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New center to centralize support for Roswell patients

Cancer patients and survivors will soon be able to find additional support on the Roswell Park Cancer Institute campus in a one-stop shop.

Roswell will open the Survivorship and Supportive Care Center to centralize existing support services and add new offerings to address patient needs.

Officially opening in March, the center is housed inside the Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center at Roswell, on the corner of Carlton Street and Michigan Avenue.

Roswell will host an open house for patients from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 10 in the Bieler Clinical Sciences Center to inform them of a broad range of services to nurture the mind, body and spirit through cancer and after treatment has ended.

The center helps patients tackle life after cancer, said Mary Reid, director of cancer screening and survivorship.

"The Roswell Park team of specialists are dedicated to providing a wide range of services designed to give cancer survivors the tools needed to achieve a new level of wellness," Reid said. "At the center, we focus on the individual cancer survivor, listen to their concerns, direct them to appropriate programs or clinics; all with the goal to improve the quality of their life."

Services address supportive and palliative care, pain management, survivorship, endocrinology, clinical nutrition, psycho-social oncology, social work, rehabilitation services and pastoral care.

“We take a team-based approach to medical care focusing on quality of life, offering treatment for physical symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, nausea, psycho-social and spiritual support, along with family counseling, to help cope with stressors related to cancer. Palliative care is often provided along with curative treatments for the disease,” said Dr. Amy Case, clinical chief, Roswell's Department of Supportive and Palliative Care.

Appointments are required for the clinic. Regular hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Patients make appointments for specific services by calling 1-877-ASK-RPCI. Patients' insurance would be billed.

Reservations for the open house can be made by calling 1-877-ASK-RPCI or online by March 3.

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