Some CCS Oncology patients are still trying to figure out where they will continue their cancer treatments.
The practice filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy early this month.
Just last week, 1,700 current patients received a notice from the practice that it’s closing on Friday at 5:00 pm.
“I really wasn’t expecting them to close, I really wasn’t,” said Tom Burns, CCS Oncology patient.
Burns has been a CCS patient for two years receiving treatments for throat and lung cancer. His treatments ended in 2016 and Burns is now seeing an oncologist for follow-up visits.
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center has agreed to make its services and facilities available for those patients requiring clinical care. A community patient forum was held Monday to meet with patients and discuss their options.
“We feel obligated in some respect to support our community. Whatever problem they have, Roswell Park is able to deal with it,” said Dr. Boris Kuvshinoff.
Roswell Park cares for about 30,000 cancer patients. Dr. Kuvshinoff says taking on 1,700 patients, if that’s the case, is a small number compared to the amount they see on a regular basis.
It’s up to CCS patients to decide whether they want to receive care at Roswell or someplace else.
“It’s not going to bother me, I’m okay with the switch. I’m comfortable with it, as comfortable as you can be,” said Burns.
Roswell Park officials say patients have already shared their concerns as many treatments could be interrupted, but they want all patients, especially those getting active treatments, to make the switch immediately.
“We understand what it feels like to be in the middle of something as serious as cancer and suddenly have your life line removed and so we just want to make sure the message to them is, we’re here,” said Dr. Kuvshinoff.
Appointments scheduled after Friday at CCS Oncology will be canceled. Officials told News 4 a small number of appointments may be kept as scheduled for next week, but the practice recommends checking with your doctor.