic counselor
– a pathologist
– specially trained staff.
“We collaborate with the award winning Virginia Piper Cancer Institute®– Abbott Northwestern Hospital and other Allina Health cancer specialists to bring expertise and experience, but deliver as much care as possible locally in Buffalo,” said Nicole Hartung, MD, medical oncologist, Allina Medical Clinic – Buffalo.
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network records details about cancer cases and tracks the treatment “pathways” that produce the best results. “We follow the same evidence-based ‘pathways’ used by major cancer centers around the country,” said Hartung.
After surgical treatments, Hartung works with patients to manage cancer and prevent recurrence with medicines, including chemotherapy.
Fighting cancer can seem overwhelming at times. At Buffalo Hospital, a nurse “care navigator” guides you through the treatment process, making appointments for you, answering questions, monitoring follow-up, offering support groups and suggestions for postmastectomy products in the case of breast cancer, and even attending appointments with you if you need it.
Also, a certified genetic counselor is available to help patients and their families assess their risk for cancer.
We also have specialty services like physical and occupational therapy, lymphedema therapy, adaptive devices, pain management alternatives and nutritional support.
Biopsies and surgical treatment for breast cancer
It’s hard to wait for test results when you might have cancer. If mammograms indicate a potential cancer, patients are always offered a same-day needle biopsy, with no waiting, at Buffalo Hospital.
If surgery is required, cancer surgeries can be done at Buffalo Hospital. “With pathology on-site we can do most breast surgeries, including sentinel node, in the same up-to-date manner as major cancer centers,” said Corinne Jordan, MD, Specialists in General Surgery, surgeon at Buffalo Hospital and medical advisor at Virginia Piper Cancer Institute.
Community Cancer Care Fund
If a cancer diagnosis has put a financial burden on you and your family, help is available through the Community Cancer Care Fund.