Posted on: March 3, 2017
Colon cancer remains the third most common cancer in both men and women. However, only one in three eligible Americans begin to be screened for colon cancer at the recommended age of fifty-years-old. What is stopping people from taking the lifesaving step of screening? Unscreened individuals may avoid the procedure out of fear of the unknown, or the patient may feel like they are not at risk. Here, I’ll explain the importance of screening and the exciting new developments in detecting and treating colon cancer. By Jerald Wishner MD, FACS, FASCRS, Director of the Minimally Invasive and Colorectal Surgery Program at Northern Westchester Hospital.
Posted on: February 15, 2017
According to the National Cancer Institute, nearly 5.4 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year – making skin cancer the most common type of cancer. However, a range of treatment options combined with early detection makes skin cancer very treatable. Read on as I discuss radiation therapy, a non-invasive treatment option for skin cancer with a 90% success rate and typically, no reminder of treatment once the patient is cured. By Alfred Tinger, MD, FACRO, Chief of Radiation Oncology at Northern Westchester Hospital.
Posted on: February 9, 2017
A false positive screening mammogram is defined as a mammogram that results in calling back a patient for additional imaging. For every 1,000 women having a screening mammogram, 100 are called back for additional images, 20 of those are recommended to have a biopsy and 5 of these women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Reassuring a patient that the overwhelming majority of mammograms and even biopsies are normal can calm much of a woman’s anticipatory anxiety. By Stefanie Zalasin, MD Breast-imaging Specialist and Site Director of Yorktown Imaging at Northern Westchester Hospital.
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.
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.