Between 2012 and 2016, there were 13,064 new cases of female breast cancer in Nassau and Suffolk counties, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In response, New York State and Long Island healthcare systems continue to raise the bar in care and treatment for patients facing a breast cancer diagnosis, enhancing their approach from an emotional, physical, and physiological perspective and making it more accessible overall. To date, most healthcare systems have embraced a multidisciplinary approach to treating breast cancer, as well as innovative practices to improve their patients’ outcomes.
The Facilities Involved
- Mount Sinai is embracing new approaches to breast cancer surgery, utilizing oncoplastic techniques. Mount Sinai is also adding genetic testing programs, genetic counselors, and nurse navigation to its protocol in order to best serve patients with breast cancer.
- NYU Langone Medical Center and Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola united several years ago to enhance their healthcare networks on Long Island.
- The Perlmutter Center is researching immune therapy for triple negative breast cancer, participating in local and national clinical trials.
- Located in Uniondale, Memorial Sloan Kettering Nassau offers expert cancer care including chemotherapy, immunotherapy and radiation — with greater convenience for Long Islanders.
- Northwell’s multidisciplinary team allows for consultation and discussion to ascertain an appropriate plan of treatment for individual breast cancer patients.
- Catholic Health Services offers patients diagnosed with breast cancer treatment and services throughout Long Island. CHS’ six hospitals include Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown, St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, St. Francis Hospital The Heart Center in Roslyn, and St. Joseph Hospital in Bethpage.
Call to Action: With so many healthcare systems, resources, and dynamics at hand, breast cancer patients in the New York and Long Island areas should consider reaching out. Trialsite News can help make the connection.