Category Archives: Hospital Services

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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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Gamma Knife Radiosurgery for Brain Metastases

Posted on: January 9, 2017

Most brain metastases spread from primary tumors in other organs of the body. Metastatic tumors are among the most common mass lesions in the brain. In fact, 15 to 30 percent of patients with cancer may develop brain metastases. While finding out that someone you care for has received a supplemental cancer diagnosis is frightening, it’s important to understand treatment options for brain metastases. Gamma Knife Radiosurgery has revolutionized treatment for metastatic brain tumors. By Dr. Omar N. Syed, FAANS, Assistant Director of the Gamma Knife Center at Northern Westchester Hospital.

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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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Holiday Food Safety Tips: Don’t be a Germ Re-gifter

Posted on: December 12, 2016

Whether you’re a seasoned chef, a first-time dinner host, or simply bringing a dish to grandma’s house on New Year’s Eve, the holidays can shake up the nerves of even the most self-assured culinary geniuses. “How am I supposed to transport my dish? I hope it’s fully cooked…I hope Aunt Anne isn’t preparing the main course this year, I got so sick last year.” These are a few of the many thoughts that run through our minds during the holiday season. Feasting with family and friends is what holiday celebrations are all about. Try to keep your holiday festivities memorable in the right way this year. Follow these simple tips to keep you and your loved ones food-poisoning free. By Jackie Farrall, RD, CDN, Northern Westchester Hospital.

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