• Cancer Services Program of the Central Region

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    The Cancer Services Program of the Central Region offers breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screenings for uninsured and underinsured men and women.

    There are no income guidelines to be eligible for screenings through this program. Our program primarily focuses on women between the ages of 40-64 and men between the ages of 50-64.However, if you are not in that age bracket and have a family history or signs of our covered cancers, please give us a call.

    We also provide enrollment to the Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program, an insurance program for both men and women diagnosed with breast, cervical, colorectal, or prostate cancer.

    The Mobile Screening Coach

    The Bassett Cancer Institute’s custom mobile cancer screening coach is equipped with a full access patient exam room and offers the same high-tech digital mammography available at Bassett Medical Center, close to home. The RV-type medical coach and our fully-trained staff travel to community locations throughout Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Madison, Herkimer and Oneida Counties providing mammography and other cancer screenings for men and women.

    Images are read by a radiologist at Bassett Medical Center within 24 hours. The mobile coach is linked to your health center via UNITY, Bassett’s electronic medical record system. This allows your primary care practitioner fast access to your results and assures coordinated, comprehensive care.

    In addition, the coach’s self-contained technology and exam room enables staff to perform additional types of cancer screenings, including cervical cancer screenings, Pap tests, and colorectal cancer screenings.

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    If a lack of health insurance or insurance with prohibitive co-pays is stopping you, or someone you know, please call us at 1-888-345-0225 to schedule your appointment.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the Cancer Services Program?

    The Cancer Services Program (CSP) provides breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings and diagnostic services at NO COST to women and men who:

    • Live in New York State
    • Do not have health insurance
    • Have health insurance with a cost share that may prevent a person from obtaining screening and/or diagnostic services
    • Meet income eligibility requirements
    • Meet age requirements

    What cancer screening services does the CSP offer?

    • Breast Cancer Screening (Mammogram and Clinical Breast Exam)
      • Women ages 40 and older (some programs serve women ages 50 and older only)
      • Women under age 40 at high risk for breast cancer*
    • Cervical Cancer Screening (Pap Test, high-risk HPV test and Pelvic Exam)
      • Women ages 40 and older
    • Colorectal Cancer Screening (Fecal Occult Blood Test/Fecal Immunochemical Test Kit)
      • Men and women ages 50 and older at average risk for colorectal cancer
    • Colorectal Cancer Screening (Colonoscopy)
      • Men and women at increased or high risk for colorectal cancer*

    *Only as determined by a New York State-licensed health care provider per program guidelines.

    Where are these screening services provided?

    Services are provided in local clinics, health centers, doctors' offices and hospitals in every county and borough in New York State by health care providers who participate in the CSP.

    Why should I be screened for cancer?

    Early cancer detection saves lives!

    Screening tests can prevent cervical and colorectal cancers by finding abnormal cells before they become cancer so that they can be removed. Screening tests for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers also find these cancers early, when treatment is most successful.

    What if they find something or I need treatment after the screening?

    • If the screening test finds something abnormal, diagnostic (testing) services are available through the CSP for eligible women and men at no cost. The CSP will also provide a case manager who will guide you through your follow-up diagnostic appointment.
    • If breast, cervical or colorectal cancer is found, eligible women and men may be able to enroll in the NYS Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program to receive full Medicaid coverage for the entire time they are being treated for cancer.
    • Men diagnosed with prostate cancer by a CSP health care provider may be able to enroll in the NYS Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program (the CSP does not pay for prostate cancer screening or diagnostic services).

    Who do I call to be connected to a CSP program in my area?

    To find the CSP nearest you providing breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening, diagnostic services and referral to treatment and support, call 1-866-442-CANCER (2262). The call is free and operators are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to connect you to a Cancer Services Program near you. Hablamos español. Translation services for other languages are available as well.

    Or, visit our Community Programs List to find your local CSP by county or borough and call directly.

    What if I have health insurance?

    Most health insurance plans, including Medicaid and the plans participating in the New York State of Health, cover breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings at no cost to the patient.

    To learn more about the New York State of Health and Medicaid, visit these websites: