Nelson Cheng–A Man in Pink on Wednesdays

Yesterday (Wednesday October 24) our office along with the staff at Gramercy Surgery Center honored Mr. Nelson Cheng. Nelson is the Director of Operations at Gramercy Surgery Center in Manhattan where I do the bulk of my surgeries for breast cancer patients. Unbeknownst to me, Nelson wears a pink shirt every Wednesday, which is the day that I operate on breast cancer patients. It is on this day every week of the year that he honors those facing breast cancer…

Andrea Esposito–Breast Navigator

As a kickoff to Breast Cancer Awareness month October 2018: I am pleased to announce that Andrea Esposito has completed a rigorous course to be certified as a Breast Navigator (CN-BA) by the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC). Congratulations to her for her efforts. And the office is proud to add this certified service to all that we offer to patients in the office. In essence, she has operated as a Breast Navigator for many years. This certification confirms…

A Six Pack of Anesthesia

I received instruction in operating room behavior as a third year medical student. I knew how to scrub, glove, and gown, but hadn’t stood at the operating table, hadn’t seen my first operation until this moment. This was to be my maiden voyage into the unknown of the operating room, the OR. I scrubbed for five minutes as instructed and followed the attending surgeon and chief resident into the operating room. The head OR nurse took control of me, watched…

The C-word, Seafood Delicacies, and Constellations

The C-word (cancer) scares the hell out of us. A patent will plead, not wanting to utter this horrible word, “Please don’t tell me I have the C-word.” As a word, it is interesting. As a disease, cancer is frightening and formidable. Yet, it is highly interesting to study, to treat, and to hopefully conquer. A chief resident during my surgical training would refer to cancer as crab. On rounds he would refer to Mrs. So and So having a…

Feeling Rubenesque in the New Year? Pieter-Paul Rubens’ The Little Fur, 1638

Pieter-Paul Rubens is known for filling his Biblical and mythological paintings with half-clad round fleshy women, many of who are modelled after the woman shown here. She’s Rubens’ second wife, Helena Fourment, and he was really proud of her beauty, youth, and, indeed, her fleshiness.   Helena was the niece of his first wife, and she was very young when they married, only 16, when Rubens was 53. Even contemporaries were shocked by the age difference. Yet Rubens appeared to…

Mature Beyond Her Years

  She was 28 years old when she was diagnosed (on the right with myself and staff member). She will have survived breast cancer for many years before most women are having their first mammogram. Her post is long but nicely written and insightful for a young woman who was forced to grow up very quickly. IN HER OWN WORDS: Life was great; I’d graduated college, had an amazing career in Finance and I had recently enrolled in a Master’s program to further…

Faith, Belief, and a Favorable Outcome

It is Sunday and I turn to a survivor (in the middle with husband and a former staff member) with a deep spiritual outlook on curing breast cancer. IN HER OWN WORDS: By the grace of GOD almighty I am a breast cancer survivor. I met Dr. Kehoe in 2000. Prior to meeting Dr. Kehoe, I had been having my yearly mammogram. Two separate doctors who read the results always told me everything was good, clean and clear even in 2000. When…

I Took Hormones and Now I Take Hormone Blockers

The role of estrogen replacement therapy in the development of breast cancer remains controversial, but not for this survivor (pictured on the right). Now she takes estrogen blockers. IN HER OWN WORDS: I am 64 years old. When I turned 60 in June  2013 I thought it was going to be a special year. My daughter was having her first child and this was such a joy and blessing  I was due for a mammogram in the month of August…

I Beat Homelessness and I’ll Beat This Cancer

Sad and troubling story from this survivor (in the middle with staff members). But like her children she has risen above dire circumstances. We all stand in awe of the spirit on display here. IN HER OWN WORDS: Life has been a rough roller coaster ride for me and my children. We have been through a lot of hard times including being homeless for almost 3 years. I finally thought I had everything in order, got out the homeless shelter,…

9 Months Pregnant and….

Imagine you are about to deliver your first baby and breast cancer charges into your life and changes everything….It is hard to describe this survivor’s incredible ordeal in a few paragraphs. Despite the arrival of breast cancer and her struggles, two beautiful daughters were delivered to this young couple and to the world. When I asked this survivor to take part in this project, she presented me with four pages single spaced. She had been reluctant to talk much about…