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Couple brings cancer care closer to home for South Shore residents

Suzette Rodriguez of West Babylon was the mother of two young sons when diagnosed with breast cancer at 38. Family and friends drove her to Northwell’s Monter Cancer Center in Lake Success for 16 rounds of chemotherapy — at times a two-hour commute.

“Not only does cancer take a toll on you physically, but so do your doctor appointments and necessary labs,” says Suzette. “Add in a long commute and you’re mentally and physically exhausted.”

Cancer care, closer to home

Suzette now receives follow-up care at a location convenient for her family. 

The Imbert Cancer Center — part of the Northwell Health Cancer Institute — opened in October of 2016 in Bay Shore, New York. The 46,000-square-foot center features high-quality cancer services, including medical oncology, radiation therapy, interventional radiology, surgical oncology, diagnostic imaging, clinical trials and support services — giving Suffolk County residents like Suzette access to unparalleled cancer services.

“We recognize the stress and toll cancer treatments can take on patients and their loved ones,” says George Raptis, MD, who played a key role in the development of the center and was acting executive director of Northwell Health’s Cancer Institute at the time. “Our goal is to provide the latest advances in cancer treatment and support services all under one roof so patients can access the very best in cancer care close to their homes.”

Helping neighbors by supporting local care

quotation mark Cancer takes over your life, but now it won’t disrupt my whole day.
Suzette Rodriguez

Bay Shore residents Susan and Rick Imbert made a transformative gift to help bring this cancer care closer to home for each person in their community. “Never worry about numbers,” say the Imberts, quoting Mother Teresa. “Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.”

“The Imberts’ generosity made my life better,” says Suzette. “The Imbert Cancer Center not only gives patients amazing care but also gives them time — time to rest instead of having to drive, time to spend with loved ones instead of sitting in traffic.” 

The shorter commute time means she can take care of appointments and be home before her kids are out of school. “Cancer takes over your life,” says Suzette. “But now it won’t disrupt my whole day.”

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