Brewster, N.Y. – 10/15/2013 – In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month Senator Greg Ball, (R, C, I – Patterson), has announced that ten patients from throughout the area have undergone Intra-Operative Radiation Therapy (IORT) with medical equipment that was partly purchased thanks to a $150,000 grant announced by Senator Greg Ball last year.
Senator Ball joined the Hudson Valley Hospital Center in October of last year to announce a $150,000 to be used to purchase equipment that will allow the Ashikari Breast Center at Hudson Valley Hospital Center to perform inter-operative radiation therapy on women undergoing breast cancer surgery.
“I am delighted to announce that ten patients have been treated by this new medical equipment at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. It is a great honor to be able to work with the hospital 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,” said Senator Greg Ball. “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.”
The Hospital chose to use the grant money to buy the Intra-Operative Radiation Therapy 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.
“In the past, a woman with early stage breast cancer would have needed to travel out of the area for this treatment – or elected to have six to six and a half weeks of daily radiation treatment. HVHC is only the second IORT center in Westchester County bringing this innovative approach to care close to home,” said Anne Campbell Maxwell, administrative director of oncology services at the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center.
“Cancer patients should not have to add extra travel to their already hectic lives during such a stressful time,” said Federspiel Hudson Valley Hospital President John Federspiel during the 2012 announcement. “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 Therapy 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.
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.
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