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NYC Cancer Hospital Question: Presbyterian vs Memorial Sloan Kettering

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    Charles Rosen

    Ive been receiving excellent care at Columbia University-NY Presbyterian Hospital. The doctors are smart, terrific, the nurses and ancillary staff are equally wonderful. No complaints with any of the medical and support staff. But the hospital sucks. Their inability to support their own staff and their seeming total unconcern with patient care is astounding. As an MDS patient I spend lots of time in their adult Irving Cancer Center infusion area. It’s bedlam. There is no rhyme nor reason to the way they operate. There is no functioning appointment system, you come and wait for hours. Literally not enough infusion chairs for care. I’ve had to sit in the lobby because the waiting room was packed, it’s like being on a rush hour subway car. And there’s no sense of a holistic approach for cancer patients: no nutritionists, social workers, psychologists or psychiatrists, exercise specialists, etc. Despite my renowned doctors, my children are suggesting I consider moving my care to Memorial Sloan Kettering. I have no idea what it’s like over there and don’t want to risk losing my great caregivers if MSK is not appreciably better. Anyone have a similar experience? Getting care at Memorial, what’s that like?

    Kathleen Till

    Sorry cannot help you.

    I went to Moffitt in Tampa Florida and they were great for me.

    One year out from transplant Sept 9th was my 1st birthday.

    Hope you get help on here.

    If you are on Facebook there is a great MDS page on there I belong to it. Lots of information, but one must always check with ones doctor for medical advice.Fight Myolodysplastic syndrome
    Hope I spelt it correctly



    Can’t help you on the comparison. I have been going to Columbia for six years. I don’t receive treatment there, as so far I’m treatment free. I do agree with you on the apparent disorganization. On more than one occasion, I waited hours past my scheduled appt. to see the doctor. I agree the health care staff is wonderful. I would not leave there as I think the world of my doctor. I suspect that when treatment becomes necessary I’ll get it locally(3 hrs north of NYC). I also recall that things were more efficient during the first 18 months of Covid.

    Best wishes

    RoseAnn Norton

    I live in Florida now but I am originally from NY. I still go back to Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) every 6 months for a bone marrow biopsy and to meet with Dr Giralt who is world renowned in his field. Look him up, he treated Robin Roberts. The new facility at the David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care at MSK, 530 East 74th Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10021 (between York Avenue and the East River) is wonderful and has the quiet calming environment you need to help with your care. And the doctors are top notch. Worth a visit for sure. I was previously treated for breast cancer there and was very happy with the care I received.

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