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Gilda’s Club OPEN HOUSE Feb. 7 at HVHC Cancer Center

Gilda’s Club Westchester, a leader in support for cancer patients and their families, invites men and women who have been newly diagnosed with cancer to a new support group called “Living with Cancer.” An Open House is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center at 1978 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor.  The group will meet every first and third Thursday of the month from 6-7:30 p.m. at HVHC’s Cancer Center. For more information,  programs, call  Miranda Dold at 914-644-8844.

More Choices for Breast Cancer Treatment at HVHC Thanks to IORT Grant

Women treated for breast cancer at Hudson Valley Hospital Center will have more choices thanks to a $150,000 grant the Hospital is to receive from New York State with the help of Senator Greg Ball. The money will help to pay for equipment that will allow the Ashikari Breast Center at Hudson Valley Hospital Center to perform intra-operative radiation on women undergoing breast cancer surgery. The procedure will be available to patients starting the second week in November.

“The Ashikari Breast Center at Hudson Valley Hospital Center offers women the best cancer care close to home,’’ said breast cancer surgeon Dr. Andrew Ashikari today at a press conference at the Hospital. “Now women who could benefit from intra-operative radiation don’t have to travel elsewhere to get it. This is a great addition to the Hospital and a victory for women with breast cancer.’’ “Not everyone is a candidate for IORT, but in many women undergoing a lumpectomy it provides a less stressful option to traditional whole breast radiation treatments,” said Dr. Pond Kelemen .

Sen. Greg Ball said he was happy to advocate for his community in Albany.“The stresses associated with battling breast cancer are overwhelming and providing world class services locally, without the additional stress of travel and hardship of leaving the familiarity of their community is exactly why I couldn’t be happier to deliver this $150,000 grant to the Hudson Valley Hospital Center. I am proud to assist in making the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center the destination of choice for cancer patients in the Hudson Valley,” said Senator Greg Ball. “It is a great honor to be able to deliver this money for the hard working doctors, nurses, staff and the entire Hudson Valley Hospital Center community, especially as we embrace the struggles of our

Intra-operative radiation (IORT) allows selected breast cancer patients undergoing breast preservation surgery to receive one dose of radiation while asleep during surgery, compared with 6-1/2 weeks of radiation after surgery. In higher risk patients, it is used to boost the surgical cavity with radiation to reduce the post-op radiation to only 5 weeks. Women who undergo IORT only and develop a recurrence can then undergo a repeat lumpectomy and whole breast radiation, while those who get standard radiation and develop a recurrence are recommended to have a mastectomy. The Ashikari Breast Center has participated in the largest international trial of IORT and will be active in the American trial, which will begin soon.

Welcome to Our New Website

All of us at The Ashikari Breast Center would like to welcome you to our new and improved website. We have not only changed the look and feel of the site, but have added new exciting features for our patients. We have updated the breast health information pages and link you to the best healthcare sites for further resources. We provide you with local caregivers who supplement our services in traditional and non-traditional techniques. In addition to this regularly updated blog, Dr. Kelemen has a twitter feed that you can join or review at the website. Keep checking this blog site at this website or on our Facebook page for discussions of new topics and controversies in women’s health issues. We hope these changes improve our services and welcome our viewers to contact us with comments or ideas for improvement.


We now have two Ashikari Breast Centers, located in lower and upper Westchester county. Our original center is still located within The Dobbs Ferry Pavilion of St John’s Riverside Hospital at Dobbs Ferry. Our new center is in Cortlandt Manor at The Cancer Center of The Hudson Valley Hospital Center. All of our physicians are working at both sites, Monday through Friday. Both breast centers have up-to-date digital mammography, modern ultrasound, and breast MRI services as well as intra-operative radiation capability. Our outstanding plastic surgeons and medical oncologists have offices in the Hudson Valley Hospital’s Cancer Center with us. Our Dobbs Ferry office is nationally accredited by NAPBC and our northern office will be accredited within the year.