Category Archives: Expert Health Advice

Cervical Stenosis: Symptoms and Effective Treatments

Posted on: January 24, 2017

It may start as a slight clumsiness in picking up a coin or a subtle numbness in one hand. But that could signal the start of a serious problem that doesn’t originate in the hand at all, but rather in the cervical (neck) spine. In this post, I help you understand the condition called cervical stenosis and give you the good news about effective treatments. By Marshal D. Peris, MD, FAAOS, Co-Director, Spine Surgery, Orthopedic and Spine Institute, Northern Westchester Hospital

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Empowering Women with a Breast Cancer Risk Assessment

Posted on: January 16, 2017

Do you need a breast cancer risk assessment? If you are shaking your head “no” because you believe you have no breast cancer risk factors, prepare to be surprised. At least 75 percent of women in the U.S. who develop the disease are not high-risk; they are either low- or average-risk. That makes a breast cancer risk assessment essential for every woman. Here, I describe the crucial information you gain during an assessment, and how it empowers you to take action proven to substantially reduce your risk of developing breast cancer. By Dr. Karen Arthur, FACS, breast surgeon, Medical Director of The Breast Institute at Yorktown and Co-director of Northern Westchester Hospital’s new Breast Health Program.

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Pap Smears Save Lives

Posted on: January 4, 2017

If you’ve ever wondered what the “Pap” of “Pap smear” stands for, here’s the answer: It’s a shortened form of the name of the test’s inventor, George Papanicolaou. Papanicolaou discovered that normal and abnormal smears can be viewed under the microscope and be correctly classified, resulting in a significant decline in cervical cancer. But what if you do receive an abnormal smear result? Read on as I give you answers about what a Pap test consists of, the next step in the case of an abnormal result, and find comfort in the Pap test’s efficacy in saving women’s lives. By Elisa Burns, MD, FACOG, Director of Quality and Outcomes at the Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Northern Westchester Hospital

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Know Your Cancer Risks Sooner…Have More Options

Posted on: December 19, 2016

Having a hereditary (also called genetic) predisposition to cancer raises your risk of developing cancer. That’s why it’s important to learn about your possible risk of a hereditary cancer syndrome through genetic counseling. Genetic counseling – which may lead to optional genetic testing – helps you understand your cancer risk so you can take steps to catch cancer early enough to make a difference, consider prophylactic medications or surgery to reduce your risk of developing cancer, and use the information to help you and your providers make the very best decisions about cancer treatment. By Nancy Cohen, MS, CGC (Certified Genetic Counselor) at the Cancer Treatment & Wellness Center, Northern Westchester Hospital.

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Breathing Easier: Rehab for Veterans and Civilians with COPD

Posted on: November 10, 2016

This Veteran’s Day, Harlan Weinberg, MD, pulmonary disease specialist and Medical Director of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Wellness Program at Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH), is taking the time to emphasize the importance of pulmonary rehab for Veterans.

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