3D mammogram machine (Photo courtesy of NYC Health + Hospitals)
By Sabina Mollot
With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Bellevue Hospital has recently invested in new 3D mammogram imaging technology, which studies have shown leads to earlier detection of breast cancer. The hospital has also purchased new biopsy machines, which are needed to read the images from the mammography technology, known as Digital Breast Homesynthesis.
Dr. Hildegard Toth, section chief of breast imaging at Bellevue, said the new technology was a very important development in breast imaging as it reduces false positives, which in turn reduces the chances patients will be called back for follow-up visits. According to peer-reviewed papers that have looked at the technology as used in 13 centers, the number of patients being called back for followup appointments was reduced by 15 percent.
It also is able to detect early cases of cancer, which means in those cases, patients have more options for treatment.
“Generally, these are small cancers, less aggressive and would not have been found otherwise,” Toth said.
The way the imaging system works is that it’s able to produce a series of images of the breast, which can then be broken down and reconstructed to show breast tissue in multiple slice-like sections, not unlike a loaf of bread.
“It affords the ability to reduce the effects of tissue overlap, because sometimes you have breast tissue that is superimposed and you’ll be unable to distinguish an abnormality from something that’s benign,” Toth said.
A previous breast cancer informational event at Bellevue Hospital
Bellevue Hospital and Metropolitan Hospital Center will host multiple breast health education events in May to emphasize to women in Manhattan that prevention, screening, and early detection are the best defenses against breast cancer. Patients can also schedule an appointment for a mammogram. It is recommended that women 40 and over schedule a mammogram every one to two years.
At Bellevue, 462 First Avenue (27th Street) a breast cancer informational event will be held in the atrium lobby on May 14, 21 and 28 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
At Metropolitan Hospital Center, 1901 First Avenue, a breast cancer informational event will be offered in the lobby on May 14 and 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
“It has been HHC’s mission and goal to help all New Yorkers live the healthiest life possible and we have been at the forefront of providing preventive health screenings in New York City,” said HHC President Dr. Ram Raju. “A mammography saves lives and we encourage people to make use of this opportunity to get screened.”
In 2014, hospitals in the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (Bellevue and Metropolitan’s parent organization) performed more than 103,000 mammograms.
Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh and State Senator Brad Hoylman at a mammogram event in December
Free mammograms outside Stuyvesant Town
Following a successful event last month in which women 40 and older were offered free mammograms outside of Stuyvesant Town, the mammogram van is back today.
The event sponsored by State Senator Brad Hoylman, is running now through 4 p.m. today on First Avenue between 16th and 17th Streets. Space is limited and appointments are mandatory. Call (800) 564-6868. All insurance plans accepted. Co-payments and deductibles waived. Free for women over 40.
Theater at the 14th Street Y presents ‘Kaddish’
“Kaddish,” a play based on Nobel Prize-winner Imre Kertész’s novel “Kaddish for an Unborn Child,” will run January 10-13 at the Theater at the 14th Street Y.
“Kaddish,” a one-man show featuring Jake Goodman and directed by Barbara Lanciers, comes to the Y following a critically-acclaimed run in Budapest this past June.
The play is an exploration of ritual and loss. It looks at a father’s unrelenting conflict over the absence of the child he never had during his ultimately doomed marriage. A Holocaust survivor, he had refused to bring a child into a world where horrors like the one he experienced can occur. The longing and regret that haunt this character give rise to one of the most eloquent meditations ever written on the Holocaust. The production is intimate, featuring a solo performance by Jake Goodman on a 10-foot square stage covered in dirt and light.
Performances (55 minutes in length) are Jan. 10 at 5 and 7 p.m., Jan. 11 at 11 a.m., 3 and 9 p.m., Jan. 12 at 1, 4 and 6 p.m. and Jan. 13 at 3 and 5 p.m. Tickets, $18, can be purchased at http://www.14streety.org/boxoffice or by calling 1-800-838-3006. The Theater at the 14th Street Y is located at 344 East 14th Street between First and Second Avenues.
Bobby Fulham memorial game set for January 11
On Saturday, January 11, 2014 the sixth annual Bobby Fulham Epiphany Alumni basketball game will be held at Xavier High School in the main gym, 30 West 16th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
Doors open for registration and warm-ups at 6 p.m. The ladies’ game is at 7 p.m. Men’s game to follow.
The late Bobby Fulham, a resident of Stuyvesant Town, was a good friend to many families in the neighborhood and was instrumental in getting the Epiphany Basketball Program to the level it is at today. Fulham lost his battle to cancer five years ago this past November. Every year many former players return to play in the game in his honor.
All of the proceeds of this year’s event will be donated to the CYO Basketball and the Epiphany School basketball program. Admission is a $20 donation, which includes a commemorative t-shirt, $5 for students and kids. Players are also asked to donate $20. All checks should be made out to CYO. For more information, contact Ray Curley (email@example.com), Tom Issing (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mike Nealy (Michael.email@example.com).
Bird walk on January 12
On Sunday, January 12 at 9 a.m., Anne Lazarus will lead a bird walk through Stuyvesant Cove Park and Stuyvesant Town. This free event will begin at the 20th street entrance to Stuyvesant Cove Park near the rocky outcropping, continue through the park and end in Stuyvesant Town. Possible bird sightings include several winter water birds as well as some interesting ducks. It is also hoped that the Varied Thrush, a rare bird recently spotted in Stuyvesant Town, will stay in the area until then. The walk will last approximately two hours and will take place even in the event of light rain. All are invited to participate and encouraged to bring cameras and binoculars. The Stuyvesant Cove Park Association would love to receive any photos of birds spotted on the walk. They can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kips Bay neighborhood Alliance fundraiser
The Kips Bay Neighborhood Alliance is holding a fundraiser at Hill & Bay, 581 Second Avenue, on Monday, January 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to raise awareness and membership. The event will give residents a chance to meet their neighbors, community leaders and local elected officials. The $20 suggestion donation for the event includes annual membership to the KBNA, one drink ticket and appetizers. There will also be a cash bar available. For more information, contact email@example.com.
MulchFest in Stuyvesant Town, Tompkins Sq. Park
Stuyvesant Town and Tompkins Square Park will be participating as chipping sites in MulchFest on Saturday, January 11 and Sunday, January 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
At this event, New Yorkers are encouraged to bring their discarded Christmas trees to be recycled into mulch. The site at Stuyvesant Town will be at the East 20th Street Loop and the site in Tompkins Square Park will be at East 7th Street between Avenues A and B. Free mulch will be available at each chipping site. Trees can also be brought to a drop-off site beginning on January 4 through January 12 to be recycled later. Special curbside collection for mulching and recycling of trees will be conducted by the Department of Sanitation from December 30 to January 15.
Coat drive at Oval Concierge through January 15
New York Cares is working with Community Partners in NYC to distribute coats to New Yorkers in need. A temporary bin has been set up at Oval Concierge to make it easy for PCV/ST residents to donate new or clean, gently used jackets and coats from Thursday, January 9 through Wednesday, January 15 at Oval Concierge (276 First Ave).
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Project Renewal’s Scan Van will be offering free mammograms to women over 40 on Monday, December 16, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. on First Avenue between 16th and 17th Streets.
All insurance plans are accepted, co-payments and deductibles are waived. Free for uninsured women over 40. Space is limited and appointments are required. For more information or to make an appointment, call (800) 564-6868. This event is being sponsored by Council Member Dan Garodnick and State Senator Brad Hoylman.
Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh is sponsoring a two-part event offering free flu shots and mammograms this month.
On Saturday, October 22, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., free mammograms will be offered on the south side of East 14th Street, between First and A Avenues, for women 40 years and older who have not had a mammogram in the past year. The service is free for everyone and all insurance is accepted without co-pay (uninsured are welcome too). An appointment is required. To make one, call (800) 564-6868. Continue reading →