Queens Hospital Center maintains a Cancer Center of Excellence to diagnose and treat the residents of the borough of Queens. The Center strives to provide the most sophisticated and cutting-edge technology for patients at Queens Hospital Center.
In response to the high incidence of late diagnosis cancer in its catchment area, Queens Hospital has installed a state-of-the-art Siemens Biograph 6 PET/CT (positron emission tomography/computer tomography) scanner to facilitate accurate diagnoses and treatments of metastatic diseases of the colon, breast and lung cancers, and melanomas and lymphomas. It will also permit better treatment planning and follow up, thereby improving prognoses and increasing survival rates.
The Board of Directors authorized the acquisition of the scanner in April 2006. Operational as of August 2007, the new $2.9-million suite was funded through contributions provided by New York State Assemblywoman Barbara Clark through the Community Enhancement Facilities Assistance Program (CEFAP); New York State Senator Frank Padavan; and the New York City Council.