Some radical cancer therapies are being replaced in favor of treatments that honor a person’s wish for quality of life over prolongation of poor life.
One example is an interventional radiology treatment at Northern Westchester Hospital using trans arterial radioembolization, or TARE. TARE shows promise in prolonging quality of life for many patients battling liver cancer and metastatic colorectal cancer in the liver.
This unique interventional treatment delivers Yttrium-90, a radioactive isotope, directly to a tumor through the vascular system. It is a scientifically sophisticated technique for giving NWH patients a cancer treatment that doesn’t harm the healthy cells.
By Dr. Jerald D. Wishner, FACS, FASCRS, Co-Director, Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery and Medical Director, Colorectal Surgery Program at Northern Westchester Hospital
One of the most common killers is colon cancer, yet fewer than half of eligible Americans get a colonoscopy. It’s a statistic that is really bothersome to me. A colonoscopy is the gold standard of colon cancer screening, and the research proves it saves lives.
Colon cancer begins in polyps inside the colon, and it can take five to eight years to develop. The promise of a colonoscopy is that, if pre-cancerous polyps are found, the doctor can remove them during the procedure. With mammograms, the hope is that you’ll find cancer early; Colonoscopy takes that a step further by actually preventing cancer from developing in the first place by removing these precancerous polyps.
Most brain tumors begin elsewhere in the body. Although there is a great deal of awareness around Breast Cancer and Lung Cancer, what most people don’t realize is that these two cancers are the most common source of aggressive, metastatic brain tumors, according to the American Brain Tumor Association. Cancers of the colon, kidneys, and skin can also spread cancer cells to the brain. That’s grim news, but neurosurgeons are finding new ways to treat brain cancer.
Preventing a Precancerous Polyp from Becoming Colon Cancer
150,000 new cases of colon & rectal cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States. Screening to identify early stage tumors or precancerous polyps is critical to optimize the chance to cure this otherwise fatal disease. Colonoscopy is the optimal way to facilitate this. Despite its excellent record for safety and detection of disease, most studies show only 50% of Americans are screened appropriately. Common reasons for lack of screening are fear of the procedure, fear of the prep, embarrassment and lack of information about the safety, need and timing of screening.
Mind, Body & Soul: Truly Comprehensive Cancer Care
by Marilyn Leroy-Sterling, NP, Care Coordinator, Health and Wellness Program, Northern Westchester Hospital
A 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.