Winthrop-University Hospital's 18th Annual Cancer Survivor's Day dinner, held this summer, was filled with hope and joy as patients, their family members and friends joined with Winthrop staff to participate in the annual "Celebration of Life." And what a celebration it was, as more than 300 people filled the Carltun on the Park in East Meadow to enjoy a three-course meal, dancing, and inspirational words from survivors and Winthrop’s world-class physicians.
Winthrop's Eva Chalas, MD, Chief of Gynecologic Oncology and Director of Clinical Cancer Services, and Al Glover, Chief Operating Officer, each welcomed guests, praising the resilience and fortitude of patients and their caregivers. The speakers acknowledged the advances that have been made in treating the disease, citing the increase in those who are now living with the disease and navigating survivorship. Jeffrey Schneider, MD, Chief of Hematology and Medical Oncology, also spoke and highlighted this increase in survivorship and Winthrop’s continued commitment to the patient and cancer services.
Helmet Tschoegl, a pancreatic cancer survivor, shared his story, along with his philosophy of the benefits of maintaining a positive attitude, even though at times it can be difficult. Mr. Tschoegl was treated with radiation, chemotherapy and surgery in 2014, and currently leads a very active life. He urged fellow survivors to "get out of the chair and do something positive for your health."
In his keynote address, Aaron Katz, MD, Chairman of Urology, provided a moving account of the challenges both patients and their loved ones experience, sharing his personal story of a close family member who battled cancer twice. As a physician and one who has also been impacted by cancer, his story contained a compassionate and empathetic message of hope and resilience for the audience.
In addition to the memorable dinner, Winthrop offered a Cancer Survivor’s Educational Workshop which focused on nutrition, CyberKnife® therapy, and the benefits of nurse navigation through diagnosis and survivorship.
Winthrop's Cancer Center is an award-winning place of healing and hope, certified by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer, as well as the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. With all the resources of a world-class, patient-centered facility, the Center delivers exceptional, highly specialized care for virtually every type of cancer. It is the recipient of the 2016 Women's Choice Award for America's Best Hospitals Cancer Care.
For more information about cancer services at Winthrop, call 1-866-WINTHROP or visit www.winthrop.org.