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THE COURIER/Photos by Eric Jankiewicz
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Caryn Schwab, executive director of Mount Sinai Queens, in an exam room at the new cancer center.

A new medical facility that will specialize in cancer treatment  is opening in Astoria as part of a $125 million expansion by Mount Sinai Queens.

Known as the Mount Sinai Queens Infusion Center, the facility is across the street from the main hospital. The state-of-the-art facility will be used to treat cancer patients, according to hospital officials, that were previously unavailable to Mount Sinai’s patients in Queens.

“Many treatment options were not available in Queens,” said Howard Greenberg, assistant professor of medicine for the hospital. “Now we’re bringing world-class cancer care in the comfort of your neighborhood.”

The new center aims to provide cancer treatments in a quiet and comfortable environment, something that couldn’t be done in their main facility on 30th Avenue. Along with providing treatment like chemotherapy, the hospital will also perform various blood transfusions and provide care for patients with blood disorders.

“We tried to create a space that was comforting to our patients and also deliver high-quality care,” said Caryn Schwab, executive director of Mount Sinai Queens.

Mount Sinai, with its main medical center on the East Side in Manhattan, is looking to expand into western Queens. The area has a limited choice of emergency medical centers with Elmhurst Hospital the closest alternative.

“Mount Sinai Queens is on the move,” Schwab said. “Queens is our backyard.”

The bulk of the Mount Sinai expansion project is taking place in a new 130,000-square-foot building that is rising across the street from the cancer center.

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