In July 2013, Adele Rivas discovered she had breast cancer. Two days later, she learned she was pregnant. Ms. Rivas and her husband Luis rode an emotional roller coaster of panic and joy. At that point, they had been trying to have a baby for two-and-a-half years.
But questions abounded. Could Ms. Rivas’ stage 2b cancer be treated while she was pregnant? Would the baby be safe? And would the treatment be effective? The answer was yes to all three questions.
More than 150 guests attended the Third Annual Fact vs. Fiction Luncheon and Symposium hosted by the Dubin Breast Center of The Tisch Cancer Institute, on Monday, September 29, at 320 Park, a New York City event space. The event raised more than $200,000 to support the Center, a state-of-the-art facility within the Mount Sinai Health System that has registered more than 75,000 patient visits since it opened in 2011.
Mount Sinai Physician Assistant, Jessica Oliveira and Dr. Taraneh Shirazian, Director of Mount Sinai Global Women’s Health, attended a graduation this past May in Santiago, Guatemala.
The graduation marked the end of a 16-week program for 22 comadronas (birth attendants) enrolled in the school of POWHER (Providing Outreach in Women’s Health Education and Resources). The school is funded by Saving Mothers, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to reducing maternal mortality and morbidity, for which Dr. Shirazian is the co-founder and Medical Director.
This year, the Mount Sinai Global Women’s Health team visited Botswana, Africa and the Dominican Republic. I had the privilege of being invited to my first Global Women’s Health mission in the Dominican Republic. The trip was extremely rewarding and successful. The team, led by the Director of Global Women’s Health, Dr. Taraneh Shirazian, assisted over 600 women in desperate need of care.
According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, about one third of cancers in high-income countries can be attributed to preventable factors such as nutrition and physical activity. In the United States, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, astoundingly impacting one in every eight women in their lifetimes.
At this time, we don’t know exactly why many women develop breast cancer, but the following tips from the Dubin Breast Center’s Clinical Nutrition Coordinator Alexandra Rothwell, RD, can help to reduce your risk for cancer and may help to prevent recurrence among cancer survivors.
It was an evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing, and celebration at the Beth Israel 2013 Second Century Ball, held on Wednesday, November 13, at the Waldorf Astoria New York. More than 850 leaders, physicians, nurses, staff, and friends of the Beth Israel Medical Center gathered to support Beth Israel’s innovative clinical, research, and educational programs. The event raised $1.75 million to expand those initiatives and train the next generation of physicians. Beth Israel Medical Center Trustee Frank J. Bisignano and his wife, Tracy, served as this year’s Dinner Chairs.
Designer Pamella Roland’s spring 2013 collection took center stage in December at The Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Second Annual Women’s Health Fashion Show and Luncheon at The Waldorf=Astoria. The models wore jewelry provided by Chopard, and more than 500 guests enjoyed a luncheon menu selected by chef Mario Batali.
The event raised more than $450,000, which will be used to raise awareness about the importance of primary care in the prevention and detection of women’s medical issues, fund research on reproductive cancers, educate women about heart health, and investigate the relationship between gender differences and the environment.