Albany Cancer Center - Patroon Creek office has reopened. Use lower lot entrance for all appointments.
Albany Medical Center patients should continue to use upper lot entrance to check in for appointments in Suite 210.
Radiation, PET and CT patients use radiation entrance in lower lot. Learn More

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July 16, 2020

Dr. Resta, Erin Lasher discuss drop in cancer screenings during COVID on WAMC Medical Monday 

Regina Resta, MD and Erin Lasher, NP, who both see patients in our Troy office, are the featured guests on the most recent Medical Monday program, WAMC's weekly call-in program. 

New research shows preventive cancer screenings are down up to 90% in some cases, since the COVID-19 crisis began in March. Dr. Resta and Lasher talked about why early detection is critical in treating cancers and urged listeners not to skip an appointments for a mammogram, colonoscopy, skin check and others. 

They answered questions about a variety of cancers and hematologic conditions, as well as new treatment options. 

Listen to the full program. 


June 5, 2020

New York Oncology Hematology Partners with St. Peter’s Hospital to Test Cancer Drug in COVID-19 Patients

Promising local results of off-label use acalabrutinib are part of findings published national medical journal

NYOH is playing a role in new exploratory research, testing a cancer drug on several COVID-19 patients. The promising results are part of new research that appears in Science Immunology.

The research involves acalabrutinib, a member of a class of drugs known as Bruton’s tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitors, which are used to treat B-cell leukemias and lymphomas.

In March, Stephen Wrzesinski, MD, PhD, Director of Immunooncology and Cellular Therapy at New York Oncology Hematology (NYOH), reached out to colleagues at St. Peter’s Hospital to try testing the drug on local patients battling COVID-19.

“While acalabrutinib does not treat the coronavirus itself, it was suspected that it could decrease inflammation in the lungs in patients with severe COVID-19 infection,” said Dr. Wrzesinski, who led the local clinical team overseeing the study. He explains, “By improving the patient’s respiratory status, we believed the drug could spur a quicker recovery – and for the majority of patients, it did.”

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  • Important Parking Information for Patroon Creek & Albany Medical Center Patients

    NYOH has made several office changes as a result of COVID-19 and the completion of office renovations. Please use the map for specific parking and entrance information.

    Patroon Creek: NYOH is pleased to announce our renovated Patroon Creek office is now open for all patient appointments. Patients who are normally seen in our Patroon Creek office should return to parking in the lower lot, in the back of the building and use the office’s main entrance.

    Albany Medical Center: Patients from our Albany Medical Center office will continue to be seen at our Patroon Creek location and will *not* change locations. Check in for all appointments will be in Suite 210. Patients should park in the upper lot, using the upper entrance for all appointments.

    Radiation: All Patroon Creek radiation, PET and CT imaging patients will continue to park in the lower lot and use the separate radiation entrance for those appointments.

    Troy: In addition, the Troy location at 258 Hoosick Street has also re-opened.

    Click here for more information.

  • Virtual Cancer Support Group

    Due to COVID-19, NYOH's Cancer Support Group has moved online - and you're invited. Frances Ford, LCSW, leads free, bi-weekly sessions on Wednesdays, from 3:00pm - 4:00pm. 

    Open to both newly diagnosed and those managing cancer for some time, patients can attend whenever they wish. Together, the group will explore: 

    • Facing challenging emotions and addressing fears and worries 
    • Coping strategies for hopefulness, emotional and spiritual well-being
    • Connections with other patients facing similar struggles 


    Because the group is limited to 15 people per session, please call Francis to register: 518-489-3612 x 1342. You'll receive an email to access the Zoom meeting.

  • What you need to know before your appointment

    1. You Must Call BEFORE Your Appointment-Do Not Come To Our Office if You: 

    • Are experiencing a fever, cough or difficulty breathing
    • If you are under isolation or quarantine for COVID-19
    • If you have traveled to a state with high COVID-19 infection rates (NYS Travel Advisory)

    You will be contacted by a nurse to determine the next steps regarding your care.

    Contact your NYOH Office

    2. Wear a mask 

    If you have a mask, please wear it to your appointment. If you do not have one, one will be given to you.

    Please note all NYOH staff who are in contact with patients are wearing masks.

    3. No guest are permitted in our offices

    Visitors cannot accompany patients to exams or treatments at this time. Family and caregivers may not wait in lobbies, waiting rooms or anywhere inside NYOH buildings.

    We are taking this precaution to reduce the risk of exposure to both patients and staff.

    Family members or caregivers may wish to participate in appointments by phone or video. You may also wish to inquire if a telemedicine appointment is possible.

    Once patients are dropped off, caregivers may wait in their cars in the parking lot and be called with a patient is finished.

    We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation.

    4. Virtual Visits 

    It may be possible to conduct your visit via telephone or video. Learn more about telemedicine appointments, call our office or speak with your physician.

  • COVID-19 and Our Commitment to Care

    To our NYOH patients,

    As we navigate the unprecedented public health challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we want you to know that New York Oncology Hematology is closely following developments and taking all necessary precautions to protect the health and safety of our patients and staff.

    Our COVID-19 task force continues to monitor, evaluate and update our response. Guided by directives from the New York State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we are also listening to our team and you -- our patients -- to make sure we are doing everything we can to meet your needs.

    Because the situation continues to evolve, you may notice changes at our offices in the coming days and weeks. We ask for your patience -- these steps are being taken to fulfill our promise of providing you with the best possible care.

    We know you will continue to have questions about how coronavirus may impact your treatment or visits to our locations. We will be posting the most up to date information here on our website. For urgent matters, please call your NYOH office to speak directly with your care team.

    Our patients remain our top priority. At every NYOH location, our team is working hard, taking all possible steps to ensure the health and safety of you, your caregivers, our physicians, staff, and communities.

    Thank you for trusting NYOH with your care.

    Sincerely,

    Ira Zackon, MD
    President
    New York Oncology Hematology

    Rufus Collea, MD
    Medical Director
    New York Oncology Hematology

  • FAQ For Cancer Patients

    • As a cancer patient, am I at additional risk for catching COVID-19?

      Patients with compromised immune systems, including many cancer patients, are more susceptible to viruses, including COVID-19. Some cancer therapies, such as targeted drugs, steroids, as well as some cancer types, like blood cancers, can result in a weakened immune system.

    • Should I wear a facemask?

      If you have a mask, please wear it to your appointment. If you do not have one, one will be given to you. Please note all NYOH staff who are in contact with patients are wearing masks.

    • What precautions is NYOH taking as a result of the COVID-19 situation?

      Whether you are a patient, caregiver, or close to someone with cancer, please know New York Oncology Hematology is deeply committed to the wellbeing of our patients. NYOH is closely monitoring COVID-19, including the latest updates from the New York State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, NYOH has made several important patient & appointment changes:

      1. You Must Call BEFORE Your Appointment -Do Not Come To Our Office if You: 

      Are experiencing a fever, cough or difficulty breathing

      If you are under isolation or quarantine for COVID-19

      You will be contacted by a nurse to determine the next steps regarding your care.

      2. Wear a Mask

      If you have a mask, please wear it to your appointment. If you do not have one, one will be given to you.

      Please note all NYOH staff who are in contact with patients wear N95 masks.

      3. No guest are permitted in our offices

      At this time, visitors cannot accompany patients to exams or treatments at this time. Family and caregivers may not wait in lobbies, waiting rooms or anywhere inside NYOH buildings.

      We are taking this precaution to reduce the risk of exposure to both patients and staff.

      Family members or caregivers may wish to participate in appointments by phone or video. You may also wish to inquire if a telemedicine appointment is possible.

      For your convenience, patients may be dropped off and picked up at our front door. Caregivers may wait in their cars in the parking lot and be called with a patient is finished.

      We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation.

      4. Telemedicine

      It may be possible to conduct your visit via telephone or video. Please contact our office in advance to find out if telemedicine is available for your appointment.   

    • Will NYOH close or stop providing treatment?

      NYOH has no plans to close or stop providing treatment. We are working hard to ensure that every patient continues to receive the care they need.

      NYOH has already adopted CDC-recommended protocols for healthcare providers regarding COVID-19. Preventative measures include:

      • Hand hygiene (washing hand with soap and/or alcohol-based sanitizers)
      • Procedures in place to isolate patients who come into our locations exhibiting respiratory or flu-like symptoms.
    • As a cancer patient, if I am at higher risk, how can I protect myself?

      You, your caregivers, and close contacts can take proactive measures to protect yourselves and those around you from COVID-19, including these common-sense prevention steps:

      • Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds and frequently. If soap and water are unavailable, use alcohol-based hand rub.
      • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Throw tissues in the trash.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
      • Avoid close contact with sick people.
      • Stay home if you are not well.
      • Avoid large crowds while receiving therapy.
      • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces with household cleaning spray or wipe.
      • Call New York Oncology Hematology first if you have concerns.
    • Where can I get more information?

      As the COVID-19 situation changes, NYOH will continue to keep our staff and patients updated. For more information, we recommend the following resources:

  • Virtual Visits

    New York Oncology Hematology now offers telemedicine appointments, allowing new and existing patients to consult with our team of doctors via secure virtual visits – from the comfort and safety of home.

    Learn more

  • How to Protect Yourself

    Patients with compromised immune systems, including many cancer patients, are more susceptible to viruses, including COVID-19. Some cancer therapies, such as targeted drugs, steroids, as well as some cancer types, like blood cancers, can result in a weakened immune system.

    • Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds and frequently. If soap and water are unavailable, use alcohol-based hand rub.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Throw tissues in the trash.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Avoid close contact with sick people.
    • Stay home if you are not well.
    • Avoid large crowds while receiving therapy.
    • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces with household cleaning spray or wipe.