WINTHROP HOSTS PANCREATIC CANCER AWARENESS DAY
When it comes to prevention strategies and innovative therapies and treatment options for pancreatic cancer, there’s no question Winthrop-University Hospital is a regional leader. Eager to hear from a team of Winthrop experts from various specialties whose multidisciplinary collaboration provides patients with the best possible care, nearly 100 community members gathered for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day at Winthrop on November 9, 2013.
Present at Winthrop’s Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day were (l.-r.) Christine Guarnieri, RN, OCN, Colorectal/GI nurse navigator at Winthrop; medical oncologist Alexander Hindenburg, MD; Stavros Stavropoulos, MD, Director of Endoscopy and Director of the Program in Advanced GI Endoscopy at Winthrop; Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau); John Allendorf, MD, Vice Chairman of Surgery and Head of Winthrop’s Pancreatic Cancer Program; and Barbara Moskowitz, ANP-C , Surgical Oncology Nurse Practitioner at Winthrop.
Stavros Stavropoulos, MD, Director of Endoscopy and Director of the Program in Advanced GI Endoscopy at Winthrop, addresses the crowd at the November 9 Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day event.
“Underpinning state-of-the-art technologies and techniques for every stage of cancer care, the foundational principle that we rely on to cultivate best outcomes is as simple as it gets – multidisciplinary communication,” said John Allendorf, MD, Vice Chairman of Surgery and Head of Winthrop’s Pancreatic Cancer Program. Dr. Allendorf is a renowned surgeon who has pioneered several robotic and minimally invasive treatments for patients with pancreatic cancer who were previously thought to be untreatable. “When you bring various disciplines together, you get different perspectives on the treatments we’re able to offer patients. We were pleased that through this program, we were able to provide the community with some insight into our team approach to care,” he added.
In addition to the impressive roster of Winthrop speakers which included Dr. Allendorf, Michael Ammazzalorso, MD, Winthrop’s Chief Medical Officer; Stavros Stavropoulos, MD, Director of Endoscopy and Director of the Program in Advanced GI Endoscopy at Winthrop; medical oncologist Alexander Hindenburg, MD; and genetic counselor Donna Blumenthal, MS, Senator Kemp Hannon greeted and addressed the audience.
“Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States, and approximately 279,000 people worldwide are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer annually, and sadly more than 266,000 die from the disease,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). “Winthrop’s pancreatic specialists, in hosting Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day, discussed their cutting-edge techniques and innovations.”
In addition to hearing from each of the day’s speakers as well as from the Lustgarden Foundation, attendees heard inspiring survivor accounts and had the opportunity to ask questions to the panel of experts at the conclusion of the program.
“It was most definitely a successful event and we look forward to bringing the community more programs of this nature in the future,” said Barbara Moskowitz, ANP-C, Surgical Oncology Nurse Practitioner at Winthrop.
For more information about pancreatic cancer care at Winthrop, visit www.winthrop.org or call 1-866-WINTHROP.
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