WCM/NYP Partners with LLS to Host Blood Cancer Survivorship Event

Thanks to a valued partnership with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (WCM/NYP) were proud co-hosts of “Life Beyond Blood Cancer,” a free educational event for patients and caregivers. The program explored various aspects of survivorship as experienced by people with lymphoma, leukemia, myeloma and other blood cancers.

The event drew in nearly 100 members of the New York metropolitan area’s blood cancer community for an evening of shared information and inspiration. Speakers included a range of experts across the WCM/NYP cancer care team, as well as blood cancer survivors who shared their experience and insight into living with Hodgkin lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

Here are a few highlights:

WCM/NYP Lymphoma Program Chief Dr. Peter Martin explained that innovative advancements in personalized medicine, immunotherapy, and targeted therapy have positively influenced blood cancer survival rates. Almost 1.5 million people in the United States are living with lymphoma, leukemia or myeloma. Dr. Martin noted that as patients are living longer, more clinical attention should be focused on treating the whole patient and his/her needs, as opposed to treating just the cancer cells within the body.

Alan Astrow, Chief of Hematology and Oncology at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, explained that a cancer diagnosis can affect a patient’s life in ways that exceed the strictly medical, and many patients welcome discussion about their spiritual, religious and existential concerns. Dr. Astrow advocated for increased communication between physicians and patients regarding spiritual needs, since a clear understanding of a patient’s hopes, fears and values can provide guidance when making decisions in the face of medical uncertainty.

Kelly Trevino, PhD, a clinical psychologist at WCM/NYP with a specialization in psychosocial oncology, discussed strategies for managing the anxiety that often accompanies a cancer diagnosis. Threatening situations like cancer can lead to worry and nervousness, muscle tension, shortness of breath, tingling/numbness and difficulty concentrating – all of which can have a negative impact on quality of life. Coping strategies include deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, pursuit of distracting activities and even scheduled “worry time” to prevent anxious thoughts from infiltrating the entire day.

Three survivors across varying ages and diagnoses then shared the ups and downs of their treatment and post-treatment journeys and provided the audience with insight into life beyond cancer.

We at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital are honored to be able to offer educational programs and resources to people affected by cancer, and we are committed to doing our best to address the needs of our patient community throughout all stages of the cancer journey.

The event concluded with an interactive question-and-answer session between the speakers and audience, moderated by WCM/NYP outpatient oncology social worker Susan Marchal, LCSW.


Pounding the Pavement for a Cause that Hits Home

As the Director of the Adolescent and Young Adults (AYA) Lymphoma Program, Dr. Lisa Roth has a unique ability to empathize with her patients. Three years ago, Dr. Roth herself was diagnosed with lymphoma. As an oncologist, she was used to confronting cancer every day, but never on such a deeply personal level. Not unlike many of her patients, she went from being young and healthy to facing a life-threatening illness with no warning.

After successfully undergoing chemotherapy, Dr. Roth’s lymphoma was in remission and she made running part of her recovery process. Six months after finishing cancer treatment, she ran her first race in the New York Road Runners Mini 10K.

(L-R) Dr. Lisa Roth and her son Zachary with Mana and Sammy after the 2016 Mini 10K.

Last weekend Dr. Roth returned to run the 2016 Mini 10K, but this year she was running for one of her precocious pediatric patients.

For Sammy, a six-year-old who has been battling leukemia for almost two years, his days are filled with not only play dates, ninjas and superheroes, but also routine visits to Weill Cornell and NewYork Presbyterian Hospital for chemotherapy and other procedures related to his diagnosis.

“Sammy and his family are a true inspiration,” says Roth. As part of “Team Sammy” Dr. Roth, along with Sammy’s mom Mana and a team of 12 people, ran the 10K and raised nearly $18,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, proving you don’t need superpowers to make a difference in the fight against blood cancer.

For Dr. Roth, it’s also personal. “This was my first race as a new mom. I owe my life and opportunity to be a mom to research funded by groups like the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” says Roth.

Learn more about Dr. Roth and Team Sammy, as they were recently featured on the New York Road Runners website.

NewYork-Presbyterian ‘Light the Night Walk’ Team for LLS

NewYork-Presbyterian is forming a team for Light The Night Walk. Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s evening walk and fundraising event. It is the nation’s night to pay tribute and bring hope to thousands of people battling blood cancers and to commemorate loved ones lost. By joining our team and raising funds for this important cause, you’ll be making a real impact on the fight against cancer. Patients, friends and family are welcome to join the NewYork-Presbyterian team.

Light the Night Walk

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
5:30pm NYP Team Photo
6:15pm Remembrance Ceremony

Basketball City
Pier 36, 299 South Street, New York, NY
(Look for RED NYP Team T-Shirts)

Click here to join the NYP Light the Night Team

NYP team t-shirts will be available starting Monday, September 10.
In order to pick up your T-shirt, you must printand bring a copyof your email registration to one of the following locations:

NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia Campus
Public Affairs Office, 627 West 165th Street, 6th floor, Room 621
Contact:Nancy Gautier-Matos @ 212-305-5587 or gautier@nyp.org

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Campus
1300 York Avenue (at 69th Street), 2nd floor, Room F-203
Contact:Christine Dillon @ 212-746-2057 or chw9040@nyp.org

For  additional information, please call
Christine Dillon @ 212-746-2057 or chw9040@nyp.org

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