• Does anyone know what is going on in lower Manhattan as a result of Sandy? Is there a status of when the Cancer Institute will reopen?

    Asked by Dick_K on Wednesday, October 31, 2012

    Does anyone know what is going on in lower Manhattan as a result of Sandy? Is there a status of when the Cancer Institute will reopen?

    Hard to believe the havoc brought to the area. Posted - October 31st

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    • Dick_K's Avatar

      Sorry - looking for status on the NYU Cancer Institute.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar

      It's hard to say. The NYU Cancer Institute website isn't available through Google this morning. The NYU Langone Medical Center (I assume the Cancer Institute is associated) has a note indicating that they evacuated all their patients yesterday and that today and tomorrow are staff-only days to assess situation.

      almost 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I know that NYU was evacuated when their back-up generator failed. Why not go to their web site to and find out what's happening. I'm being treated and NY Presbyterian and I will be calling/e-mailing my doctor to confirm that my infusion is still on tomorrow.

      almost 4 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      I think part of the disaster management and communications plan, should be to tell patients what to expect, and where to go for more information in the event of a disaster. They don't even have information for patients on their facebook, or alternate communications routes that I have found so far. Their websites are knocked out at the moment.

      This is also a general answer for anyone affected by the hurricane...

      From the National Cancer Institute:
      "For help during a natural or national disaster when you can't reach your doctor, contact the following resources to find out how to access care:

      National Cancer Institute www.cancer.gov (1-800-4-CANCER)
      American Society of Clinical Oncology www.cancer.net "

      From the American Cancer Society:

      This appears to be the NYU Cancer Institute's Facebook https://www.facebook.com/#!/NYUCI?fref=ts Only a brief statement for employees.

      The recommended Cancer.net was zero help with regard to the hurricane. I have contacted the National Cancer Institute. They advised that if you need help continuing treatment and are unable to contact the center to see if there are any recordings regarding the storm...

      NYU Cancer Institute
      New York University Langone Medical Center
      550 First Avenue
      1201 Smilow Building
      New York, New York 10016
      Main:[phone number redacted]

      ... that you can contact them, and they will be able to provide locations that can help you continue your cancer care, and those centers should be able to put you in touch with your doctor to see where to go from there.

      I think in a few days, things will settle down a little, and there may be more information available from your cancer center in the city. If your treatment isn't due for a while, you're doing okay, and you don't need prescriptions filled, what I would do is probably wait a little while and see if communications are restored, and make use of other emergency services if any problems come up. Get your information together, as far as your specific diagnosis, the treatments you have received, the name of your doctor, your prescriptions and so on, that you probably already have done. You may be able to contact your doctor directly if time passes by and you're not able to find out anything.

      almost 4 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      NYU Cancer Institute main: (two one two) 731 six zero zero zero.

      almost 4 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      Here is a statement from their facebook that equals the statement on the hospital website:

      "NYU Langone Medical Center's main campus sustained significant damage during Hurricane Sandy, affecting our patient care, research, and education facilities.

      Through this week, the main campus on First Avenue, including the Emergency Department, is closed, as are our off-site physician offices and outpatient procedure and diagnostic testing sites. The Hospital for Joint Diseases continues to treat its current inpatients but is not accepting new admissions.

      Though it's too early to determine when inpatient services will be restored, our off-site physician offices will open on Monday, pending Con Edison's ability to restore power. All patients of those sites will be contacted.

      If you have an urgent medical need, please call 911 or go to your local emergency room.

      Please visit nyulmc.org; we will continue to update the website as more information becomes available."

      almost 4 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      I'm so sorry for all the weather has brought you to worry about... Since you seem to have power (you're on line).. You might call them and check... or go to their web site and check. Good luck. Hope things didn't get too wet in your life.

      almost 4 years ago
    • wellness' Avatar

      Dick I also use the NYU Cancer Institute on 34th and 3rd Avenue, and I see Oncology social workers at Cancer Care at 275 7th Avenue. In fact I had an appointment today which of course has to be cancelled but no one called me not even from their private residence.

      However, I did have different NYU specialists I had to see, not related to the NYU Cancer Institute or Cancer Care call me from their homes. That is dedication and I appreciate that. If you have any doctor's or nurse's private cell phones and you are ill or were supposed to have a treatment and need chemo or radiation call those numbers. You should not be without your chemo or other treatments, since you live in Connecticut you may have to go to a Connecticut hospital that is functioning please go. If you are not far from Yale that is a very good hospital.

      Everything from 34th Street and below on the East side and Westside still have no power. Con Ed said they might have power in those areas by this weekend. That will not help you and I since we go Monday to Friday. Keep listening to your news and look at NYC news online as well. Since NYU Langone is also closed I also have to assume my Friday appointment there is also cancelled. Like you I do not live in Manhattan and picked NYU doctors and hospitals because, they are supposed to be some of the best. I agree with some of the other people who answered you.There should be a way to get a hold of patients or even leave a general message in the event of a terrible disaster. If power is down everywhere maybe they can designate nurses and other staff in unaffected areas to call patients. Or maybe since this disaster was so widespread we are asking too much. I understand your frustration. Even if I do get calls I need the medical care I am now missing due to Sandy, and might have to go to my nearest emergency room if I get sicker.
      Dick, you do the same. If I can answer any more of your questions since we use NYU Cancer Institute I will gladly try. Sometimes it is this website and others like it where we can get help if not elsewhere.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Dick_K's Avatar

      Thanks everyone for all the help. It looks like the NYU email is back up. I have been sending emails since the beginning only to get them bounced back because their servers were down. I just got an out of office reply from one of my doctor’s nurses (she was on vacation at time of storm start). ConEd is also saying power will be restored to lower Manhattan by sometime tomorrow. Hope that's the case. Again, thanks for all the help.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Dick_K's Avatar

      My regularly scheduled appointment last week was cancelled because of the difficulties so much of New York was experiencing as a result of hurricane Sandy. I was able to schedule my blood work in Connecticut yesterday and today I found out the results were good and I will be able to restart Zelboraf, but at the lowered dosage of 720mg 2x per day.
      Sadly, all the investigational drugs were lost in the flooding at NYU and they have had to order new supplies. I’m hoping they get delivery by Thursday.

      almost 4 years ago

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