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.
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.
Posted on: December 5, 2016
If you haven’t already scheduled your flu shot, now is the time. Gaining full immunity can take about two weeks, and you want to make sure you’re protected before flu symptoms begin circulating in your community. By Dr. Debra Spicehandler, Co-Chief of Infectious Disease at Northern Westchester Hospital.