7 Reasons to Come to MSK Nassau for Cancer Care

MSK Nassau

MSK Nassau's infusion suite is a calm, soothing space that provides privacy and easy access to the care team.

Memorial Sloan Kettering has been caring for people on Long Island for more than 20 years at multiple locations in both Nassau and Suffolk counties. Now MSK is expanding its world-class, compassionate care by opening MSK Nassau. This all-new 114,000-square-foot facility in Uniondale offers services addressing almost every aspect of cancer care. Its opening allows for more convenient treatment for people from Nassau County and eastern Queens.

“We’re very excited to offer new services and expand what we’ve been doing in Nassau County for the last two decades,” says Pamela Drullinsky, a breast cancer oncologist and MSK Nassau’s Regional Care Network Medical Site Director.

Like everyone on the MSK Nassau staff, Dr. Drullinsky understands how much a nearby location helps people reduce travel time and, as a result, stress. “It’s important to have treatment close to home, so we don’t disrupt life,” she says. “As advances are being made in cancer treatments, we are viewing cancer more and more as a chronic illness.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Nassau

Memorial Sloan Kettering Nassau allows patients in Nassau County and eastern Queens to receive state-of-the-art care closer to home.

The team approach to care is the same at MSK Nassau as it is at every other MSK location. A collaborative approach ensures that each person’s treatment plan is regularly discussed by experts across the institution. This includes colleagues in Manhattan. And MSK’s singular focus on cancer care makes for a committed team dedicated to bringing the latest breakthroughs to patients.

“One reason people want to come to MSK is because they receive specialized care,” says Dr. Drullinsky. “We have specialists in every field who only treat that kind of cancer and are absolutely up-to-date on the most-innovative approaches.”

But medical care is just one part of the MSK Nassau experience. The facility includes MSK specialists in counseling, genetic testing, and nutrition.

Every aspect of a patient’s visit has been carefully considered to provide peace of mind. It starts with free valet parking on arrival, moves along through the covered walkways that usher visitors in, and ends with the calm, soothing spaces inside and out. Interior areas offer patients and their caregivers privacy. Thoughtfully landscaped outdoor areas provide an opportunity to recharge.

Here’s a look at seven of the most appealing features of MSK Nassau:

1. Infusion, your way

Many people come weekly for chemotherapy, immunotherapy treatments, and other types of infusions. The 26 infusion spaces at MSK Nassau are self-contained. They provide privacy and modern comforts in a tranquil setting bathed in natural light. Internet, television, and refreshments are all available. Temperature, lighting, and seating are controlled by the patient.

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2. The latest radiation treatments 

At MSK Nassau, expert radiation oncologists deliver ultraprecise treatment that seeks to spare healthy tissue. The site houses three state-of-the-art linear accelerators, which are the backbone of radiation therapy. MSK doctors provide treatments that include intensity-modulated radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy, and stereotactic body radiation therapy.  

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3. Clinical trials and research  

Clinical trials test new methods of treating cancer and are a crucial step in developing novel approaches to care. MSK offers more clinical trials for cancer care than any other institution on Long Island. People who come to MSK Nassau have access to early-stage research, including phase I trials. This means they may have access to therapies being studied that are not available at other hospitals. 

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4. Help getting back on your feet

Our rehabilitation services help people with the side effects and physical changes that can result from cancer and its treatment. MSK Nassau features a gym, seasoned rehabilitation specialists, and treatment for any stage of cancer care or survivorship. We have a comprehensive program to treat lymphedema (the swelling of the arms or legs).

We're very excited to offer new services and expand what we've been doing in Nassau County for the last two decades.
Pamela R. Drullinsky MSK Nassau’s Regional Care Network Medical Site Director
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5. Surgical consultations

MSK Nassau offers most of the procedures that are necessary before and after surgery, so patients don’t need to make repeated trips to Manhattan. People can also come to MSK Nassau to consult with the surgeon who will perform their operation.  

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6. Advanced lab capabilities

An on-site rapid-response lab cuts down excess waiting time and speeds up evaluations.

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7. The Symptom Care Clinic  

The Symptom Care Clinic provides help when a medical problem comes up unexpectedly. MSK Nassau specialists can refer people to partnering local doctors to reduce travel and stress.

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Do you have a Lymphedema specialist? I work right by your Rockville Centre MSKCC

Dear Linda, with the opening of MSK Nassau in Uniondale, our location at Rockville Centre has closed. We also have another location on Long Island, MSK Commack. Both of these locations have lymphedema services, but you must be an MSK patient. If you are, you can speak with your doctor or nurse about a referral. If you are not, and would like to become a patient, you can make an appointment online or call 800-525-2225. Thank you for your comment.

I am a patient of Sloan Kettering in Hauppauge office with dr Spencer Does Uniondale office which is about 15mins from my house treat Skin Cancer ?

Dear Daniel, there are no plans to offer dermatology services at MSK Nassau at this time. Thank you for your comment and best wishes to you.

I'm glad MSKCC comes to Nassau, because is more easy for my futures appointments,they have excellents services.

Will you offer ultrasounds and bloodwork there? I currently go to Hauppague but this is so much closer.

Dear Jaimie, we do offer bloodwork and ultrasounds at MSK Nassau. We recommend you discuss this with your MSK healthcare team. Thank you for your comment and best wishes to you.

I am so happy with the opening of MSK Nassau. Having all the services I need 10 minutes from home is a Blessing.

Any clinical studies for Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. 5 rounds of 5fu with no improvement.

Do you have palliative care doctors at the Nassau location?

Dear Eileen, we expect to begin offering palliative and supportive care services at MSK Nassau over the summer. In the meantime, they are available on Long Island at MSK Commack. Thank you for your comment.

I have been traveling into the city for the last 18 years for my annual followup...Does MSKC offer CT scans and X-Rays along with lab blood work ?

Dear Steven, yes, these follow-up services are available at MSK Nassau. We recommend you discuss this with your team at MSK. Thank you for your comment and best wishes to you.

I go every year from Great Neck to your Breast Center in Manhattan for my yearly mamo and sono in on the same day back to back and I get the results immediately afterwards. Will I be able to get the same wonderful and quality treatment on Long Island that I get at the Breast Center because a mamo is only as good as the radiologist who reads it and I have nothing but the best things to say about MSK's Breast Center. They are top notch, I get everything I need to be taken care of in one shot and with the best immediate feedback around I don't have to worry my head off!!!

Dear Wendy, all of the radiologists and other specialists at our locations on Long Island are MSK experts and offer the same care and expertise as our experts in Manhattan. Thank you for your comment and best wishes to you.

What's the address to the new Nassau County facility and the suffolk County facility in Commack?
Can they handle Sarcoidosis treatments?

Dear Tim, the address of MSK Nassau is 1101 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY 11553. The address of MSK Commack is 650 Commack Road Commack NY 11725.

These facilities focus on cancer treatment, so sarcoidosis is not one of the conditions treated there. Thank you for your comment and best wishes to you.

Do you have a listing of job openings? F so, where and how do I go bout getting and or looking for it!
Thank you, Denise 4/26/19

Dear Denise, you can find a list of job openings on our Careers page. Thank you for your comment and best wishes to you.

Are there any consultations and testing for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) patients at this center

Dear Bob, we do not offer consultations for CML at MSK Nassau at this time, but they are available at some of our other outpatient locations. If you’d like to learn more, you can make an appointment online or call 800-525-2225. Thank you for your comment.

Is your Uniondale facility recognized by the Empire Blue Cross plan’s center of excellence for cancer care? Are all the oncologists in your Uniondale facility Empire providers?

Dear Penny, for a list of which insurance plans are in-network with us, you can go to this page. If you’d like to speak with someone about this, you can can call 646-497-9176. Thank you for your comment.