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Westchester Breast Surgeon on the Risks and Benefits of Mammograms

Posted on: February 18, 2014

To Get a Mammogram or Not To Get a Mammogram: Risk Status Should Play a Role

By Philip C. Bonanno, MD, FACS, Director of The Breast Program and Director of Integrated Cancer Care in the Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center at Northern Westchester Hospital

100533240(2)This news was hard to miss: A new study suggested that women who get annual mammograms are as likely to die from breast cancer as women who only get breast examinations from qualified doctors and nurses. If you find that news confusing, you’re not alone. Doctors, public health officials, and cancer specialists are all trying to figure out what the findings mean when it comes to detecting breast cancer and protecting women.

The study, published in the respected British Medical Journal, tracked more than 90,000 women for 25 years. The results found that death rates from breast cancer were identical in women who got mammograms and those who did not. Worse, in one in five cases, getting a mammogram often led to biopsies, radiation, and chemotherapy to treat cancers that actually posed no threat to the patient.

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New York Nurse Practitioner Discusses Comprehensive Cancer Care

Posted on: October 10, 2013

Mind, Body & Soul: Truly Comprehensive Cancer Care

by Marilyn Leroy-Sterling, NP, Care Coordinator,  Health and Wellness Program, Northern Westchester Hospital

NWH_CancerCenter_Ph#18D76FDA diagnosis of cancer is a staggering blow. Although the treatments for patients with cancer are always improving, the emotional and physical impact of a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment are often overwhelming. That’s why hospitals are beginning to offer services to cancer patients that treat more than the malignancy: They treat the whole person. Continue reading

New York Chief of Plastic Surgery Dr. Michael Rosenberg Speaks About Aesthetic Oncology

Posted on: July 22, 2013

The Aesthetic Side of Treating Cancer

By Dr. Michael Rosenberg, Chief of Plastic Surgery, Northern Westchester Hospital

TheBreastInst_door_HiRezWith a diagnosis of cancer, all most people can think is, “Please cure it quick.” Thankfully, cancer treatment has come a long way; through advanced surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy techniques, more and more patients are surviving this dreaded disease. But there’s a lot more to surviving cancer than treatment.  We’re starting to see treatment as just the first step. Continue reading

New York Plastic Surgeon Discusses Lumpectomy Reconstruction

Posted on: March 13, 2013

Aesthetic Oncology for Breast Cancer Patients

by Danielle DeLuca-Pytell, MD, FACS

Dr. DeLuca-PytellIn 2004, after completing a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, I came to Northern Westchester Hospital and the Institute of Aesthetic Surgery for a fellowship in cosmetic surgery.  I had a broad base of training in all elements of plastic surgery there, and had also spent time at MD Anderson Cancer Center to study microsurgical reconstruction as well.  When I came to the Institute, I learned about a whole different type of breast reconstruction I had never been exposed to before:  lumpectomy reconstruction.  What I saw was the elegant marriage of two unique specialties blending into one: aesthetic oncologyContinue reading