WCA Cancer Treatment Center
Radiation Treatment, Close To Home
Cancer Care Links
Computerized Treatment Planning
Linear Accelerator and Simulator
Medical Oncology (Chemotherapy)
i.Logic™ Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (ENB)™
Cancer Care Patient Navigator
Health & Wellness
Lily’s Hope Wig Shop
Palliative Care Program
WCA Hospital’s Cancer Care Program, the only program in the region recognized for cancer care excellence by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC), is staffed by a team of expert physicians and health care professionals. The WCA Cancer Treatment Radiation program is under the medical direction of Theresa Pagliuca, M.D., board-certified radiation oncologist. The Cancer Care Program at WCA provides a wide range of cancer care services from routine screenings to the diagnosis and treatment of patients diagnosed with cancer. The comprehensive cancer care team is dedicated to preventing, diagnosing, and treating cancer for residents in the Chautauqua County and surrounding region.
In partnership with physicians, hospital staff, and health care providers, the nationally recognized program provides:
- Comprehensive care, including a range of cancer care services and technology.
- A multi-specialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options.
- Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options.
- Access to cancer-related information, education and support.
- A cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up.
- Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care. Comprehensive range of high-quality, compassionate, and cost-effective services, including health education, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and psychosocial and patient navigation support. A Cancer Care Treatment Committee composed of physicians and a multidisciplinary team of staff are specialized in every aspect of care for patients with malignant diseases reviews all cancer-related activities at WCA Hospital. By evaluating educational programs, interpreting Cancer Registry data and analyzing results of patient care studies, the Committee continues to raise the level of cancer care at WCA.
WCA RADIATION ONCOLOGY EARNS PRESTIGIOUS American College of Radiology ACCREDITATION
ACR Recognition Considered ‘Gold Standard’ For Patient Care
WCA Hospital, the region’s healthcare leader, has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a recent rigorous review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). ACR is awarded to health facilities who meet specific practice guidelines and technical standards developed by the American College of Radiology after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Patient care and treatment, patient safety, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Radiation Oncology Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a report they can use for continuous practice improvement.
Theresa Pagliuca, M.D.
Full-Time Onsite Oncologist at WCA Cancer Treatment Center
Theresa Pagliuca, M.D., board-certified radiation oncologist on staff at the WCA Cancer Treatment Center, says it is important for patients to understand that they are receiving the best cancer care possible. “Our distinction is formal acknowledgement of our quality by an independent panel of experts from all over the country,” says Dr. Pagliuca. “For our patients and the community, this recognition by the ACR provides confirmation of the excellent services we provide at WCA Hospital and gives our patients that extra measure of security and confidence that they are receiving the best cancer care right here, close to home. When patients are treated at an accredited facility, they receive a level of assurance that we are looking out for their best interests. Patients receive the same level of high quality care that they would expect from a large academic facility locally, surrounded by the compassionate support of their family and friends. It just doesn’t get better than that.”
About the American College of Radiology
The ACR is the nation’s oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body, with over 500 accredited sites, and 25 years of accreditation experience. The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.
Your Radiation Care
At WCA, we strive to provide the highest level of care for our patients undergoing radiation therapy treatments. Patients treated at the WCA Cancer Treatment Center Radiation Program receive:
- The Varian Clinac 2300iX Linear Accelerator, that allows our radiation team to treat patients with pinpoint accuracy;
- The most advanced radiation treatment, here at home.
- We provide up-to-date treatment modalities and technology including:
- Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy
- Three-Dimensional Conformal Therapy
- High-Energy External Beam Linear Accelerator
WCA Offers Radiation Treatment for:
- Head and Neck (larynx and oral cavity)
- Other cancer sites
Radiation Treatment includes:
• SBRT (Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy) a radiation treatment which uses high dose radiation to a targeted location in the body. These therapies can target small well defined tumors. The dose is targeted at the tumor sparing healthy surrounding tissues and organs. This type of treatment therapy can be used sometimes for lung tumors that are inoperable.
Treatment planning images are used to precisely map the tumor. The images are then used to make customized treatment plans where the beam delivers the radiation in different angles. The use of multiple angles helps prevent healthy tissue from receiving the entire dose of radiation. The targeted area (tumor) receives the direct beam of radiation.
• IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy) uses multiple small radiation beams of varying of intensities to precisely treat a tumor. The radiation beam shape changes throughout the treatment. The goal is to bend the radiation dose to avoid or reduce exposure of healthy tissue and limit the side effects of the radiation treatment.
• Curative and Palliative Treatment is offered for tumors in the lung liver, bone and sites in the abdomen and pelvis. Curative treatments are designed with best practice methods of treatment for a curative effect.
• Palliative treatment is given to alleviate symptoms, restore function, relieve suffering, pain relief and improve the quality of life.
Radiation therapy plays an important role in both curative and palliative cancer treatments.
• The Radiation Oncologist (Radiation physician) can provide radiation treatment options appropriate to your diagnosis.
The WCA Cancer Treatment Center Radiation Program is equipped with the up-to-date radiation technology. The Varian Clinac 2300iX Linear Accelerator radiation treatment system with an integrated 3D imaging system, enables the physicians and radiation therapists to target the tumor more precisely and more accurate, resulting in less side effects.
Our team includes many other specialists such as:
- Medical physicians
- Registered Nurses
- Radiation Therapists
- Clerical Support Staff
Our full time specially trained team provides both standard and cutting-edge radiation therapies. Our highly skilled radiation therapists and specially trained nursing staff work close with your doctors to provide a coordinated delivery for your care.
Patient Navigator – Information & Support For You and Your Loved Ones
To make an appointment: (716) 664-8677
The WCA Cancer Treatment Center patients may contact a Patient Navigator to coordinate a path through treatment. The patient navigator is a supportive guide for patients and their families. The Patient Navigator is a registered nurse with added training in patient/family education and services. The Patient Navigator can help with transportation, billing questions and financial counseling, community support connections and much more. Working closely with your doctors, the radiation treatment staff and others, the Patient Navigator helps you and your family throughout your treatment process at WCA Hospital.
We use the team approach to ensure that you receive the best of care and maintain the best quality of life possible. We realize that cancer can affect any area of your life. In partnership, we work with you to provide schedule flexibility, support, information, and access to any other resources you may need.
Radiation Therapy Office Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.