March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Mar 10, 2016
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Learn more about events presented by the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital.
A Discussion With Physicians (CME Credits)
The Cancer Committee of NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital presents "Advances in the Interdisciplinary Management of Colon and Rectal Cancer"
Wednesday, March 30 – 5:30-7:00PM Dinner and Discussion
Note: 5:30PM Registration (advance registration of physicians and attendees required)
Speakers are: Daniel Feingold, MD, FACS, FASCRS, Colon and Rectal Surgeon at NYPMG/Columbia Doctors; Asim Aijaz, MD Medical Director at the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center; Lawrence Koutcher, MD, Medical Director, Radiation Oncology at the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center; and David Lin, MD, FACG, Gastroenterologist with Hudson Valley Digestive Health.
Call 914-293-8400 for more information.
To read a LoHud.com interview with Daniel Feingold, MD, FACS, FASCRS, click here. A member of the Division of Colorectal Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical School for more than a decade, Dr. Feingold discusses advances in treatment of colorectal cancer.
Health Fair Raises Awareness about Colorectal Cancer
Raising awareness about colon health and colorectal cancer, and encouraging action toward prevention were constant messages at a recent health fair presented by NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Hudson Valley Center for Digestive Health. Nearly 100 attendees learned about screenings, prevention and detection, as well as diet and nutrition tips.
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older, but can also be found in younger people. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
"People are most interested in education and learning more about ways to improve their health, including nutrition, screenings and scheduling a colonoscopy," said Marthia Nichols RN, MSN, MHA, OCN, CN-BN, Program Manager, Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center. "If people are waiting beyond 50 and 60 years of age, they are most likely doing that out of fear and/or avoidance of the preparation involved. I find a great majority of people are uninformed about the variety of preparation methods available. The truth is colorectal cancer is extremely preventable if it is detected early through appropriate screening."
Colorectal cancer is among the cancers treated frequently at the hospital’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, which also provides screenings for early detection. Opened in 2011 as part of a $100 million expansion on our Cortlandt Manor campus, the Cancer Center offers all cancer-related services in one location, including medical oncology, radiation oncology, infusion and support services. Our physicians, alongside an experienced Magnet nursing team, provide treatment for this and other cancers based on nationally recognized guidelines developed by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. NYP/Hudson Valley Hospital’s active participation in professional organizations assures that our patients benefit from the latest breakthroughs in diagnosis, treatment, testing and survivorship.
Held in the hospital’s main lobby, the fair also included Diane Santiago of Hudson Valley Center for Digestive Health, who noted that: "It affects every age group, but colon cancer is one of those cancers that, if caught early enough, it’s beatable and it’s treatable."
Nearby, Eric Kelly, LMFT, a clinical support counselor with Gilda’s Club Westchester, urged colon and colorectal cancer survivors to reach out for support if they have not already. "Certainly for some people talking with others about their cancer experience can be difficult," he said. "But so many people we speak to have found great comfort in knowing that there are other people who feel the same way they do."
Remember, We’re Here for You!
When you’re facing a chronic health condition or need to bond with others in a similar situation, NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital provides support groups that can help.
Living with Cancer Support Group, facilitated by Gilda’s Club Westchester and held at the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (at 1980 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor, NY), is meeting twice in March:
Thursday, March 3 – 6:00-7:30PM
Thursday, March 17 – 6:00-7:30PM
For more information, call 914.293.8400 or visit our "Events" listing.
The Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center offers all cancer-related services in one location, including radiation, infusion and support services. Our physicians, alongside an experienced Magnet nursing team, provide treatment based on nationally recognized guidelines developed by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Our active participation in professional organizations assures that our patients benefit from the latest breakthroughs in diagnosis, treatment, testing and survivorship. We treat a complete and comprehensive array of cancers, including the lung, breast, prostate, colorectal, stomach, blood and most common cancers. Nurse Navigators offer support and help plan treatment. For more information, click here or call 914-293-8400.