Northwell Health Cancer Institute at Phelps

Conveniently located in Sleepy Hollow, Northwell Health Cancer Institute at Phelps offers innovative and supportive cancer services under one roof. Our cancer center includes hematology and medical oncology, radiation oncology and thoracic surgery physician practices, as well as infusion and radiation therapy treatment areas. Our cancer specialists work closely with local surgeons so you can receive comprehensive and coordinated care close to home. In addition, a wide range of imaging and support services are available through Phelps Hospital.

Exceptional cancer care

If you have cancer, it is important to have careful coordination between your cancer specialists and any other physicians involved in your care. Fragmented care can occur when you have to leave your community to receive specialized care or treatment for a chronic condition like heart disease or diabetes.

That’s why our top-notch cancer specialists work closely with local internists, cardiologists, endocrinologists, gastroenterologists and other experienced specialists to coordinate treatment and manage any other conditions you may have. Our team of cancer experts is integrated with other physicians in the Phelps community and shares an electronic medical record to seamlessly coordinate all your health needs, close to home.

Individualized, quality care

Our team is dedicated to bringing you the most advanced cancer care in a compassionate, patient-centered environment. Our cancer specialists take the time to get to know you, your family and what matters most in your life. Then they collaborate with you and your other care providers to develop a personalized plan to best meet all your treatment goals, including your physical and emotional needs.

As a testament to our quality of care, we have been designated as a Community Cancer Program by the Commission on Cancer.

Conditions we treat

We treat virtually all types of cancer, including (but not limited to):

  • Brain tumors, including gliomas
  • Breast cancer
  • Colon cancer and other gastrointestinal cancers such as anal cancer, esophageal cancer, gallbladder cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, rectal cancer, small intestine cancer and stomach (gastric) cancer
  • Gynecological cancers such as cervical cancer, endometrial/uterine cancer, gestational trophoblastic disease, ovarian cancer, vaginal cancer and vulvar cancer
  • Head and neck cancer such as laryngeal cancer, lip and oral cavity cancers, oropharyngeal cancer, skull base tumors, thyroid cancer
  • Hematologic cancer such as acute lymphoblastic leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia, chronic myeloid leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma
  • Lung cancer including non-small cell lung cancer, adenocarcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, large cell carcinoma, large cell neuroendocrine tumors
  • Melanoma and rare skin cancers
  • Prostate cancer and genitourinary cancers such as kidney cancer, testicular cancer, bladder cancer

Innovative hematology & medical oncology

Our board-certified medical oncologists function as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide high quality, compassionate care for a wide range of cancers and blood disorders. Our onsite chemotherapy infusion treatment center offers the highest level of comfort during your visit.

We offer the latest in:

  • Chemotherapy:
    Chemotherapy refers to the use of drugs, known as chemotherapeutic agents or “chemo,” to kill or slow the growth of rapidly multiplying cancer cells. It is often used as part of a standardized treatment and often in conjunction with other cancer treatments, such as radiation therapy or surgery. It may be given as a combination of drugs, or as single agents depending on the stage of disease and the clinical situation.
  • Immunotherapy:
    Also called biologic therapy, biological response modifier therapy, or biotherapy, immunotherapy uses the body’s immune system to fight cancer. The cells, antibodies, and organs of the immune system work to protect and defend the body against foreign invaders, such as bacteria or viruses.
  • Hormone therapy:
    Hormones are chemicals produced by glands, such as the ovaries and testicles. Hormones help some types of cancer cells to grow, such as breast cancer and prostate cancer. In other cases, hormones can kill cancer cells, make cancer cells grow more slowly, or stop them from growing. Hormone therapy as a cancer treatment may involve taking medications that interfere with the activity of the hormone or stop the production of the hormones.
  • Targeted therapies:
    Targeted therapies are drugs or other substances that block the growth and spread of cancer by interfering with specific molecules involved in tumor growth. They attack cancer cells without harming normal cells and usually deliver fewer side effects.

State-of-the-art radiation therapy

Radiation therapy is an integral part of cancer care. With our advanced treatment options, you can stay close to home with the support of family and friends when you need them most.

As part of Northwell Health Department of Radiation Medicine, we follow the philosophy of Smarter Radiation Oncology. In order to ensure your safety and satisfaction, our team compares each patient’s care to the latest proven studies and methods, conducts proactive peer review on each new patient’s plan and completes a checklist prior to beginning a patient’s treatment. We have been nationally recognized for developing and following this safety protocol for radiation therapy.

Our radiation therapy services include:

  • Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS):
    Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is a nonsurgical form of radiation therapy that delivers high doses of radiation while sparing nearby tissues and organs. Stereotactic radiosurgery is used to treat brain and spinal tumors.
  • Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT):
    Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is a specialized type of external beam radiation therapy that is used to treat a number of cancers including bladder cancer, head and neck cancers, kidney cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer and pancreatic cancer.
  • Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT):
    Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) uses X-ray, cone-beam CT scanning, electromagnetic tracking, optical surface tracking, or ultrasound imaging during treatments to locate and focus radiation beams precisely at the tumors. IGRT is used to treat cancerous and noncancerous tumors and is ideal to treat tumors located very close to sensitive structures and organs.
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT):
    Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) modifies the intensity of the radiation within each radiation beam and allows delivery of higher doses of radiation to tumors, especially those near vital areas, while lowering doses to nearby healthy tissue.

Our leading edge technology

Our radiation therapy technology is called TrueBeam™. The TrueBeam system delivers radiation using the most advanced and latest technologies available. The delivery system allows the most precise and accurate delivery of radiation therapy, which decreases the treatment time needed to deliver the radiation. TrueBeam rotates around you to deliver the prescribed radiation dose from nearly every angle.

By combining image guidance and beam delivery, the system can accurately and precisely target tumors. The system has real-time imaging tools that allow for visualization of the tumor. Imaging also provides a view into how the tumor moves along with the patient’s breathing patterns. By having this information, our radiation therapy team can synchronize the treatment delivery with your breathing.

Our radiation oncologist uses TrueBeam technology to provide you with the treatment suited for your specific cancer and individual needs, including stereotactic radiosurgery, stereotactic body radiation therapy, image-guided radiotherapy and intensity-modulated radiotherapy.

Specialized thoracic surgery

We offer leading edge thoracic surgery to treat lung cancer and esophageal cancer. Comprehensive thoracic surgery services include:

  • Minimally invasive robotic thoracic surgery:
    Minimally invasive surgery can be done through video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) or da Vinci Xi® robotic-assisted surgery.
  • Treatment of benign lung tumors:
    A tumor, or abnormal buildup of tissue, may form when cells divide too quickly or do not die off as they normally should. If the growth is 3 centimeters or less in diameter, it is commonly called a nodule. A benign lung tumor is not cancerous, so it will not spread to other parts of the body.
  • Treatment of lung cancer:
    There are three main types of lung cancer – non-small cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer and lung carcinoid tumor.
  • Treatment of esophageal cancer:
    Esophageal cancer forms inside the esophagus, a hollow, muscular tube about 10 inches long that carries food and drink from the mouth to the stomach.
  • Treatment of mediastinal tumors:
    Mediastinal tumors are benign or cancerous growths that form in the area of the chest that separates the lungs.

Thoracic surgery may be done using one of the following procedures:

  • Wedge or segmental resection:
    A wedge resection, or segmental resection, is the removal of a small part of the lung as well as a margin of surrounding healthy tissue. A wedge or segmental resection can be used as a treatment option for lung cancer and esophageal cancer.
  • Lobectomy:
    A lobectomy is a surgical procedure for lung cancer performed to remove one of the lobes of the lungs. When only the affected lobe of the lung is removed, the remaining healthy tissue is spared to maintain adequate lung function.
  • Pneumonectomy:
    Pneumonectomy is surgery to remove an entire lung.
  • Esophagectomy:
    Esophagectomy, which is usually performed to treat esophageal cancer, involves removal of all or part of the esophagus (the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach) and then reconstructing it with part of the stomach or large intestine.

Minimally invasive robotic surgery

Northwell Health has been at the forefront of leading-edge technology and has pioneered new procedures to bring you the most advanced treatments available. One of the newest methods is robotically assisted thoracic surgery using the da Vinci Xi® Surgical System.

During a robotically assisted thoracic procedure, your surgeon sits at a computer console from which he or she can see a 3D image of the lungs or chest area, magnified 10 times greater than a person’s normal vision. The image is projected from a small camera that is inserted through one of several tiny incisions between the ribs. From the console, the surgeon’s hands control delicate instruments attached to the robotic arms to perform the procedure. The surgeon has complete control of the instruments. The robotic arms have a wider range of motion than human hands and translate the surgeon’s larger hand movements into smaller, more precise movements.

Benefits of thoracic robotic surgery include:

  • Less blood loss
  • Decreased pain
  • Quicker recovery time
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less scarring because of smaller incision

Support services

We know your cancer treatment is a journey. That’s why we offer a variety of coordinated support services, right here at Phelps Hospital.

  • A full range of diagnostic imaging services is available in the hospital and at our imaging centers in Croton-on-Hudson and Dobbs Ferry. Your images will be read by our fellowship-trained, subspecialized radiologists. By reading a high volume of the same kinds of images, our radiologists are able to deliver the most accurate interpretations of these images.
  • Our oncology nurse navigator coordinates your care, manages issues resulting from your disease and treatment, and connects you to other programs and services to ensure you get the care and support you need.
  • Our oncology nutritionist provides individual counseling to help you manage any side effects from your treatment, as well as guidelines to help you stay hydrated and tips to maintain or gain weight.
  • Our oncology social worker can assist patients, families and caregivers in dealing with barriers to treatment, help identify appropriate resources and make any necessary referrals within the hospital and the local community.

Additional services at Phelps Hospital include screening, inpatient care, hospitality servicesrehabilitation, support groups, individual/family counseling and financial counseling.

Our physicians

We are proud to provide comprehensive cancer services in your neighborhood. Northwell Health Physician Partners at this location include:

Hematology/Medical Oncology
Anna W. Komorowski, MD

Radiation Oncology
May Lim, MD, MPH

Thoracic Surgery
Darren I. Rohan, MD