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When you’re facing something as serious as cancer, you want the best care available. And UHS is the region’s leading provider of oncology services, including diagnosis, surgical treatment, chemotherapy and radiation. We give patients and their families the confidence and hope they need to face the challenges of fighting cancer.

We treat more cancer patients than any other health care system in the region and are the only local provider to diagnose and treat cancer in all body systems. Each year nearly 1,000 cancer patients turn to us for diagnosis and treatment, or for treatment of cancer that was diagnosed at other facilities. We provide cancer services at UHS Wilson Medical Center, and our cancer care clinics at UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital.

Our oncology team has consultation privileges at other leading medical centers. We encourage a second opinion and we can easily refer you for an appointment. In addition to clinical expertise, we bring a high level of compassion, understanding, and respect to each patient encounter.

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Cancer Specialists

Oncologists are physicians who specialize in cancer care. Our directory of oncologists includes information on where these physicians attended medical school and completed their residency, as well as their specialties, areas of interest, board certifications, office location (including address and phone number) and website address.

What is a medical oncologist?
A medical oncologist is a physician who specializes in the treatment of cancer. Your medical oncologist will review your medical history, conduct physical exams, and order diagnostic tests to determine your exact diagnosis, including the stage of your cancer. This physician will work with you to customize your cancer treatment plan. Your medical oncologist may refer you to a surgeon, radiation oncologist or any other specialist you need. You will meet with your medical oncologist regularly throughout treatment and during recovery.

What is a radiation oncologist?
Radiation oncologists are doctors who specialize in the use of radiation therapy—high-energy rays that cause cancer tumors to shrink or be destroyed. If you need radiation therapy, your radiation oncologist will determine the precise dose and placement of the radiation you’ll receive and the schedule of your treatments. This specialist will also manage any side effects you experience.

What is a surgical oncologist?
A surgical oncologist is a surgeon who specializes in the surgical treatment of cancer and malignant diseases.

Free telephone referral service
UHS offers a free telephone referral service that provides detailed information on participating members of our medical staff such as their education, board certification, specialties, office location, hours of operation and insurance participation. Part of our Nurse Direct, the physician referral service at 607-763-5555 is available to residents of Broome, Tioga, Chenango and Delaware counties everyday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., with live transfers provided Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nurse Direct can also provide you with accurate, reliable medical information that’s free and confidential. To speak with a registered nurse at Nurse Direct, call 607-763-5555 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.

Our Cancer Care Team

The most effective way to battle cancer is with a team of expert doctors, nurses and other specially trained health care professionals. Our cancer care team members participate in tumor board sessions to review current cases and develop the best course of treatment. And our medical staff includes a caring group of experienced medical, radiation and surgical oncologists.

We’ve brought together an exceptional array of people to help you battle cancer:

  • James D. Hayes, MD, medical director of Special Medical Projects and liaison physician with the Cancer Program at UHS was selected as one of the top cancer liaison physicians in the United States by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
  • Kathleen Peranski, RN, nurse manager of the Oncology Unit at Wilson Medical Center was recognized by the Oncology Nursing Society as an expert in cancer nursing management.
  • Ruth Manzer, RN, OCN, is the area’s only cancer care nurse coordinator. If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, Ruth will help you understand your diagnosis and treatment options, decipher confusing medical tests, help you determine what questions to ask specialists and when to ask them, guide you to available resources in your community and support you and your family throughout your cancer treatment.
  • Our surgeons have expertise dealing with the most common forms of cancer and can perform all but the most unusual cancer surgeries. Our thoracic surgery and neurosurgery specialists are among the best in the state.
  • More than 40 percent of our eligible nurses have nursing oncology certification, proving they meet or exceed national standards of care.
  • Our oncology nurses are certified in chemotherapy and serve as a valuable resource on the latest clinical information.
  • All of our nurses participate in continuing education on the latest developments in cancer treatment. Professionals from other institutions often look to us for information about cancer care.
  • We host area nurses and nursing students for an annual Oncology Nurse Teaching Day featuring national speakers.

Education and Community

At UHS, we take the fight against cancer very seriously. Along with our expertise at diagnosing and treating the disease, we work hard every day to provide health screenings and educational programs to prevent cancer. We also offer a wide range of support programs for patients and families who are battling cancer. Some of these are described below. To find out more, visit our calendar of events.

  • We hold free Tea With Ruth discussion sessions for cancer patients every month at our Stay Healthy Center in Oakdale Mall. The sessions bring cancer patients together with our cancer care nurse coordinator, Ruth Manzer, to explore meaningful issues and talk about cancer-related topics.
  • Breast cancer survivor and employee Karen Bayer, RN, runs a monthly breast cancer support group at our Stay Healthy Center in Oakdale Mall.
  • We employ the area’s only oncology social worker dedicated to the care of cancer patients.
  • When patients are faced with terminal illness, we offer advice and support through our Transitional Life Care Team that includes a physician, an oncology social worker and pastoral care.
  • Through Pearls of Wisdom, every woman who comes to our Breast Center receives a beautiful, single freshwater-pearl necklace on her first visit. For each subsequent mammogram, she receives another pearl for her necklace. This encourages women to get annual mammograms and pass a pearl heirloom along to a loved one.
  • In conjunction with the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program, we help coordinate free rides for our patients to and from treatment sessions. Our employees even volunteer time on their days off to help patients who otherwise would have difficulty getting to their medical appointments.
  • Our employees participate in many cancer-awareness and fundraising events each year. We frequently sponsor these events throughout the community.  

View all Cancer Support Group Times and Dates

National Recognition

We are proud that our Cancer Program at UHS Wilson Medical Center received the accreditation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The award is given only to facilities that voluntarily commit to providing the highest quality of cancer care. It confirms that our patients have access to comprehensive care, state-of-the-art technology and a multispecialty team to coordinate the best treatment options.

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