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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.

Retired Staten Island cop cancer-free after clinical trial at NewYork-Presbyterian

Friday August 29, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong with Ed Ranieri.

It was early November of last year, and Ranieri, 62, had been in the hospital for over a month. The retired transit cop from Staten Island couldn't walk, let alone sit up. He had trouble speaking and hearing. His energy was zapped.

His daughter worked to get him transferred to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. There, he was put under the care of neuro-oncologist Dr. Yazmin Odia.

"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.

Finding hope: How creative radiation treatment saved her life and her baby's life -- while she was pregnant

Friday July 18, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Timmy Sternberg's first birthday party in June was a low-key celebration — just his parents, his three big brothers, and a homemade cake in the family’s Washington Heights apartment.

But the milestone was a particularly joyous moment for the Sternberg family and especially mom Pamela, who was 22 weeks pregnant with Timmy when she was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor called Glioblastoma multiforme.

U.S. News & World Report Announces 2014–15 Best Hospitals Rankings

Friday July 18, 2014 at 2:55 PM

U.S. News & World Report today released the 25th edition of the annual Best Hospitals rankings, freely available at usnews.com. Best Hospitals includes key information on nearly 5,000 medical centers nationwide.