Patient Care

Wilmot Cancer Institute Opens Comprehensive Breast Care Facility at Pluta

May. 12, 2014
Stretching at a Gentle Yoga Class at Pluta

The Wilmot Cancer Institute announces the opening of UR Medicine’s Comprehensive Breast Care at Pluta. The Henrietta facility will serve as the home for the renowned multidisciplinary breast cancer program that Wilmot has built in recent years, combined with Pluta’s program and its history of compassionate and integrative care.

On May 5, 2014, breast cancer patients who used to be treated at the Wilmot Cancer Center on the University of Rochester Medical Center campus began receiving care at 125 Red Creek Drive, near Calkins Road and Hylan Drive. The UR acquired Pluta in December 2012.

An array of services are available to patients at the Henrietta facility, including radiation oncology, chemotherapy infusion, medical and surgical check-ups and consultations, an on-site lab for blood work, biopsies and minor procedures, social work services – as well as massage therapy, tai-chi classes, cooking demonstrations, and gentle yoga tailored for survivors. All patients will have access to clinical trials and tumor board consultations through the Wilmot Cancer Institute.

Kristin Skinner, M.D.

Some of these services are unique to upstate New York. In radiation oncology, for example, patients can receive treatment in the prone position, as opposed to the traditional supine position. Recent studies suggest the prone setup better shields the heart and lungs from inadvertent radiation toxicity.

“Putting the patient first is at the core of everything we do,” said Patti Murray, R.N., B.S.N., M.S., associate director of clinical services at the Wilmot Cancer Institute, the umbrella organization for all of UR Medicine’s cancer services including the Pluta location. “Our new comprehensive center is the best of Wilmot and the best of Pluta -- thriving under one roof.”

Kristin Skinner, M.D., UR Medicine breast cancer surgeon, associate professor, and director of the center, said the move to Pluta made perfect sense.

“We’re very proud of our program at Wilmot, which has become a model for breast centers nationally,” said Skinner, who joined the UR in 2006 after helping to build a similar breast program at New York University. “We’ve always tried to foster a holistic view, and that meshes very well with Pluta’s philosophy. Moving in together, we can offer a better patient experience.”

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