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Oncology Services in Staten Island, NY

For nearly a century, Richmond University Medical Center has provided a range of oncology services for patients throughout Staten Island, New York. First accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons in 1937, Richmond University Medical Center is fully equipped to treat a wide variety of cancers. Learn about the types of cancer care services available.

Comprehensive Cancer Care

At Richmond University Medical Center, the oncology team conducts a thorough assessment before developing a comprehensive treatment plan for a patient. After determining the correct approach, they will utilize the latest technology to deliver advanced care. This may include:

Once a treatment plan has been completed, Richmond University Medical Center offers ongoing care and services to support patients and minimize stress. The cancer care team includes seasoned oncologists, as well as:

  • Nurse professionals
  • Tumor registrars
  • Pharmacists
  • Therapists
  • Nutritionists
  • Social workers
  • Technologists

Oncology Medical Team

Richmond University Medical Center is proud to have an experienced team of board-certified medical oncologists and attending physicians on staff.

Oncology Attendings

  • Mahmoud H. Aly, M.D.
  • Efat Azizi, MD
  • Fady Khoury-Collado, MD – Gynecological Oncology.
  • Shayan Dioun, MD – Gynecological Oncology
  • Michael Elias, MD
  • Thomas Forlenza, MD
  • Yumi Kim, MD
  • Nisha Lakhi, MD – Cancer Liaison Physician
  • Seetha Murukutla, MD
  • Mario Peichev, MD – Pediatric Oncology
  • Shamim Salman, MD
  • Rumana Sultan, MD
  • Abigirami Vivekanandarajah, MD
  • Wahib Zafar, MD

Specialized Cancer Services

Richmond University Medical Center provides a variety of onsite services so that patients can receive convenient cancer care close to home. Specialized services include:

Advanced Diagnostic Care

For patients who have not been diagnosed or wish to get a second opinion, Richmond University Medical Center offers a full range of laboratory services, as well as imaging, including:

  • X-ray imaging
  • CAT scan
  • Mammography
  • MRI
  • PET scan

Radiation Therapy

This form of cancer treatment uses high-energy radiation to damage the DNA inside tumor cells. Radiation therapy at Richmond University Medical Center employs advanced medical technology, including:

  • Linear accelerator (LINAC) for external beam radiation treatment
  • High dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy, a form of internally delivered radiation

The onsite radiation oncologists are:

  • Marc T. Adams, M.D., Director of Radiation Oncology
  • Hoon Lee, M.D., Radiation Oncology

Treatment for Specific Types of Cancer

Richmond University Medical Center has the expertise to diagnose and treat many different types of cancer. Some of the more common forms of cancer treated at the hospital include:

Breast Cancer

The Richmond University Medical Center Breast and Women’s Center offers state-of-the-art breast imaging technology. Breast imaging services include:

  • 3D diagnostic and screening mammography
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Stereotactic breast biopsy
  • Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy
  • Breast MRI and MRI biopsy (located offsite at 355 Bard Avenue)

The Breast and Women’s Center is located at 1161 Victory Boulevard. In addition to imaging, the center has a breast surgery practice providing consultations and patient navigation. The center takes an integrative approach to cancer care, offering services including:

  • Consultations and evaluations for breast cancer and benign breast disease
  • Evaluation and surveillance for high-risk patients
  • Genetic testing
  • Multidisciplinary, expert cancer treatment planning
  • Lumpectomy (breast preserving surgery)
  • Nipple-sparing mastectomy
  • Immediate reconstruction for mastectomy
  • Oncoplastic lumpectomy and mastectomy for optimal cosmetic results
  • Navigation services, including patient support and care coordination
  • Access to research and clinical trials

Colon Cancer

Sometimes referred to as colorectal cancer, this form of cancer develops when growths called polyps develop in the inner lining of the colon and change over time. Colon cancer is very treatable if detected early. At Richmond University Medical Center, patients can receive recommended colon cancer screenings, as well as treatment if colon polyps or other abnormalities are detected.

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer typically develops in the bronchi (airways) or the air sacs inside the lungs. Often caused by smoking, lung cancer is not always symptomatic in the early stages. The Oncology Department at Richmond University Medical Center offers comprehensive lung cancer treatment, including surgical removal. Lung cancer screenings are also available for high-risk patients.

Thyroid Cancer

The thyroid is a small gland located in the neck that produces and releases hormones to regulate many bodily functions. Early signs of thyroid cancer might include difficulty swallowing, neck pain, or a visible lump. Richmond University Medical Center provides thyroid cancer treatment for several forms of this disease, including:

  • Anaplastic thyroid cancer
  • Differentiated thyroid cancer
  • Medullary thyroid cancer
  • Thyroid lymphoma

Family Support Services

Cancer can take an emotional toll on both the patient and their loved ones. Richmond University Medical Center connects patients with cancer and their families to the services they need to navigate the process. These include:

  • Behavioral health services
  • Counseling, education, and support
  • Discharge planning, home care, and hospice referrals
  • Pastoral care
  • Referrals to community agencies Patients can also visit the NY State Department of Health’s interactive map, which provides data on cancer rates in specific geographic areas.

A Commitment to Excellence

Richmond University Medical Center was recently awarded a Three-Year Accreditation with commendation by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. This accolade marks over 80 consecutive years of the Commission’s approval, showcasing the hospital’s commitment to the highest standard of cancer care.

Find Out More About Cancer Care at Richmond University Medical Center

Patients who have been diagnosed with cancer can count on the team at Richmond University Medical Center. Conveniently located at 1000 South Avenue in Staten Island, NY, the hospital’s Center for Cancer Care offers comprehensive oncology services, from initial diagnosis through treatment and recovery. For more information, download the Center for Cancer Care brochure, call 844-516-6585, or contact us today.