Category Archives: Northern Westchester Hospital News

Radiation Therapy for Skin Cancer

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.

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Don’t Let a False Positive Prevent you from Getting your Annual Mammo

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.

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A Parent’s Guide to Cuts, Breaks, Bruises and Burns

Posted on: February 6, 2017

A parent’s worst nightmare – an accidental tumble during a snowball fight, or an unfortunate bout of curiosity with the stove during dinner time and your child runs into your arms, in pain and inconsolable. As parents, it is assumed that our job is to be the superhero and prevent our children from getting injured. Often though, our precious little ones bump into situations that we cannot prevent, despite our superhuman efforts to keep them safe. Imagine the life of a two-year-old: Your child has finally mastered the art of walking and there are endless new places to explore. Furniture, cabinets and staircases become the most interesting discoveries – worthy of thorough investigation. Supervision, attention and safety are important, but there are some injuries that are impossible to avoid. Here, I inform you about how to handle your children’s cuts, breaks, bruises and burns and when it’s time to seek emergency care. By Jim Dwyer, Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Northern Westchester Hospital.

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Getting a Leg Up on Sciatica

Posted on: January 31, 2017

You get up from bed or turn to speak to someone — and sudden burning pain shoots down one leg. There’s a good chance you may have sciatica, a condition diagnosed approximately three million times a year in America, and caused by a specific type of injury to the sciatic nerve. Here, I inform you about sciatica’s causes, sciatica symptoms and remarkably high rates of recovery. By John Abrahams, MD, FAANS, Chief of Neurosurgery and Co-Director of Spine Surgery at the Orthopedic and Spine Institute, Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH).

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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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