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.
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