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Destination cancer care, right in your neighborhood.
If you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, your world can be turned upside down. The Dyson Center for Cancer Care, the Dyson Breast Center and Health Quest Medical Practice, P.C. – all part of the Health Quest family – provide a comprehensive cancer care team, right in your neighborhood.
The cancer care program encompasses advanced diagnostic imaging, sophisticated radiation treatment technologies and specialized surgical oncology teams. Our growing team of medical oncologists brings a new and innovative approach to cancer care in the Mid-Hudson Valley.
Our care teams take a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach, combined with evidence-based medicine. We meet regularly to discuss cases and address all aspects of a patient's diagnosis and treatment plan. Our team of certified nurse navigators helps patients and families through the complex world of cancer treatment to make your experience as seamless as possible.
The team includes:
- Medical oncologists
- Specialized surgical oncologists (including hepatobiliary/pancreatic, thoracic, breast and gastrointestinal cancer surgeons)
- Radiation oncologists
- Physician assistants
- Nurse practitioners
- Certified nurse navigators
- Rehabilitation therapists
- Lymphedema specialists
- Social workers
- Registered Dietitians
If you are facing cancer, you do not want to have to wait for care. Our team is committed to seeing you promptly.
Dyson Center for Cancer Care
Everything you need for cancer care in the Mid-Hudson Valley is available at the Dyson Center for Cancer Care. This facility offers patients and families access to treatment and supportive services in one comfortable, convenient outpatient location.
The center includes:
- Radiation therapy suite offering image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) and intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
- Infusion center
- Medical and surgical oncology clinic space
- Access to supportive services
Led by James Leonardo, MD, the Health Quest Medical Practice, P.C. medical oncology team provides personalized cancer treatment to patients and families in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Together, the medical oncology team collaborates with surgical oncologists and radiation oncologists* to provide a multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment. The medical oncologists maintain a disease-based focus to enhance the level of specialized care provided to patients.
Skilled in the latest treatment options for cancer, the team manages chemotherapy and drug treatment including immunotherapy and hormone therapy for patients.
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Minimally Invasive Cancer Surgery
When you or a loved one receives a cancer diagnosis and needs surgery, you want access to the latest surgical options close to home. The Health Quest Medical Practice cancer surgery team includes specialized surgeons who have completed additional fellowship training as oncologic specialists. Many of the surgeons specialize in minimally invasive treatment options to help speed recovery and minimize pain and discomfort.
The da Vinci® Surgical System, available at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Northern Dutchess Hospital and Putnam Hospital Center, offers quicker recovery, less pain and more precision compared to standard minimally invasive surgical techniques. And the specialists at Health Quest have extensive experience with this technique, performing more robotic surgeries than any other health system in the Hudson Valley.*
Known for its unparalleled precision, the da Vinci Surgical System allows your surgeon* to make smaller incisions with more precision and greater control while giving your surgeon a better view with a 3D magnified camera.
The da Vinci can be used for a variety of surgeries, including:
- Colorectal surgery to treat colorectal cancers, early rectal tumors, pelvic dysfunction, rectal prolapse, rectocele and diverticulitis
- Lung/thoracic surgery for resection of benign and malignant lung tumors
- Gynecologic surgery to treat ovarian masses, cancer and diseases of the uterus
- Urologic surgery, such as prostatectomy
- General surgery to treat gallbladder disease and gastrointestinal tumors
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Targeted Local Therapies
The physicians at the Dyson Cancer Center use specialized therapies to locally target cancer cells directly at the tumor site. These therapies may be used in conjunction with other cancer treatments to reach cancer cells inside the body. The Dyson Center is one of the few cancer centers in the Mid-Hudson Valley to offer these treatments including:
Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) – a heated chemotherapy treatment (also known as a chemo bath) that is delivered directly to the abdomen during surgery. Giving chemotherapy during surgery allows for greater concentrations of the drug to be delivered to the tumor site.
Thoracic perfusion –targeted chemotherapy during lung cancer surgery.
Isolated limb infusion (ILI) –typically used to treat advanced melanoma. ILI can be used to deliver high-dose chemotherapy drugs directly to the cancer site on an arm or leg to rid the body of metastases.
Multidisciplinary Team Approach
You have access to leading-edge cancer treatment right in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Our broad range of therapies includes chemotherapy, clinical trials, advanced radiation therapy and surgery, which can be used alone or in combination with other treatments.
Our Tumor Board is a cross-disciplinary team of doctors and cancer specialists who come together to review and discuss patient cases. This team includes doctors, nurses, oncology navigators and social workers. They meet regularly to discuss complex cases and collaborate on treatment options.
Advanced Clinical Trials
At Health Quest, many physicians conduct advanced research through clinical trials to help evaluate new treatments and advance cancer care. Above all, we are dedicated to conducting research in a way that promotes patient safety and protects patient rights. If you have cancer, you may want to discuss with your physician whether participation in a clinical trial would be right for you. Learn more about cancer clinical trials offered at Health Quest.
To help patients recover faster, our post-operative rehabilitation program includes education about sensations, scar management, lymphedema risk reduction, a customized exercise program and speech therapy services for patients with cancer in the head or neck. Our physical and occupational therapists work one-on-one with patients to address their individual needs. All patients are welcome to join the Wellness Center at Northern Dutchess Hospital for a hospital-based exercise class, which promotes healing through gentle stretching and movement as well as strength training.
Your doctor may recommend that you meet with the Oncology Registered Dietitian (RD) to discuss nutrition-related issues that may affect your cancer treatment.
The RD provides guidance in food and nutrition and can give recommendations to help maximize nutritional status before, during and after cancer treatment. Adequate nutritional intake can help ensure maintenance of strength and energy throughout treatment. Dietary changes may help reduce potential side effects of treatment. In utilizing Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) for patients with cancer, the RD monitors body weight, assists with meal planning, recommends dietary interventions and works with patients to customize their nutrition plan of care.
Our certified oncology nurse navigators serve as partners in your treatment. They will help you to navigate the modern world of cancer treatment and are with you every step of the way — from diagnosis through treatment and beyond.
Navigators work closely with physicians and staff to help ensure that patients understand as much as possible about their treatment. They also help patients and families find the best support for their needs.
Cancer Support Groups
You don't have to face cancer alone. Our in-person cancer support groups include:
- Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group: Professional social workers and nurses lead discussions on ways to cope with illness and treatments. For more information, please call Elizabeth Bourne, Social Worker, at (845) 214-1828.
- Introduction to Chemotherapy: Led by oncology nurses, this group helps patients prepare for chemotherapy and or/radiation therapy. For more information, please call (845) 483-6408.
- Healthy Eating for Oncology Patients: Learn about making the best nutritional choices. For more information, please contact Chelsea Thorpe, RD, CDN, at (845) 214-7384.
- Living with Lymphedema: Led by occupational and physical therapists, this group helps patients coping with lymphedema. For more information, please call (845) 437-6331.
- Look Good, Feel Better: This group helps patients with cancer manage cosmetic and hair loss side effects. For more information, please call (800) 227-2345.
- Reach to Recovery: One-on-one support for patients with breast cancer is provided by breast cancer survivors. For more information, please call (800) 227-2345.
- Women Moving Through Breast Cancer: This group provides emotional and spiritual tools to women who have breast or any reproductive cancer, who are supporting someone who has cancer, or who want to prevent cancer.
- Partnership with Support Connection, Inc.: Free, confidential services are led by counselors who are also breast and ovarian cancer survivors.