Survivorship: Cancer Center Overview | Middlesex Hospital

Survivorship: Cancer Center Overview | Middlesex Hospital


(gentle music) – Survivorship means opening
your eyes every morning. – Survivorship means to me, taking something negative like cancer and turning your life around into something positive to help others. – Survivorship to me means being able to appreciate life. – I believe survivorship
is a second chance at life. – Survivorship starts right after somebody’s given the diagnosis of cancer. – At Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center, you’ll be able to
receive the highest level of cancer care in your own community. – We pride ourselves on
the expertise of our staff. – We have a Nurse Navigator program that assists patients,
health care providers, and families, to coordinate their care. We start off with our patients most times, at the area of concern, an area
of abnormality that’s found, on a test or an x-ray, and we follow them through
the diagnostic phase, treatment phase, and into
the survivorship phase. – The nurses have the compassion. The doctors not only have the compassion, but they also have the knowledge. – There’s a great support team
that surrounds your survivor, and it continues on with a variety of different
programs and services that we offer here at the Cancer Center. – It just seemed to be all under one roof. It was really a nice thing. – We have folks that are in charge of integrative medicine programs. We have others that specialize
in radiation oncology, and also the diagnostic
and imaging specialties, such as mammography, and
other types of imaging. – There’s 10 radiologists, and we all have separate specialties. Mine’s breast imaging. We all specialize in taking
care of the entire patient, of reading films from
all parts of their body, and what that enables you to do is piece all the things
together that are important for determining the care,
and their prognosis. We do any kind of metastatic workup, bone scanning, MRIs, cat scans. – We can give state-of-the-art treatment similar to what people get
in major cancer centers, but right here close to home. I’m presently the
Clinical Trials Director, and we’ve always had a
very strong commitment to clinical trials. I think of a patient from the minute they walk in our office, how comfortable they feel here. – Radiation oncology has seen amazing technological
advances in recent years. We were one of the first
hospitals in the state to introduce intensity-modulated
radiation therapy. We’re able to make
available to our patients dietary services, social services, physical therapy, speech therapy, home care services. – Integrative medicine is using whatever modality is available, mindfulness meditation, Reiki, yoga. Mindfulness helps to give that person a way of relieving that stress in a healthy way. – Our patients use the
Cancer Center library every day to look for information. We have the largest collection of consumer information on cancer in the state of Connecticut. – We want you to undergo your treatment, and during your treatment,
and after your treatment, continue to live as happy and
fulfilling a life as you can. – The staff takes each individual patient and makes them the utmost
priority of their day. – It’s just an incredible
coordinated effort that I think Middlesex offers above and beyond what I’ve
seen in other hospitals. – The staff at Middlesex Cancer Center makes you feel like you’re
going to beat your cancer, that there is a chance,
that there is hope. – Going through what I went through, you find out how fragile you are, but you also find out
how tough we all are. – [John] Survivorship means coming through the experience stronger. – [Clarke] I’m grateful
for the life lessons that sometimes are hard. – The minute after somebody
is diagnosed with cancer, they become a survivor. That’s my definition. (upbeat music)

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