• Cancer Institute

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    A cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event filled with stress and anxiety. The Bassett Cancer Institute understands the challenges you and your family face, and we’re here to help. Every day, patients turn to us to find answers to difficult problems and guidance in the face of uncertainty.

    The Bassett Cancer Institute offers a nationally accredited, multidisciplinary team approach to cancer care. Since nearly all forms of cancer call for more than one type of treatment, Bassett’s medical, radiation and surgical oncologists work together to focus on the needs of individual patients.

    Deciding where to receive treatment and follow-up care following a cancer diagnosis is an important decision. Treatment at Bassett occurs in a multi-disciplinary, academic setting with the same cutting-edge treatment options available in larger markets including:da Vinci robotic surgery, linear accelerator radiosurgery, clinical trials,and chemotherapy treatment that follows the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines. Bassett's Cancer Program has been continuously accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer since 1947, one of the longest, continuous accreditations in the nation, and our registered nurses in the Bassett Cancer Institute are oncology certified.

    Cancer services are provided in Cooperstown, Oneonta, Sidney, Cobleskill and Herkimer, making it possible for patients to receive care close to their homes.

     

    The treatment of cancer patients requires a multidisciplinary team approach, since nearly all forms of cancer call for more than one type of therapy. Important aspects of the Bassett Cancer Institute:

    • A weekly multidisciplinary Tumor Board provides a forum for physicians to present and discuss particularly complex or educationally informative cases with their colleagues. This tumor board encourages input from colleagues so that very difficult treatment decisions can be reached in a timely, efficient manner. This is also an educational forum for staff members involved in caring for cancer patients, assuring that all caregivers are kept up-to-date with the latest advances in diagnosis and treatment.
    • Bassett’s Cancer Program has been continuously accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer since 1947. In addition to sponsoring the multidisciplinary Tumor Board, the Cancer Program provides evaluation of and improvement in the quality of care and assures that the multidisciplinary approach is utilized.

    Click here to view the American College of Surgeons Cancer Program Practice Profile Reports (CP3R) for Lung Cancer. Bassett Healthcare Network 2012-2015

    • The Cancer Registry collects data on all cancer patients diagnosed and treated at Bassett and provides feedback to the physicians regarding the quality of the care delivered to our cancer patients. It also serves as a confidential database for physicians wishing to study the diagnosis and treatment of cancer at this institution. Even more importantly, the Cancer Registry assures that all cancer patients receive adequate follow-up for the rest of their lives.