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).
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
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.