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Montefiore Partners with New York Cancer Providers to Open Proton Therapy Center in Manhattan

The New York Proton Regional Center—a pioneering collaboration between Montefiore, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Mount Sinai Health System—will open in East Harlem in 2019 to offer Proton-beam therapy, a powerful alternative to traditional radiation treatment.

The new Center will provide specialized radiation treatment to children and adults with tumors extremely close to highly sensitive structures, such as the base of the brain and the heart. This pioneering center, recently featured in the New York Times and Crain's New York Business, is the first of its kind in New York State and one of only 25 such facilities nationwide.

Proton-beam therapy is an alternative to traditional radiation, allowing physicians to deliver full therapeutic doses of radiation while sparing surrounding healthy tissues and organs. Evidence supports its use in pediatric cancers and areas where extreme precision is necessary to treat tumors, such as the central nervous system, head and neck, and eyes.

Shalom Kalnicki, MD, Chair, Radiation Oncology, stated in the Crain's article, "Pediatrics is the biggest need."

Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care Deploys APOTECAchemo Robotic System

Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care recently deployed the APOTECAchemo robotic system, which is designed to deliver unparalleled accuracy and increased safety for patients.

APOTECAchemo empowers our Pharmacy through robotic technology that automates the drug compounding process. This technology is found at only five major academic medical centers nationwide.

"Our investment in leading-edge devices illustrates our commitment to providing our patients with the most advanced cancer treatments," says Roman Perez-Soler, MD, Chairman, Oncology; Chief, Division of Medical Oncology and Deputy Director, Albert Einstein Cancer Center, Montefiore, and Guttman Professor of Medicine and Molecular Pharmacology, Einstein.

The APOTECAchemo consists of a robotic automation and information platform to prepare intravenous doses of chemotherapy. Risks to healthcare workers associated with compounding hazardous drugs are minimized while patient safety is improved.

Montefiore's APOTECAchemo makes every step of the process programmable, controllable, traceable and accountable. Patients benefit from the high degree of accuracy of the system, and built-in sterility measures that increase safety.