Upstate brings its radiation oncology services to Oneida

Published Feb 23, 2018 at 12:00pm

ONEIDA — A nine-ton, multimillion dollar piece of cancer-fighting technology is the centerpiece of the Upstate Radiation Oncology at Oneida office, which opened last month at 605 Seneca St. 

Upstate Radiation Oncology at Oneida is the first center in the region to offer the TrueBeam Radiotherapy System. It’s the exact same technology that is available at the Upstate Cancer Center in Syracuse. Now that it’s being offered in Oneida, patients do not have to travel to Syracuse for the treatment. 

The TrueBeam system provides high-precision radiotherapy treatment including image-guided radiotherapy, intensity-modulate radiotherapy, advanced treatment of moving tumors and sterotactic radiosurgery.

TrueBeam can be used for many types of tumors, including ones that are hard to reach surgically. TrueBeam is particularly well suited for treating tumors that move such as lung, liver and pancreas cancer, as well as cancers in critical locations such as prostate cancer, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, gynecologic cancer and brain tumors.

Once the tumor is identified through integrated image guidance, the system’s precise delivery of radiation is achieved through several beams at different angles and intensities—all directed at the tumor. This means that radiation is concentrated on the tumor and less so on surrounding healthy cells and tissues. The customized treatment provides hope for greater cure rates and fewer side effects.

The system stands 9 feet tall and 15 feet long, weighing nearly 9 tons with all its components.

Physicians from the Upstate Cancer Center also see patients at Upstate Radiation Oncology at Oneida. They are Jeffrey Bogart, Paul D. Aridgides, Seung Shin Hahn, Michael A. Lacombe, Anna Shapiroand , Michael Mix.

The Upstate Radiation Oncology at Oneida is located next door to Upstate Cancer Center at Oneida, at 603 Seneca St., which has provided multi-disciplinary comprehensive cancer care to the Oneida community since 1992. The office provides five days a week of consultative and infusion services for patients. The office staff includes five fellowship trained, board certified hematology/oncology physicians; two nurse practitioners; a physician assistant; and support staff. The Upstate Cancer Center at Oneida celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2017.

Health care providers at Upstate Cancer Center at Oneida include: Eleanor H. Abel, physician’s assistant; Drs. Sam Benjamin, Teresa C. Gentile, Stephen L. Graziano, Mijung Lee and Muhammad Raza Navqvi; Karen Litwak, registered nurse; and Angela K. Taylor, nurse practitioner.

Both Oneida offices are extensions of the Upstate Cancer Center in Syracuse, which recently joined the American Association of Cancer Institutes. The organization comprises nearly 100 leading cancer centers in North America.

The Upstate Cancer Center, part of the SUNY Upstate Medical University, features an
interdisciplinary cancer team that includes 90 board-certified physicians, all of whom are professors at the university’s
College of Medicine.

Upstate’s multidisciplinary programs include breast cancer, gynecology oncology, head and neck, liver, gallbladder and pancreatic cancer, neuro oncology, prostate cancer, thyroid cancer, and thoracic oncology.