Brachytherapy Service Expands to New Island Hospital
Brachytherapy Expertise Benefits Patients at Winthrop’s Affiliate


Vol. 10, No. 2
June, 2000

  • Longer-Lasting Implants Used for Total Hip Replacement

  • Brachytherapy Service Expands to New Island Hospital
    Brachytherapy Expertise Benefits Patients at Winthrop’s Affiliate

  • New Technology Reduces Pain of Tonsillectomies

  • Tips for Safe Use of Insect Repellent Containing DEET

  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Six-Bed Vascular Stepdown Unit

  • Children’s Health Services Program:
    A Wealth of Information and Referrals

  • Pediatricians on Medical Mission to El Salvador

  • Stereotactic Technology System Expands the Parameters of ‘What is Operable’

  • Stroke Team Offers the Latest Treatments

  • Team Provides New Seizure Control Procedure for Children

  • MRI Unit Receives Three-Year Accreditation from the American College of Radiology

  • Emergency Department Receives Adelphi University Award

  • Ultra-fast, Multi-slice CT Scanner Installed in Radiology Department

  • Installation of Winthrop’s Auxiliary Officers

  • Lita Reilly Elected Auxilian of the Year

  • Annual Junior Volunteer Awards Ceremony

  • Focus on Home Care:
    Care without Compromise Comes Home

  • In the Swing of Things

  • Child Life Program Expands Hours and Services

  • Copyright

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  • Alan J. Katz, MD, JD, Director, Division of Radiation Oncology at Winthrop.
    A new collaborative arrangement with New Island Hospital, Bethpage, a fellow member of Long Island Health Network, allows oncology patients at New Island to receive treatment and therapies through Winthrop’s Radiation Oncology Division. This fruitful relationship between Winthrop, a tertiary teaching hospital, and New Island Hospital, a community healthcare facility of excellence, avails Bethpage and Farmingdale area residents of immediate access to Winthrop’s advanced technology.

    For the medically appropriate oncology patient, this could include treatment with the dual component Nomos Peacock® system at Winthrop, the most advanced technology available, both for computerized treatment planning and administration of radiation therapy. Patients diagnosed with prostate tumors may be candidates for radioactive seed implantation, or brachytherapy, through the collaboration of the two institutions. Alan J. Katz, MD, JD, Director, Division of Radiation Oncology at Winthrop, Jonathan Haas, MD, Faculty Attending Radiation Oncologist, who are members of New Island’s medical staff, and Winthrop’s physicists and ultrasound technologists, are now working closely with New Island’s physicians to ensure the proper level of care and therapy for oncology patients.


    Treating a patient with the dual component Nomos Peacock® system are Efrain Ortiz (L), Dosimetrist, Jonathan Haas, MD, (C) Faculty Attending Radiation Oncologist, and Jinchu Huang, PhD, Radiation Oncology Physicist.
    Brachytherapy, a sophisticated, one-time ambulatory treatment for organ-confined prostate tumors, involves the implantation of radioactive seeds in the prostate gland. Radiation therapy is then administered, with the seeds delivering the therapeutic rays to the tumor. Consults and planning for brachytherapy are accomplished at Winthrop, and the implantation of the seeds can take place at either institution.

    Using advanced computerized technology, Winthrop’s Radiation Oncology team plans the placement of the seeds to achieve maximum therapeutic impact. With the expert assistance of Winthrop’s radiation physicists, Drs. Katz and Haas channel the appropriate level of therapeutic radiation to each area of the tumor, bypassing the bladder and rectum. In this way, most adjacent healthy tissue is spared the radiation beams.

    Brachytherapy requires less than an hour, and patients return home the same day. “Data covering the last five years demonstrates that brachytherapy gives excellent tumor control,” said Dr. Katz. “Some patients undergo brachytherapy in combination with external beam radiation, provided at Winthrop.

    “We are pleased to work collaboratively with New Island’s physicians to provide quality brachytherapy consults, planning, and treatment for some prostate patients, and external beam radiation therapy for many other oncology patients,” said Dr. Katz.

    For further information on brachytherapy and external radiation beam therapy, call the Division of Radiation Oncology in Winthrop’s Institute for Specialty Care at (516) 663-2501.



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