• Bassett’s Cancer Services Screening Program Receives State Grant

    Bassett Healthcare Network

    September 25, 2018

    Bassett’s Cancer Services Program (CSP), which has been offering cancer screening services to uninsured and underinsured women and men since 2007, has received a $1.62 million grant from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to enlarge the program. Until recently, Bassett’s CSP offered screening exams in Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties; the state grant will enable the program to expand to Herkimer, Madison and Oneida counties.

    “This grant will enhance our ability to provide cancer screening opportunities to thousands of additional men and women in rural areas,” says Chris Conkling, manager, Bassett Cancer Institute and Community Outreach. “Prevention and screening is so important when it comes to cancer, and it’s optimal to detect cancers as early as possible, when they are more treatable and there is a better chance of survival.”   

    The newly-named Cancer Services Program of the Central Region will continue to offer cancer screening tests, including mammograms, clinical breast exams, Pap tests and pelvic exams, and take-home colorectal screening kits. The program primarily focuses on women between the ages of 40-64 and men 50-64. The CSP also helps provide enrollment to the Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program, an insurance program for individuals diagnosed with breast, cervical, colorectal or prostate cancer. People with high copays or high deductibles can also take advantage of the program; the person’s insurance will be billed for services and whatever the insurance plan will not cover will be paid by the program.

    Ways to get cancer screenings through the program:

    - Bassett’s new RV-type medical mobile coach equipped with digital technology and screening equipment regularly travels to rural areas to provide convenient screenings.

    - Bassett has nearly 70 partnerships and contracts with non-Bassett health care providers where people can obtain screenings.

    - Patients can visit Bassett primary care centers where they regularly go for care and receive services.

    The six counties served by the Cancer Services Program of the Central Region carry a higher cancer burden than New York State overall, and barriers to getting cancer screenings include transportation, distance to care, access to care and shortages of health care professionals. Poverty and literacy levels often correlate to limited or no knowledge about cancer screenings.

    More than 12,000 people have been screened by Bassett’s CSP to date; 1,019 required medical follow-up, and 75 people were diagnosed with cancer and received treatment.

    For more information or for an appointment, call 1-888-345-0225.