Emergency Preparedness for People with Breast Cancer

In the past few weeks, devastating hurricanes and earthquakes have forced people out of their homes and away from their cancer care facilities, highlighting a need for better education and preparedness surrounding the medical consequences of natural disasters. Emergency situations such as a hurricane, earthquake, blizzard, flood, or blackout, are unpreventable and can drive a city into disarray in a matter of hours – but the more preemptive thinking and planning that people do prior to a catastrophic event, the better equipped they will be to respond. This is especially true for people with cancer, who must be particularly cautious during such times, as they are often more susceptible to infection or injury.

Follow these tips to help minimize the harm that a natural disaster or public emergency can cause to your personal health:

Travel with Caution
Since extreme weather can cause travel delays both on roads and throughout public transportation, be sure to allow extra time to make it to your appointment safely. You may also want to consider staying in a hotel near the Breast Center to avoid hazardous commuting conditions before and after your appointment, especially if you’ll be in and out of the facility more than once within a few days. Some programs, such as the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Manhattan and Extended Stay America’s Hotel Keys of Hope help to alleviate the financial burden of traveling away from home to receive treatment by offering guest rooms for people undergoing cancer care. If you are uncertain about travel conditions, call Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian’s (WCM/NYP) emergency hotline at 212-746-9262.

Know Your Info
Be aware of your exact diagnosis and disease stage, as well as where you are in the chemotherapy or radiation treatment cycle (if applicable). If you are a participant in a clinical trial, know the trial number, principal investigator (PI), and treatments involved. Should you forget any details pertaining to your medical records, you can easily consult Weill Cornell Connect, WCM/NYP’s secure online health connection that allows you to communicate with your doctor, access test results, request prescription refills, and manage appointments – anywhere, anytime.

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Wishing everyone a safe fall and winter season!

Breast Cancer: Second Chances and New Advances

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this Saturday, WABC-TV will air a special feature, “Breast Cancer: Second Chances & New Advances” at 7:30PM. Hosted by Eyewitness News Anchor, Diana Williams, the breast cancer special highlights new advances that are helping those who are newly diagnosed or dealing with a recurrence.

While scientists work on the search for a cure, exciting progress has been made for those dealing with the worst form of breast cancer, triple negative breast cancer (TNBC). Dr. Linda Vahdat from the Weill Cornell Breast Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital talks about the effects of copper depletion in the body. In addition to hearing about promising clinical trial results, hear from participating survivors who are living proof of the progress being made in the fight against TNBC, with hopes of FDA approval in the near future.

Additionally, doctors and researchers from other area medical centers share the latest on breast conservation for patients who have had a recurrence and new advances in immunotherapy offering targeted treatments for survivors.

This annual special is part of WABC-TV’s commitment to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. Learn more.

Cancer Care: The Next Generation

cancer-care-the-next-generationOn Saturday, September 17th, tune in or set your DVR for a thirty-minute special airing on ABC7 at 7:30pm.

It’s your ticket to unparalleled access to the cancer experts and research labs from a wide-range of specialties throughout the New York Presbyterian Medical Center.

Cancer research and breakthroughs seem to be everywhere in the news lately. Hear about how the fight against cancer is evolving from those on the front lines. Additionally, learn about the latest hi-tech tools and most cutting-edge approaches to fighting cancer, and how integrative mind-body therapies can help with managing the side effects of treatment.

Learn more about this special and be sure to tune in!

NewYork-Presbyterian has been voted by the U.S. News and World Report as New York’s number one hospital for 16 straight years.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Ranked as New York Best Hospital

Earlier this week the U.S. News and World Report released their annual survey of “Best Hospitals”. NewYork Presbyterian one of the country’s largest and most comprehensive hospitals was ranked New York’s No. 1 hospital for the 16th year in a row, and No. 6 ranked hospital in all of the United States. Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi, interim dean of Weill Cornell Medicine commented,

“Our esteemed physicians and scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine always put patients first, providing them with the finest, most comprehensive care so that they can live their healthiest lives. Together we create one of the top academic medical centers in the United States, motivated by a shared commitment: to drive excellence in healthcare and truly make a difference in New York and beyond.”

This commitment is shared by the physicians, researchers, and staff in the Weill Cornell Breast Program.