Compassionate Care, Leading Expertise
With accredited cancer care centers within an academic medical system, the Albany Med Health System offers patients numerous benefits that include a team approach to care, state-of-the-art services and equipment, and clinical trials and new treatment options.
We offer services such as interventional radiology for cancer detection, biologic therapies, immunology and newer forms of radiation oncology for cancer treatment, non-invasive stereotactic radiosurgery, pediatric oncology, advanced surgical oncology, genetic counseling, and laser ablation.
Care Throughout the Capital Region
All locations and physicians providing cancer care in the System can be found in the Get Care section of this page.
As an academic medical center, many cancer services are offered at Albany Medical Center that are not offered elsewhere in our region. Please scroll down for more information. For childhood cancer care, visit the Melodies Center. Learn more about the C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital, and about cancer care services available at Saratoga Hospital.
We maintain a partnership with New York Oncology Hematology (NYOH). This includes care, treatment, and access to clinical trials. NYOH is available at Albany Medical Center and has an office adjacent to Columbia Memorial Health.
- Bone forming tumors
- Cartilage forming tumors
- Fibrous tumors
- Cystic tumors
- Unknown and tumor simulators
- Nerve sheath tumors
Learn more about breast cancer services, as well as preventive and benign breast care.
- Acute leukemia
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
- Chronic myelogenous leukemia
- Hodgkin's lymphoma
- Non Hodgkin's lymphoma
- Multiple myeloma
- Cervical cancer
- Endometrial cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Uterine cancer
- Vaginal cancer
- Vulvar cancer
- Oral cavity cancer
- Parathyroid disorders
- Salivary gland (parotid/submandibular)
- Tonsil cancer
- Dysphagia (swallowing disorders)
- Sentinel lymph node biopsy
Our radiation oncology team is a leader in state-of-the-art technology and treatment methods for adults and children. We work collaboratively with radiation oncologists, nursing specialists, medical physicists, dosimetrists, radiation therapists, and supportive care professionals. Our team will put together a plan that is best suited for you and your condition.
- Undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma
- Synovial sarcoma
Surgical oncology is a field of cancer care that focuses on surgery to diagnose, stage, and treat cancer, and to manage some cancer-related symptoms. Surgical oncologists are additionally trained in advanced surgical oncology methods and tumor biology and behavior. You will often hear the term hepatobiliary associated with surgical oncology.
Watch this video of surgical oncologist Dr. Ankesh Nigam on the importance of teamwork and new ideas.
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Prostate cancer and benign prostate conditions
- Testicular cancer
Your Support Team
A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. Having a strong support system can help. Your provider can connect you with our programs and services that address your physical, emotional, and social needs during every step of treatment.
Oncology Social Workers
Provide emotional support to patients and families, refer to local support groups, help with transportation, health insurance, and financial issues, and link to community resources like food assistance and shelter.
Visiting Nurses is a member of the Albany Med Health System and plays a role in home care for cancer patients.
Breast Nurse Navigators
Specialize in helping newly diagnosed breast cancer patients with follow-up appointments, breast imaging, physical therapy, genetic testing, and financial assistance.
Provide dietary strategies for managing side effects and make diet and lifestyle recommendations for cancer prevention and survivorship.
Help patients whose cancers involve the head and neck to maintain and improve their speech and swallowing abilities before, during, and after treatment.
Palliative and Supportive Care
Partner with oncologists to maximize quality of life by assisting with pain and symptom management, as well as navigating complex medical decisions.
Evaluate patients with personal and family histories of cancer. Order and interpret genetic tests, and help patients make informed decisions about cancer prevention and management.
Psychologists and Psychiatrists
Provide individual, group, and family psychotherapy and medication management for patients and loved ones experiencing anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.
Cancer Research at Albany Medical College
In a quest to discover more about the basic mechanisms underlying cancer, exciting biomedical cancer research is conducted in the labs at Albany Medical College in the Department of Regenerative and Cancer Cell Biology.
After patients complete cancer treatment, they may be eligible to receive a personal Survivorship Care Plan. This plan includes a summary of all treatment provided for cancer and a schedule of follow-up visits with each doctor involved in their care.
Our patients have access to the following services during and after cancer treatment:
- Survivorship care plans
- Individual and family counseling support and referrals
- Assistance with disability and family leave benefits
- Financial assistance and counseling
- Lymphedema physical therapy
- Genetic counseling
- Ostomy nursing care
- Nutrition counseling
- Plastic surgery care and follow-up
- Speech and swallowing therapy
- Cardio-oncology program for long-term cardiac follow-up
- Coordinated transition of care from pediatric to adult oncology
- Screening programs
Comprehensive screening helps patients identify emotional, social, and financial concerns that may impact them during or after treatment. An oncology social worker is available to assist with these concerns. Referrals can be made for services close to home.
Referral services include:
- Support groups for patients and caregivers
- Grants and financial assistance
- Health insurance counseling
- Wellness and exercise programs
- Tobacco cessation
- Legal assistance
- Home health care
- Volunteer caregiving