Ground broken on new cancer center

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VERONA — Officials broke ground at the site of the new Upstate Cancer Center in Verona. The new 30,000 square foot facility will bring comprehensive cancer care closer to home for residents of both Madison and Oneida counties, project officials said.
 
“We’re very enthusiastic about this beautiful new facility that will improve access to the outstanding cancer care and expertise that Upstate offers to patients throughout Central New York,” said Thomas Vandermeer, MD, FACS, interim director of the Upstate Cancer Center.
 
“This new center will enable Upstate to expand the comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer services that we provide at the Upstate Cancer Center in Syracuse to Verona. We will now be able to offer this level of care closer to home for many of our patients in Central New York.”
 
The facility will provide expanded diagnostic and treatment services just off Exit 33 of the state Thruway. Upstate’s existing cancer center on Seneca Street in Oneida, about 15 minutes away, will relocate to Verona when the new office opens.
 
The Upstate Cancer Center at Verona will offer medical oncology, radiation therapy, surgical subspecialties, radiology, laboratory, pharmacy, and consultative services similar to those found at the Upstate Cancer Center in downtown Syracuse, officials said.
 
Whether in Syracuse, Oswego, Oneida, or Verona, Upstate patients have access to the latest cancer-fighting technology and clinical trials not available anywhere else in the region, officials said.
 
The Verona site, which will be more than twice the size of the Upstate Cancer Center at Oneida, will continue offering multidisciplinary care with a team of experts that includes surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and other specialists who consult together to manage each patient’s specific treatment.
 
Multiple areas had been considered but the location chosen at the corner of Route 365 had recently had an upgrade to its water and sewer system. The Upstate Cancer Center will be located on Oneida Indian Nation land in Verona.
 
“To all of the physicians and all of the staff [of Upstate Medical University], thank you for choosing us,” Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente. “And thank you for working with the Oneida Nation, a great partner we’ve worked with and continue to work within areas of economic development, tourism, and now healthcare.”
 
“This Cancer Center will create a great comfort for our local community members,” Verona Supervisor Scott Musacchio said. “I’ve had family members go through cancer treatment and having it now this close takes a level of stress off of the situation.”
 
The Upstate Cancer Center at Verona is expected to open in early 2023.

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