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Cancer Care

Comprehensive & Compassionate Services

At the heart of Ogdensburg, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center is home to the Richard E. Winter Cancer Center, a beacon of hope and innovation in cancer treatment. Offering a comprehensive range of cancer-fighting therapies, our center is a testament to our commitment to excellence in oncology care, a commitment that has earned us national recognition.

Proudly standing as the only cancer program in the North Country acknowledged for its exceptional, collaborative approach to cancer care, the Richard E. Winter Cancer Center has been distinguished by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (CoC). This recognition is further solidified by our three-year accreditation and our designation as a Center of Excellence by the CoC—a prestigious honor that only one in four hospitals in the United States can claim.

At the REW Cancer Center, our focus is on delivering unparalleled care to our community, ensuring access to cutting-edge cancer treatments right here in Ogdensburg and the surrounding North Country region. This commitment means every patient receives personalized, advanced care close to home, emphasizing our dedication to your health and well-being.

Specialized cancer care services include:

Radiation Oncology Services

Radiation therapy uses tightly controlled beams of radiation to treat a wide variety of cancers without surgery. It requires highly precise technology—like the Trilogy linear accelerator, which is just one of the many powerful tools available here at Claxton-Hepburn.

Trilogy is a revolutionary image-guided radiotherapy system that combines diagnostic-quality imaging and treatment technology into one remarkable device. Trilogy provides truly individualized radiotherapy care with down-to-the-millimeter accuracy. This precision allows us to target just the tumor, sparing healthy tissue, and leading to quicker treatments.

We also offer intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). This treatment delivers high doses of radiation directly to tumors and cancer cells while protecting surrounding organs and tissues. The Winter Cancer Center is the only radiation oncology facility between Syracuse and Burlington to offer stereotactic radiosurgery, IMRT, and chemotherapy under one roof. And with our Trilogy linear accelerator, we can treat more cancers in a shorter amount of time.

Medical Oncology Services in Comfortable Surroundings

As a full-service cancer center, we offer diverse treatments, including chemotherapy, biotherapy, and the latest anti-cancer drugs in our infusion area, which overlooks a meditation garden. Our 11 infusion stations provide a comfortable setting for treatment, complemented by music, television, or socialization options, with a quiet room for those seeking privacy.

Oncologists, Radiation Therapists & Support Staff Who Care

Our physicians maintain close ties with major comprehensive cancer centers and collaborate internally to design individualized treatment plans, ensuring precise therapy delivery. For complex cases, we engage in multidisciplinary collaboration with specialists across different fields, ensuring a comprehensive approach to treatment. Certified oncology nurses offer physical, emotional, and educational support, while our full-time patient navigator/social worker assists with financial, decision-making, and coping challenges.

Compassionate Holistic Care

In addition to our oncology treatment offerings, we provide holistic care options to support your journey to recovery and healing. Our services now include:

  • Massage Therapy: To help reduce stress and improve relaxation.
  • Reiki Therapy: A gentle form of energy healing that can aid in relaxation and enhance well-being.
  • Acupuncture: Used to help manage cancer-related symptoms and treatment side effects.

These complementary therapies are provided to offer a comprehensive, holistic approach to your care, addressing not just the physical aspects of cancer but also the emotional and spiritual needs during your recovery.

Unwavering Commitment to Comprehensive Care and Healing

At the Richard E. Winter Cancer Center, our commitment to comprehensive and compassionate care is unwavering. We're here to support you every step of the way on your road to recovery and healing. Understanding that each patient's journey is unique, we tailor our approach to meet your individual needs, blending cutting-edge treatments with holistic care options that nurture the body, mind, and spirit. Together, we strive to provide not just life-saving treatments but also a beacon of hope and a source of strength for patients and their families during their most challenging times.

At the Winter Cancer Center, every member of our team, from physicians to support staff, is committed to offering our patients the highest standard of cancer care.