New radiation oncology expert joins Canton-Potsdam Hospital medical staff
Monday, September 20, 2010 - 6:24 am

POTSDAM – Dr. David A. Hauerstock, a radiation oncology specialist, has joined Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s medical staff and is expected to begin seeing patients Friday, Oct. 1 at the hospital’s Warner Cancer Treatment Center, in the SeaComm plaza at 145 Market St.

Hauerstock received his medical degree from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, and completed his residency in radiation oncology at McGill University Health Center, where he also served as chief resident. He subsequently completed a fellowship in image-guided radiation therapy/stereotactic radiosurgery (IGRT/SRS) at Beth Israel Medical Center, in New York City.

Board certified in radiation oncology, Hauerstock has participated in research relating to radiotherapy of head and neck, prostate, lung, and liver cancers and research on radiotherapy’s effectiveness for metastatic cancer (cancerous cells that have spread to other areas of the body besides the primary tumor site).

Radiation oncologists specialize in determining the dosage and precise targeting of radiation needed to destroy cancerous cells without damaging nearby healthy tissues. IGRT/SRS combines computed tomography (CT) images of the tumor with treatment for more precise targeting of cancer cells over the course of a patient’s treatment. Specialists are trained to consider the type of cancer, the stage of growth, its position in the body, and the patient’s personal and family situation in working collaboratively with the patient to choose among many different radiotherapy options. Radiation oncologists also work closely with other specialists, especially with medical oncologists, and with the patient’s primary care practitioner, to coordinate care.

“A team approach to treating cancer is one of the keys to better outcomes,” Hauerstock said. “I’m looking forward to working with Dr. Howard J. Gold and Dr. Priti Mandalaywala, medical oncology specialists at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, and the cancer care team at Warner Cancer Treatment Center.”

“I’m also pleased that the hospital is consolidating its cancer care at the main hospital, closer to the lab and imaging services. Patients will be better served in this new facility.”

To make an appointment with Dr. Hauerstock, patients should contact their primary care providers or call Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s Warner Cancer Treatment Center at 268-9314.