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The Long Island 2 Day Breast Cancer Walk (LI2DAY) has awarded the Center for Breast Health at South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center with a $23,000 gift in support of its screening, early detection and diagnosis services for medically underserved and low income patients with suspected or confirmed breast cancer. This is the sixth consecutive year that LI2DAY has supported the program for a combined total of $173,500.
“The support and loyalty of LI2Day has been essential to the growth and success of our program,” said Christine Hodyl, DO, Director of Breast Health Services. “LI2Day has been a vital partner in our mission to provide top-notch, compassionate, quality care for the patients and communities we serve.”
According to the American Cancer Society there are about 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, including women who are still being treated. Underserved and minority women have the lowest survival and fastest-rising incidence rates for breast cancer in the U.S.
Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, nearly 400 walkers participated in the 2013 LI2DAY walk held June 8-9, raising more than $525,000 that is donated directly back to selected Long Island hospitals and community-based grassroots organizations. The two-day, 35-mile walk began Saturday morning at Smith Point County Park at the Fire Island barrier beach in Shirley and continued along safe and scenic Suffolk County roads with continuous support from the Suffolk County Police Department, a qualified medical team, and local ambulance personnel. After completing a 20-mile walk on Day 1, participants camped overnight at Cathedral Pines County Park in Middle Island. Walkers complete a 15-mile route back to Smith Point County Park on Sunday.
Accredited by the American College of Surgeons National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, South Nassau’s Center for Breast Health offers a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary breast care program, with a full spectrum of clinical and support services, from screening and diagnosis to treatment and counseling. Early detection is the focus of South Nassau’s Complete Women’s Imaging (CWI), PC, which is a designated Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. Led by Abraham Port, MD, medical director and director of breast imaging, and George Autz, MD, medical director and director of breast MRI services, CWI uses an array of state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies, including digital mammography, high resolution ultrasound and MRI of the breast, to detect breast disease in its earliest stage. Minimally invasive procedures can detect breast cancer long before it becomes a serious threat to your health and wellness.
If a tumor or abnormality is detected, the Center for Breast Health offers the most advanced treatments for breast cancer and breast health complications and uses targeted surgical techniques that aim to preserve as much of the healthy breast and surrounding areas as possible. This includes Contura™ multi-channel and Mammosite® single-channel balloon brachytherapy techniques, which utilize a balloon catheter to deliver highly localized radiation to the lumpectomy bed; breast-conserving surgery (commonly known as lumpectomy), in which only the tumor or abnormality is removed from the breast; or mastectomy, an operation in which the whole breast is removed. For invasive breast cancer, these procedures may be accompanied by a sentinel lymph node biopsy or axillary lymph node dissection if needed.
Oncoplastic surgical techniques are also offered. Oncoplasty combines surgical cancer removal with plastic surgery techniques to produce a superior cosmetic end result. Recommendations for whole-body or “systemic” treatments, such as hormonal therapy, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of two of the three therapies, may follow either surgical approach. If early-stage breast cancer is present, sentinel lymph node biopsy is used as an alternative to traditional lymph node dissection.
For more information about Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center or to schedule an appointment, please call 1-877-SOUTH-NASSAU.
South Nassau® Communities Hospital is one of the region’s largest hospitals, with 435 beds, more than 900 physicians and 3,000 employees. Located in Oceanside, NY, the hospital is an acute-care, not-for-profit teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art care in cardiac, oncologic, orthopedic, bariatric, pain management, mental health and emergency services. In addition to its extensive outpatient specialty centers, South Nassau provides emergency and elective angioplasty and is the only hospital on Long Island with the Novalis Tx™ and Gamma Knife® radiosurgery technologies. South Nassau is a designated Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health and Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons and is an accredited center of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Association and Quality Improvement Program.
Long Island 2 Day Breast Cancer Walk
Since its inception, the LI2DAY has raised more than $4 million from the annual 35-mile, two-day walk. LI2DAY helps fund programs that assist with medical expenses, transportation, prosthetics and wigs, physical therapy, child care and more. While researchers forge ahead to determine why breast cancer rates are so high on Long Island and to find a cure, LI2DAY will continue to raise awareness and much needed funds for the women and men in our community who are fighting breast cancer right now – emotionally, physically and financially.