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Avon Foundation Breast Imaging Center at NewYork-Presbyterian

Monday October 13, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Annual mammograms are an important part of preventive care for all women over the age of 40. For women with a strong family history of breast cancer, it may be important to begin screenings even earlier. The Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center offers cutting-edge technology and a caring staff to help make your mammogram experience both comfortable and effective. Learn more about what to expect in this video.

Columbia Volleyball - Go Pink Match!

Monday September 22, 2014 at 11:12 AM


Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center Has Designation Renewed by National Cancer Institute; Awarded $18M Grant

Monday September 8, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Outstanding basic research, a growing focus on translating discoveries into treatments, and a dedication to patient care have earned the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC) of Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital an $18 million, five-year Cancer Center Support Grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The grant renews the center’s status as one of only two NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in New York City and one of only three in New York State.

New Approach to Treating Cancer: Personalized Radiation Therapy During—Instead of After—Cancer Surgery

Friday August 29, 2014 at 9:44 AM

NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center is finding new ways to use individualized, internal radiation delivered in the operating room immediately after a cancer tumor is removed. Intraoperative radiotherapy, or IORT, represents an effort to reduce the chance of a recurrence, shorten the duration of conventional postoperative external radiation, and reduce the risk to healthy tissue associated with external radiation.

In 2012, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital became the first hospital in New York City to offer IORT to women with certain breast cancers. In this therapy, a spherical applicator is used to deliver a single, even dose of radiation to the inside surface of a rounded cavity after a lumpectomy.

"The Conversation" – How Will You Respond to Cancer?

Tuesday August 12, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Cancer has just spoken and is about to change your life with its long list of demands. The question is, “How you will you respond to it?”

Studies show this important question can best be addressed with a Palliative Care Team specially trained to help patients and their families cope with serious illness.

Coping with Chemo Side-Effects: Anxiety and Insomnia

Wednesday August 6, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Preparing for chemotherapy often bring on bouts of anxiety and insomnia. You may lay awake at night worrying about your diagnosis and how you’re going to manage their usual responsibilities—going to work, taking care of the kids—all while undergoing cancer treatment. But there’s help for these two common ailments.

Massage Helps Lymphedema

Friday August 1, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Lymphedema—the swelling of the arms or legs due to fluid build up in the lymph nodes—has long been a source of discomfort for women whose lymph nodes have been removed, or impaired, after cancer treatment.

The results: Clothing, rings, watches and bracelet suddenly feel too tight, and you may experience an uncomfortable feeling of heaviness and fullness in the limbs.

Researcher Receives Grant for Study of Childhood T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Treatments

Monday July 28, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Dr. Marta Sanchez-Martin from the Dr. Adolfo Ferrando Lab in the Institute of Cancer Genetics received a $20,000 grant from the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research and the Vs. Cancer Foundation to support her work in the identification of new drugs and drug combinations for the treatment of childhood T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (T-cell ALL).

Research supports FDA warning about a medical device that could spread cancer

Monday July 28, 2014 at 11:31 AM

“This is an answer to some of those criticisms and might mitigate the concerns of those who disagree with the FDA figures,” said Jason D. Wright, lead author of the study and chief of the gynecologic oncology division at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. “With the FDA figures, they used older studies that just looked at pathology reports for women who underwent hysterectomies — this is a study of recent patients, and also these are numbers specific to women who actually underwent an electric power morcellation,” he said.

Palliative Care--An Extra Layer of Support

Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 10:53 AM

When you hear the words, “palliative care” this does not mean that there are no more treatment options or at that you are at the end of your life.

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses, like cancer. It is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.