36 LONGISLANDPRESS.COM • NOVEMBER 2018
NEW YORK CANCER & BLOOD SPECIALISTS
New York Cancer & Blood Specialists (NYCBS) held a ground-breaking ceremony for its
new state-of-the-art cancer treatment facility located minutes from the ferry and Long
Island Railroad in Port Jefferson Station on October 10th, 2018. The modern facility will
be the most advanced, patient-friendly cancer treatment center of its kind on Long Island.
Commanding a footprint of 15,000 square feet, this unique facility was designed to treat
the whole patient, not just their cancer. It offers everything they need to fight cancer – in
one convenient location – and right in their own backyard.
Dr. Jeffrey Vacirca, CEO of NYCBS, explains the vision behind the center. “Through 40 years
of treating and actually listening to our cancer patients, we understand what they need
and want in cancer care. Top quality medical treatment, of course, but also comprehensive
services and emotional support services and access to promising clinical trials. Anything
our patient’s need we want to have for them. And they want it closer to home so they
don’t have to travel when they’re sick – which is what NYCBS community-based care is
all about. We’ve been providing our neighbors with these supports all along. But now we
can do all of this — and much more – under one roof.”
With all the amenities a NYCBS patient has come to expect like comfortable furniture,
warm lighting, soft blankets and a kind, attentive staff for much needed emotional support
– the new NYCBS center is designed to nurture and streamline patient flow so patients
don’t have to wait.
With the most cutting-edge medical technology and equipment – including the most advanced
PET/CT Scans and MRI machines to provide superior imagery for diagnostic purposes – as well
as medical and radiation oncology services, in-house radiology and infusion services, the new
NYCBS center addresses all of the patient’s medical needs in one building.
To facilitate better patient outcomes, the NYCBS center will also offer a multi-faceted
wellness program staffed by nurse educators, psychologists, and other experts ready to provide
nutritional, emotional, financial, psychological and spiritual guidance for any NYCBS patient.
Complementing superior medical treatment, these comprehensive support services are unique
to community-based cancer care and demonstrate NYCBS’s commitment to conquering cancer.
The new NYCBS cancer center is revolutionary in another yet remarkable way. The lab’s
CLEP license will allow it to take and process outside specimens (blood, biopsies, etc.).
With the new facility located next to the lab, cancer patients will receive their results in
record time. The new facility will also feature the latest in clinical trials and immunotherapy.
As a symbol of hope, NYCBS planted a tree to remain lit through-out the year in colors
representing different cancers treated each month. Joining NYCBS to plant this magical
tree was patients, doctors, staff, Sheriff Errol Toulon, and local politicians, Congressman
Lee Zeldin and Town Supervisor Ed Romaine.
“This is a proud moment for those dedicated to the practice of comprehensive cancer
care.” Dr. Vacirca added. “We are dedicated to provide the best in all services for all of our
patients, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, we want to be the first stop and keep them close
to home. We’ve grown, and so has our ability to treat those in need. Tomorrow brings hope…
and together… we’re conquering cancer close to home.”