Cutting-edge Cancer Care Close to Home

NCCC brings the most advanced technologies and integrated cancer care to patients in rural communities

Cancer patients in rural regions often travel long distances for cancer care. Because of this some—especially those needing daily radiation treatments—go without treatment. We’re making it easier for patients to get high-tech cancer care close to home.

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Travelling for cancer care can be expensive, exhausting, and complicated to organize just when many patients are feeling most vulnerable. When radiation is part of cancer treatment, these stresses are multiplied. Patients in rural areas often travel one or two hours daily to reach a facility that can offer treatment—and a typical course of radiation therapy for cancer patients is often five days a week, for two to nine weeks. Because of this some patients go without the treatment they need.

Cutting-edge cancer care close to home

NCCC is making cancer care easier for patients in rural communities in southwestern Vermont and Northern New Hampshire. Two regional centers that offer radiation oncology and access to evidence-based cancer care recently added new radiation oncologists to their staff:

Dr. Matthew Vernon

Dr. Matthew Vernon, new radiation oncologist at Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center (SVRCC) in Bennington, VT.

  • Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center (SVRCC) in Bennington serves patients throughout southwestern Vermont, eastern New York, and the northern Berkshires. Radiation Oncologist Dr. Matthew Vernon began seeing patients at SVRCC in July.
  • NCCC North in St. Johnsbury serves New Hampshire's North Country and Vermont's Northeast Kingdom and welcomed Radiation Oncologist Dr. Nirav S. Kapdia in September.

"Increasing our radiation oncology faculty in these centers allows physicians to seamlessly integrate modern radiation treatment into a patient's overall treatment plan, which often includes other modalities of treatment such as surgery and chemotherapy," said NCCC Director Mark Israel. "Expanding into previously underserved rural communities brings tremendous benefit to these patients, and demonstrates our strong commitment to the health of the population of our region."

Comprehensive Cancer Center benefits, patient-centered local care
Dr. Nirav Kapadia

Dr. Nirav Kapadia, new radiation oncologist at NCCC North in St. Johnsbury.

NCCC's regional cancer centers offer patients the best of both worlds: the latest diagnostic imaging technology, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and specialized care offered in comprehensive cancer centers, delivered in a convenient local setting. As one of 41 centers nationwide to earn the National Cancer Institute's Comprehensive Cancer Center designation, NCCC's researchers and clinicians collaborate to apply scientific findings to improve cancer care. Physicians at the regional centers draw on this expertise, consulting with organ site experts from 17 different interdisciplinary tumor boards. They have access to approaches under development by 150 cancer researchers, and their patients have opportunities to participate in clinical trials that seek to find new medications and approaches to cancer care.

Learn more about NCCC's regional Cancer Centers:

October 28, 2013