Cortland County oncology office to shutter by October

Correction: A previous version of this article stated that the University Physicians Hematology/Oncology office in Homer provides bone marrow transplants. That service is only provided in Syracuse.

HOMER, N.Y. – A satellite office of Upstate Medical University located in the village of Homer will close it doors on Oct. 2, hospital officials announced Tuesday.

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The University Physicians Hematology/Oncology office on Copeland Avenue provides services including chemotherapy treatments and infusion therapies for cancer patients.

In an email to The Cortland Voice Tuesday afternoon, an official with Upstate Medical University cited high building renovation costs and thin physician resources as reasons for the closure.

Health care providers with the university will work with patients to ensure they continue to receive care, the official said.

"Each patient of the practice will receive a letter about the closure and be approached individually to discuss a plan for continued care, either in Syracuse or with a local oncologist," Stephen Graziano, who heads Upstate Medical University's Division of Hemtaology/Oncology, said in a statement Tuesday.

Employees were notified of the closure on July 29. Seven employees are full-time and one is part-time, and all will be offered positions within the Upstate system, Graziano said.

Upstate Medical University has six hematology/oncology locations throughout central New York, according to its website. Three are in Syracuse, one is in Oswego and the other is in Oneida County.

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