<em>Radiation oncologist Daphna Gelblum, a Westchester resident, is eager to see patients in her community. She’s pictured biking with her husband, Daniel Nidus, near her home.</em> “I’m looking forward to practicing close to home — where my kids go to school, where my husband and I bike, and where I know the community.”
<em>James Eastham, Chief of the Urology Service, lives in Tarrytown and raised two children who graduated from nearby Irvington High School. He’s excited about the clinical trials and cutting-edge cancer treatments that will be available at West Harrison.</em> “We plan on having all of our research protocols available to patients that we see in Westchester. This is how advances in treatment are made. By making this available on a local basis, we’re providing an opportunity to patients who might otherwise not have been aware or sought out these things. This will allow us to bring state-of-the-art care to the community.”
<em>Nabil Rizk, a thoracic surgeon, is looking forward to spending more time with patients from the community where his family (pictured above) has lived for ten years.</em> “I’m a local doctor who happens to operate in Manhattan. I work in Manhattan, but I live — and now see patients! — in Westchester.”
<em>Gynecologic oncologist Yukio Sonoda was raised in New Rochelle, and his mother has a long-standing gynecology practice in Hartsdale. He says that his mother’s work helped influence the field he chose, as did the many hours he spent surrounded by it when he was young.</em> “I spent a lot of time in the hospital growing up. Whenever we were out as a family and [my mother], a busy solo obstetrician/gynecologist, had a patient in labor, we would all end up at the hospital waiting for the baby.”
<em>Ginger Gardner, a gynecologic oncologist, is happy for the convenience the West Harrison office provides not only for the residents of Westchester County but also for patients in her native Connecticut.</em> “We moved to Westchester two years ago and really have enjoyed it…. I feel that I’m connected both in Westchester County because I live there and my family is there, and also in Fairfield County because that’s where I grew up, and my folks are still there.”
The new location addresses a growing need in the area for high-quality cancer care. The incidence of cancer in and around West Harrison is expected to increase by 15 percent in the next ten years, rising to more than 20,000 newly diagnosed cases in 2025. This is due in part to population growth and the success of screening programs at detecting new cancers, as well as to the increasing median age of the population.
We will continue to provide compassionate, patient-centered care in Sleepy Hollow and are excited to be an active member of the West Harrison community. Our plans include making space available for cancer support groups, offering educational events for community members and healthcare professionals, and bringing our quality-of-life and survivorship programs closer to home for our patients and their caregivers.