HUDSON VALLEY HOSPITAL CENTER RECEIVES $150,000 GRANT TO IMPROVE BREAST CANCER CARE
Ashikari Breast Center to add Intra-Operative Radiation
Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. – (10/18/12) – Women treated for breast cancer at Hudson Valley Hospital Center will have more choices thanks to a $150,000 grant received today from New York State with the help of Senator Greg Ball (R,C-Patterson)
The money will be used to purchase equipment that will allow the Ashikari Breast Center at Hudson Valley Hospital Center to perform inter-operative radiation on women undergoing breast cancer surgery.
“The Ashikari Breast Center at Hudson Valley Hospital Center offers women the best cancer care close to home,’’ said breast cancer surgeon Dr. Andrew Ashikari. “Now women who could benefit from intra-operative radiation don’t have to travel elsewhere to get it. This is a great addition to our center and a victory for women with breast cancer.’’
“The stresses associated with battling breast cancer are overwhelming and providing world class services locally, without the additional stress of travel and hardship of leaving the familiarity of their community, is exactly why I couldn’t be happier to deliver this $150,000 grant for the Hudson Valley Hospital Center. I am proud to assist in making the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center the destination of choice for cancer patients in the Hudson Valley,” said Senator Greg Ball. “It is a great honor to be able to deliver this money for the hard working doctors, nurses, staff and the entire Hudson Valley Hospital Center community, especially as we embrace the struggles of our mothers, sisters, aunts and other beloved ones during breast cancer awareness month.”
Hudson Valley Hospital President John Federspiel said the Hospital chose to use the grant money to buy the intra-operative radiation equipment because it is committed to making the Hospital’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center the destination of choice for cancer patients in the Hudson Valley.
“Cancer patients should not have to add extra travel to their already hectic lives during such a stressful time’’ said Federspiel. “The philosophy of our Cancer Center is to provide quality, comprehensive cancer care close to home. It should be no different when it comes to women who choose to have intra-operative radiation.’’
Intra-operative radiation (IORT) allows the surgeon to administer a single, high dose of radiation directly to the area where the cancer was while the underlying breast tissue is still exposed during surgery. This treatment can be given during lumpectomy surgery in which the cancer is removed, but breast is preserved. The procedure takes about two minutes and can eliminate the need for additional radiation treatments after surgery.
“Not everyone is a candidate for IORT, but in many women undergoing a lumpectomy it provides a less stressful option to traditional whole breast radiation treatments,” said Dr. Pond Kelemen of the Ashikari Breast Center.
The Ashikari Breast Center opened at Hudson Valley Hospital Center in July 2011 and is located in the Hospital’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Leaders in their field, The Ashikari team has pioneered a breast reconstruction procedure that has attracted women from all over the world, most notably a nipple-sparing procedure that allows them to remove cancerous or potentially cancerous breast tissue, minimizing the trauma of a mastectomy. Many women, including those who are cancer-free, but have high-genetic risk and are seeking prophylactic surgery, favor this approach.
For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Joe Bachmeier at (845) 200-9716.