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Palliative Care and Cancer Treatment

by Ayelet Spitzer, D.O., Supportive Care Specialist, Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care

Posted on November 27, 2017

A cancer diagnosis is frightening and often impacts patients on both a physical and an emotional level. It can actually lead to symptoms such as pain, nausea, anxiety and depression. These symptoms, as well as those that are caused by the cancer and/or the cancer treatment, can be eased through the incorporation of palliative medicine into the patient’s care plan.
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How Can I Manage My Diabetes?

by Adam Kelman, M.D., Endocrinologist, Valley Medical Group

Posted on November 21, 2017

Diabetes is a medical condition in which sugar or glucose levels build up in your bloodstream.
Managing diabetes is a daily challenge to keep blood sugar levels in the desired range.  Balancing the food you eat with exercise and medicine (if prescribed) will help you control your weight and keep your blood glucose in the healthy range.
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Tags: diabetes

Lung Cancer Screening

by Robert Korst, M.D., Chief, Oncology Surgical Services and Thoracic Surgery, The Valley Hospital; Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, The Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai

Posted on November 17, 2017

Screening for lung cancer with a low-dose CT scan can identify small nodules or other abnormalities in your lungs. Finding a problem at an early stage, before there are symptoms, may make it easier to treat.
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What Causes Congestive Heart Failure Hospitalizations?

by Cardiologist Kariann Abbate, M.D., Heart Failure Specialist, Heart Care for Women, Valley Medical Group

Posted on November 7, 2017

Heart failure (HF) affects approximately 5.7 million adults in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If not properly managed, HF can lead to frequent hospitalizations.  A heart failure hospitalization should be viewed as a sentinel event.  Five year survival after a heart failure hospitalization is only 20 percent, a prognosis that is worse than most cancer diagnoses. Importantly, if HF is properly managed by team of skilled heart failure clinicians, prognosis and quality of life can improve.   
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Tags: cardiology

Breast Cancer: Risk, Screening and Signs

by Laura Klein, M.D., Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Breast Center

Posted on October 17, 2017

October is a month that is known for pumpkin picking, hayrides and beautiful fall foliage. The month is also synonymous with breast cancer awareness and features walks, fundraisers and nationwide comradery to raise awareness, as well as funds, to beat the disease. This cause is as important as ever, with approximately 1 in 8 women in the United States developing invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. 
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Is Exercise Medicine?

by Don Tomaszewski, M.S., ATC/L, Director, Sports Institute/Medical Fitness/Outpatient Rehabilitation Medicine

Posted on October 10, 2017

You have probably heard that exercise is good for your health, but did you know that it can actually help to heal your body? Understanding the value of exercise is more important than ever since our nation is in the midst of an “inactivity epidemic.” This inactivity is the fourth leading cause of death nationwide and is responsible for 3.2 million deaths each year. The financial cost is also enormous—the medical repercussions of inactivity result in 102 billion dollars of US healthcare expenditures annually.
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Tags: Exercise

How Can I Decrease My Breast Cancer Risk?

by Eleonora Teplinsky, M.D., Director, Breast Medical Oncology, Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care

Posted on October 6, 2017

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women (except for skin cancers). One in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime with an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer in 2017. With these sobering statistics, a very common question is “How can I decrease my breast cancer risk?” There are many unavoidable risk factors for breast cancer including gender, age, family history, genetics, personal history of breast cancer, prior radiation to the chest, menstrual and pregnancy history, race/ethnicity, and certain breast changes. However, there are also several modifiable breast cancer risk factors that women can focus on to decrease their risk of breast cancer and to live a healthier life!
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Ovarian Cancer: Risk Factors, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

by Marie C. Welshinger, M.D., Medical Director, Gynecologic Oncology, Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care, and Eleonora Teplinsky, M.D., Director, Breast Medical Oncology, Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care

Posted on September 8, 2017

Ovarian cancer is the 9th most common cancer in women and although it only accounts for approximately 3 percent of cancers in women, it is responsible for the most deaths of any cancer involving the female reproductive tract. The American Cancer Society estimates 22,440 new ovarian cancers will be diagnosed and 14,080 deaths due to ovarian cancer will occur in the United States in 2017.
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Diagnosing Prostate Cancer

by Howard Frey, M.D., Medical Director, The Urologic Oncology Center, Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care

Posted on September 5, 2017

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men (after skin cancer), but it can be treated successfully. In fact, more than 2 million men in the U.S. count themselves as prostate cancer survivors. Most cases of prostate cancer occur in men older than 50, and two out of three cases are in men over 65.
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Preventing Strokes in Patients with AFib

by Suneet Mittal, M.D., Director, Electrophysiology, The Valley Hospital, and Medical Director, Snyder Center for Comprehensive Atrial Fibrillation.

Posted on September 5, 2017

Did you know that more than 3 million Americans are affected by atrial fibrillation? Atrial fibrillation, which is also referred to as AF or AFib, is the most common irregular or abnormal heart rhythm disorder. It decreases the heart’s pumping ability and can make the heart work less efficiently. In addition, patients must be aware that AFib can lead to potentially life-threatening problems such as blood clots and a higher risk of stroke.
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