Winthrop Celebrates Survivors

Vol. 17, No. 2
Spring/Summer 2007

  • Hand and Feet - From Buttoning to Toe-tapping, they're the 'Every Day' Tools

  • Advanced Wound Healing Comes to Winthrop

  • Winthrop Selected as National Training Center for CyberKnife�

  • Winthrop Celebrates Survivors

  • Healthy KIDS Takes the Show on the Road

  • Precious Purls Project Knits Memories for New Moms & Babies

  • Volunteer Louise Mazzaro Saluted for 33,500 Hours of Service

  • Smiles for Scott Foundation Brings Smiles to Pediatric Patients

  • Smiles for Scott Foundation Brings Smiles to Pediatric Patients

  • Golfers Raise More than $400,000 Under Sunny Skies at Winthrop�s 22nd Annual Golf Tournament

  • 10th Annual Opera Night Hits a High Note

  • First Annual Black & White Ball Raises More than $300,000 for CCK

  • Sleep Disorders Center Achieves Fourth Reaccreditation

  • Travel Smart: Visit Winthrop's Travel Center

  • Miracle Foundation Makes Second Grant of $50,000

  • Research at Winthrop Addresses Vioxx Heart Attack Risk

  • Accolades for Winthrop

  • New Smoke-Free Campus Policy

  • Michael Magro Foundation Donates VeinViewer Imaging System

  • Annual Swim-a-Thon Makes a Splash for Pediatrics

  • New Music Therapy Program Helps Patients Cope

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  • Robert Braithwaite (left) celebrates with Harry Staszewski, MD, Chief, Oncology/ Hematology and Chairman of the Cancer Survivors Day committee, at Winthrop's ninth annual Cancer Survivors Day dinner dance.
    It is one of the greatest challenges that many people will face - the diagnosis of cancer. At Winthrop-University Hospital, patients find all of the resources they need to put up their best fight. From the latest diagnostics to the most advanced treatment, Winthrop's Institute for Cancer Care provides comprehensive medical and support services to ensure the highest level of care to patients.

    Major advances in cancer prevention, early detection and treatment have had a tremendous impact on survivorship. And, with the trend in survival rates for all cancer sites combined rising significantly, Winthrop has been at the forefront of a movement to provide long term follow-up care to ensure quality of life for all survivors.

    "Year after year the number of patients surviving cancer continues to increase," said Harry Staszewski, MD, Chief, Division of Oncology/Hematology at Winthrop. "But even a patient who has been completely cured of cancer has health needs that require special attention. From dealing with the anxieties about recurrence to monitoring for long-term side effects of treatments, Winthrop is committed to providing continued care for all of its patients."

    Generation of Survivors: The Pat Lyons Long Term Follow-Up Program

    Treatment of childhood cancer has become increasingly successful, with a current overall cure rate of more than 75 percent. But survivors of childhood cancers can face other challenges later on, including psychosocial issues and physical late effects from the life-saving treatments.

    Winthrop's Cancer Center for Kids, with support from the Pat Lyons Foundation, has created an innovative and unique program called "Generation of Survivors." The program, open to childhood cancer survivors regardless of where they received treatment, not only provides appropriate follow-up care, but educates participants about diagnosis, treatment and the potential late effects of their disease.

    Dr. Mark Weinblatt addresses a group of childhood cancer survivors and their loved ones at the first Generation of Survivors conference "Where Do We Go From Here?" Hosted by the Cancer Center for Kids, with the support of the Pat Lyons Foundation and in collaboration with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the workshop addressed topics concerning the late effects of childhood cancer as well as the psychological and educational needs of childhood cancer survivors.

    First Cancer Survivors Educational Workshop

    Winthrop's Institute for Cancer Care hosted an educational forum for cancer survivors and their guests on June 27. More than 100 people attended the workshop, which included sessions on breakthroughs in research and technology; living with cancer as a chronic disease; nutrition during cancer treatment and beyond; and coping with cancer from a patient and family perspective.

    Survivors Dinner Dance

    Nearly 550 people attended Winthrop's ninth annual Cancer Survivors Day dinner dance on June 6. The uplifting and inspirational evening gave survivors and their loved ones the opportunity to celebrate life as they reunited with staff from Winthrop's Institute for Cancer Care and shared experiences during an evening that was marked by laughter, joy and hope.

    Survivorship Education for Quality Care

    Members of Winthrop's cancer care team - Julie Mischo, RN, Cancer Care Coordinator and Trish Schussler, ACSW, LMSW, Oncology Social Worker - have been selected to attend a three-day course titled Survivorship Education for Quality Cancer Care in July. The course, which will be presented by City of Hope Cancer Center in California, is supported by the National Cancer Institute to promote expertise in follow-up care for cancer survivors.

    Back in the Game

    Even children and adolescents need help rebounding physically after treatment for cancer. When Peter Menges' eight-year-old son Bobby was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, the Garden City resident came up with a plan to help him get his strength, balance, flexibility and confidence back after treatment. Working with healthcare professionals at Winthrop's Cancer Center for Kids and fitness professionals at Professional Athletic Performance Center in Garden City, Menges spearheaded the creation of "Back in the Game." The 12-week program helps young cancer survivors to re-develop agility, dexterity and overall fitness.

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