Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Local Success Stories

Health professionals share encouraging news about battling breast cancer with new facilities, treatments, and tests


October has become the month to focus on breast cancer. Health professionals around the Hudson Valley agree that the disease has changed in recent years with a much better survival rate, especially when the cancer is detected early.


Early Detection Saves Lives

Pointing to prevention as one of the best hopes of success, Robbi Kempner, MD, FACS, medical director of The Breast and Women’s Health Services Center at Nyack Hospital, explains how testing has become so much more advanced in recent years. “Annual mammograms do not prevent breast cancer, but they are one of the best ways to detect breast cancer very early,” says Dr. Kempner. “The success rate of treating early cancer is now well above 95 percent.”

St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital's (SLCH) Littman Cancer Center also provides compassionate cancer care with the latest technologies. Lois Drabick, a Cornwall resident, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2016. Under the care of her physician, Drabick underwent both chemotherapy and radiation therapy at SLCH. SLCH's Radiation Oncology Department is led by a new Medical Director, Shana Coplowitz, MD, a board certified Radiation Oncologist, joining the hospital from the Montefiore Health System. Dr. Coplowitz works directly with a Montefiore physicist, providing patients with New York City care, right in their backyard. "It's a beautiful facility,” Drabick says. “The medical staff, and the entire team couldn't be better. Every patient who comes in those doors is treated with the upmost compassion and dedication."


Treating the Whole Patient

Lyda E. Rojas Carroll, MD, FACS, director of Breast Surgery at CareMount Medical, looks at breast surgery as just the beginning of the process when it comes to breast cancer. “Caring for a patient means caring for the whole person,” Dr. Rojas explains. “Our practice provides patients with a variety of alternative therapies including yoga and massage to aid in their healing. Patients often point to these therapies as key to the healing process.”


Keeping Treatment Close to home

Maria Theodoulou, MD recognized internationally for her breast cancer research, brings her expertise from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to New York Oncology Hematology (NYOH), which has seven cancer centers throughout the Hudson Valley and Capital Region. NYOH works with the community and has created a new space dedicated exclusively to breast cancer at its Hudson office. “We are creating new programs for young women diagnosed with breast cancer, in addition to support systems for men and women with breast cancer.  We are focusing on healthy lifestyle, sexual health, and bringing innovative new research to the clinical arena.”

Westchester Medical Center earned full three-year Accreditation with Commendation as an Academic Comprehensive Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer,” says Michael Fanucchi, MD, the network director, Oncology and Infusion Services of WMCHealth Network and WMCHealth Cancer Institute. “The WMCHealth Cancer Institute is committed to providing patients cutting-edge treatments, clinical trials, and support programs through multidisciplinary treatment teams that provide care for patients close to their homes.”


Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness

CareMount Medical, P.C.
90 South Bedford Rd
Mount Kisco

Dental Design Studio
46 Fox St, Suite 3

Hudson Valley Eye Surgeons
Vassar Brothers Medical Mall
200 Westage Business Center Dr, Suite110

Loomis Plastic Surgery
225 Dolson Ave, Suite 302

Mother Earth’s Storehouse
300 Kings Mall Ct

1955 South Rd

249 Main St

New York Oncology Hematology
Hudson Office
69 Prospect St

Nyack Hospital
160 North Midland Ave

St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital
70 DuBois St

Westchester Medical Center
100 Woods Rd

Windsor Dental
375 Windsor Hwy
New Windsor