It’s one of cancer’s greatest enemies — something new.
New treatments and technologies have always helped level the playing field with cancer. And now, Samaritan has assembled cancer’s newest adversary — a new team of specialists in a state-of-the-art facility.
Our community’s destination for complete cancer care offers cutting-edge treatments and supportive services delivered by an integrated team. Simply put, the Walker Center offers the one thing cancer patients need most: new hope.
Our Comprehensive Services include:
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Finding cancer early often means more options for treatment. Samaritan Medical Center offers a full array of services to treat the early signs and symptoms of cancer including 3D mammography, prostate testing, colonoscopy/endoscopy and more.
Our Early Lung Cancer Screening Program, created to combat our region’s high rates of lung cancer, is designed to detect lung cancer before symptoms appear.
Samaritan physicians and surgeons have all the necessary technology and equipment at their fingertips to accurately diagnose cancer and determine the level of intervention necessary to treat it. Diagnostic tools include a 24/7 laboratory, stereotactic breast biopsy and 3D mammography for breast cancer, imagery services such as MRI, CT, and ultrasound and advanced lung diagnosis procedures that are offered exclusively at Samaritan and performed by highly-trained pulmonologists.
Cancer treatment at the Walker Center encompasses surgery, radiation oncology/therapy and chemotherapy – and oftentimes these treatments are used in connection with each other. Expert surgeons and oncologists are equipped with some of the most advanced technological tools available to deliver treatment that is as fast and targeted as possible.
Learn about minimally invasive, image-guided interventional cancer treatments and therapy options such as tumor ablation and more.
A cancer diagnosis is often a difficult, confusing and anxious time. At the Walker Center, a patient navigator is available to help patients make sure the diagnosis and treatment options are understood, schedule appointments, follow up on results and check in to see what you might need throughout treatment.
Oncology & Hematology
Samaritan’s Oncology/Hematology practice (formerly North Country Oncology and Hematology) provides diagnosis and treatment for patients dealing with all types of cancers and blood disorders. Our dedicated physicians, nurses and staff will guide you and your family through your treatment options, tailoring our services to your unique, individual needs.
We are proud to offer patients leading-edge, evidence-based radiation therapy with the help of a state-of-the-art Varian True Beam linear accelerator and a compassionate and talented staff. Dr. Justin Budnik, our Radiation Oncologist, can treat all types of cancer and some non-cancerous conditions.
Patient Navigation Services
Learning about a cancer diagnosis is a difficult, confusing and anxious experience. You and your family will have questions and concerns about your health, and you may need help to get the care you need. Fortunately, the Walker Center has a nurse navigator on staff to help all patients and families clarify and understand the many aspects of diagnosis and treatment.
Early Lung Cancer Screening Program
Knowing that lung cancer rates in the North Country are among the highest in New York State, our radiologists, pulmonologists, surgeons and other specialists have teamed up to offer this program. Community members can take advantage of this program even if they are symptom-free — criteria for screening is based on smoking history.
About the Walker Center
Opened in 2018, our facility is a $16 million investment in the health of our community, changing the way cancer care is delivered in our region. The Walker Center features a striking blend of clinical necessity and patient comfort, with exciting features including:
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A $3 million Varian TruBeam linear accelerator is one of the most precise in the region, delivering radiation therapy with advanced speed and accuracy to target cancer without damaging healthy tissue around it.
This technology delivers a higher dose of radiation, potentially shortening treatment time. A new top-of-the-line CT scanner maps out the area being treated with incredible accuracy, helping us create precise treatment plans and targeted radiation therapy.
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Patient navigation services, social workers, financial counseling, nutrition counseling, spiritual care and hospice, all in one place.
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Electronic reclining chairs, individual entertainment stations and seating for family and caregivers, all overlooking a rooftop healing garden.
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Dedicated on-site parking and a covered, private entrance, making it easy for patients who require daily or weekly treatment visits.
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Designed to host meetings, trainings and educational seminars.