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Have Cancer and Need a Helping Hand?

August 29th, 2011

Lotsa Helping Hands was created to answer the question what can I do to help? If you are caring for someone with cancer or in a crisis, or going through one yourself, chances are you have heard this question a lot. And, if you have watched a friend or loved one in need, you have probably asked the same question. Everyone wants to help, but no one knows exactly what to do. Its simple, free and private! How does it work?

1. Visit the Create a Community Page
In literally minutes, you, a friend or family member can fill out the form on our Create a Community page. Simply enter the name of the community being created and your name and email address. Who should create the community?

2. Invite members who want to help
Next, enter the names and email addresses of those you wish to be part of your community. Start with people who have expressed interest in helping. You can keep adding names once your community is created. Members have to be invited to join your community or request membership. Members receive a “welcome” email message about the community, with sign-in information.

3. Enter volunteer tasks
Go to the Administration Tab in your community and begin posting needs with our easy to use templates. This may include dinner on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday nights; or rides to medical appointments on Tuesday mornings. Members are notified by email when new needs are posted. The system sends reminders to volunteers so no one forgets their commitments.

4. Add more information to your community
Now, you can add more to your community – post photos, create custom sections, add resources from our nonprofit partners, and more. And, members can post well wishes, share announcements, and send messages to the family.

They also offer other coordination needs for military families. You can go here to see a video or start your own page: Helping Hands

Integrative oncology

August 11th, 2011

The Farber Center for Radiation Oncology

So what is “integrative oncology?” It depends on who you ask. When you google “integrative oncology,” chances are, the modalities under discussion will usually focus primarily on various dietary changes and lifestyle interventions, such as exercise. You will also find that some will refer to it as quackademic medicine.

What does is mean to The Farber Center? It means we use and coordinate the best evidence-based treatments (i.e. surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy) with complimentary modalities (i.e. acupuncture, massage, stress reduction, herbal/botanicals, etc.) with the goal of treating your cancer, preventing recurrence and reducing side effects and symptoms. We do all of this in an environment that soothes and nurtures you.

No matter what kind of treatment a cancer patient receives, the fight against cancer is more than a physical challenge. It impacts everything from emotional well-being to financial stability. We believe that caring for a patient is caring for a person. We realize that people exist within a matrix of family, friends, jobs, homes, neighborhoods, geographical areas, and psychological and cultural environments, all of which can influence health and disease. Our mission is to develop a treatment plan that is right for our patient and their loved ones in an environment that supports and nurtures them.

Going to a physician who believes in integrative oncology won’t change your diagnosis, but it will put your body in a better place to get healthy. Integrative Oncology encourages living a healthy lifestyle to help the body in its’ innate abilities to fight and prevent cancer. This can be accomplished by learning strategies to reduce stress, increasing physical activity and eating healthfully (“anti-cancer diet & nutrition.”) Practicing these lifestyle changes creates a place where the healthy cells in your immune system can flourish and do their best work.

And when your cancer treatment is over The Farber Center for Radiation Oncology has joined forces with Urban Zen’s integrative therapy program (UZIT) and created OHE (optimal healing environment) classes to create a place/space where you can explore the issues that brought you treatment and to do what you can to prevent you or your loved ones from going through it again.

The 4-week integrative program is targeted to EMPOWER the cancer patent to get the best treatment of mind, body and sprit.

Initial consultation: with one of our physicians to review the overall scope of the program, the concept of functional medicine, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, “knowing your numbers,” and introduction of “Daily Health Log.” There are no out of pocket expenses for Farber Center patients.

Week 1: Nutrition/Zen*
Discuss various dietary options and specific guidelines for CA patients, esp related to preventing recurrences. Dieting,Supplements, Juicing, Fiber, etc.

Week 2: Movement/Zen*
Explore physical activity with emphasis on yoga

Week 3: Mind/Body/Zen*
Tools for stress reduction and empowerment

Week 4: Guest Lectures/Zen*
Nutrition, Stress Reduction, Adrenal Fatigue,Inflammation, Immunity,

*Zen: each week will include guided meditation and yoga practice with therapist from the Urban Zen integrative therapy program. The UZIT program is a 12 month program that includes training in yoga therapy, essential oil therapy, Reiki, nutrition, and contemplative care giving to addresses the key patient symptoms of PANIC- pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, constipation, and exhaustion.

To find out more about the program please contact The Farber Center at 212 300-0663

Cancer Patients Speak Out About The Farber Center

August 9th, 2011

A special thank you to our patients who were kind enough to speak out and tell their stories and allow us to put together this video. These patients are fighting breast cancer, prostate cancer, sarcoma, and brain cancer. We will have longer versions of the stories available soon on our website. Grace Huang directed the film, and Industrial color handled the post production.

About Grace Huang: You might remember her from our Rocks Against Cancer Video. Grace began her photography career at Harvard University, where she obtained a BA in Visual Environmental Studies under the tutelage of acclaimed fine art photographer Christopher James. After graduation, a Rotary International Fellowship afforded her the opportunity to spend an adventurous year in and around Provence while attending the Ecole Nationale de la Photographie. Settling in New York City, Grace began her professional photographic career shooting everything from fashion and beauty to lifestyle and travel for a wide range of magazines. Her signature style of cinematic storytelling and naturalistic spontaneity evolved over the next decade. Today she has a eclectic career shooting both stills and motion for a diverse editorial and advertising clientele. Her editorial clients include InStyle, British Marie Claire, Red, German InStyle, Self and Lucky. Her advertising clientele includes Dove, EOS, Mary Kay, St. Ives, Aveeno, Clinique, John Frieda, Cyzone, Gillette, Johnsons, Carefree, Hue, No Nonsense, Gardasil, Olay, Avon, Lilly Pulitzer, Liz Claiborne, Target, Godiva, Walmart and Saks Fifth Avenue. Grace has photographed a range of celebrities such as Krysten Ritter, Katrina Bowden, Poppy Delevingne, Bijou Phillips, Cory Kennedy, Jennifer Morrison, Carmen Electra, Julie Delpy, Jessica Simpson, Cynthia Rowley, Shiva Rose, Sarah Chalke, Elisha Cuthbert, Mia Tyler, Daisy Fuentes, Rhona Mitra, Whitney Port, Daveigh Chase, Sarah Wynter, B. Smith, Jesse Martin, Christy Turlington, Frederick Fekkai, Sergio Garcia, and Henrik Lundqvist.

About Industrial Color: From top tech and production support on over 10,000 shoots to inventing online digital photo workflow, Industrial Color continues to push the limits and develop industry standards. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, their talented team and extensive production capacity enables them to provide a full range of high-end services to clients whether it be in studio or on location anywhere around the globe. Services of Industrial Color include: digital still and RED and HD video capture, post-production, color and video editing services, archival printing, high-speed file transfer, online image management, archive and file storage.

The Farber Center on Today in New York on NBC

June 17th, 2011

Darlene Rodriguez

We were honored to welcome Darlene Rodriguez into our center a few weeks ago. Darlene Rodriguez is co-anchor of Today in New York on WNBC. Rodriguez became co-anchor of the show in July 2003 after serving as a reporter for WNBC and then co-anchor of Weekend Today in New York. Here is the link to the report: Enjoy and spread the word.

The Farber Center Walks for Cancer

April 18th, 2011

Marina Higgins VP Argo Real Estate

On April 30th, The Farber Center Team lead by our patient Marina, will walk for the 14th Annual Industry Foundation Revlon Run/Walk in New York City.
The EIF Revlon Run Walk was created in 1994 through the committed and collective efforts of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, Lilly Tartikoff and Ronald O. Perelman. The EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women has grown to become one of the nation’s largest 5K fundraising events. To date, the Run/Walks (in Los Angeles and New York) have distributed over $60 million for cancer research, treatment, counseling and outreach programs. Thanks in part to these funds, new treatments are being developed and lives are being saved.

Your donation will help fund important research into the cause and cure of women’s cancers, prevention, education and support service programs.

So please donate if you can. Here is the link: DONATE

Team t-shirt by our friend Dan McClure: his

Co-Payment Help for Cancer Patients

February 28th, 2011

The CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established in 2007 to address the needs of individuals who cannot afford their insurance co-payments to cover the cost of medications for treating cancer.

The CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation takes into account a person’s financial and insurance situation when determining who is eligible for assistance.

The criteria used to determine if you are eligible are:

Financial Information
Individuals or families with incomes of up to four times the federal poverty level may qualify. See the poverty level chart below. The Foundation may also consider the cost of living in your particular city or state.

Diagnosis and Treatment
You must be diagnosed with one of the cancer types that the Foundation covers. This is a listing of diagnoses they currently cover:
Breast Cancer
Colon or Colorectal Cancer
Gastric Cancer
Head and Neck Cancer
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Pancreatic Cancer
Prostate Cancer
Renal Cell Cancer

Your diagnosis must be verified by a doctor. Your doctor must complete and sign their physician verification form.
You must receive treatment dispensed in the United States, and the medication that you are taking must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for cancer.

Insurance Coverage
You must be covered by private insurance or an employer-sponsored health plan, —or—
Have Medicare Part B, Medicare Part D, Medicare Supplementary Health Insurance (“Medigap”) or Medicare Advantage Plan
If you are uninsured (do not have any insurance or medical plan that covers prescription medication) you are not eligible for co-payment assistance; however, we encourage you to contact us so that we can refer you to other organizations or patient assistance programs.
The Foundation grants assistance on a first-come, first-served basis, to the extent that funding is available.

Step 1: Apply
Call 1-866-55-COPAY to determine if you are eligible and begin the application process.
Step 2: Award Determination
They will send you a form to complete and return.
They will send you a form that your doctor will need to complete and return.
If approved, you will receive an Award Determination letter by mail with instructions for accessing your award.

Important Note: The Foundation will only send an application form to you after you call 1-866-552-6729 to speak with one of their specialists so that they can determine if you are eligible to apply.

Connect with family and friends during a health challenge

January 31st, 2011

When you find yourself diagnosed with an illness, your family and friends can be a pillar of strength.

People going through cancer treatments should never have to go it alone. Throughout the process, family members need to stay strong.

Unfortunately, contracting a secondary illness while fighting cancer can seriously hurt your ability to fight the disease. So when you are unable to go meet friends or be with family, you can be open and honest about why, and still connect in a personal way.

CaringBridge websites offer a personal and private space to communicate and show support, saving time and emotional energy when health matters most. The websites are easy to create and use. Authors add health updates and photos to share their story while visitors leave messages of love, hope and compassion in the guestbook.

No one likes to sit on the sidelines, but being honest about why you’re doing so will help keep your friends and family close. To see how it works click here: CaringBridge

Tribeca Citizen Covers The Farber Center

December 14th, 2010

I had the great pleasure to meet Erik Torkells the other day. Erik is the founder of Tribeca Citizen which is a website dedicated to all things Tribeca. Erik got the idea for Tribeca Citizen after he quit his job in the summer of 2008. He lived in the neighborhood since 2003, but after taking Howard ( his pug), on much longer walks with his new found time, he discovered he had all sorts of questions: What was filming on Duane Street? What will that huge new Frank Gehry building look like? What is David Bouley up to now? When he couldn’t find a website with the answers, he began to envision one.

Erik discovered us on one of those walks and decided that everyone should know that there was an amazing alternative for cancer patients in need of radiation therapy. Please Click here to read the story

Cancer Fundraiser

June 29th, 2010

The Farber Center for Radiation Oncology



A Fundraising Event for Entertainment Industry Foundation
benefiting EIF Cancer Programs.

Thursday, Sept 16th 7pm to 11pm


To purchase tickets or donate click here: Rocks Against Cancer Tickets

The event will take place at the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts, situated on 172 Norfolk Street in the former Ansche Chesed Synagogue, the venue boasts superbly maintained mid-19th century architecture.

The lounge-style space will feature cocktails and food as well as performances by The Rotten Hill Gang, a six-piece band from London fronted by Mick Jones of The Clash. Eclectic Method featuring London natives Jonny Wilson, Ian Edgar and Geoff Gamlen – who helped pioneer the emerging art of audio-visual mixing since first cutting U2’s Mysterious Ways music video with the Beastie Boys’ Intergalactic as an experiment back in 2002 will close out the night.

The event also includes a silent auction of jewelry by Stephen Webster—three-time winner of the “British Luxury Jeweller of the Year” award and 2008 winner of “UK Jewellery Brand of the Year”—including specially designed bracelets supporting the fight against cancer with net proceeds benefiting EIF’s Cancer programs. Webster is widely known as the jeweler to the stars; his celebrity client list includes Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Cattrall, and Christina Aguilera among others.

Some of EIF’s cancer programs include: Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C)Woman’s Cancer Research Fund, Brains on Bikes, Right Action for Woman, and the National Colorectal Research Alliance

If you are arriving from out of town please contact the Smyth – part of the Thompson Hotels at 85 West Broadway phone: 212.587.7000. We have reserved rooms at a special rate under the group name Rocks Against Cancer.

A special thanks to our current sponsors at the time this blog went out: Stephen Webster, Matthew Robbins Desings, Svendka, Warren Tricomi, and Elekta Inc.

Mayo researchers find that obesity-related biological factors can influence clinical outcome in colon cancer

March 15th, 2010

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic campus in Minnesota have found that obesity is associated with worse outcomes in patients who have already been diagnosed and treated for the cancer.

Their data also showed that depending on a patient’s gender, varying levels of obesity were associated with an increased risk of death ranging from 19 percent to 35 percent, compared to non-obese patients.

“We found that obesity is associated with more aggressive colon cancers, with the effect being stronger in men than in women,” says the study’s lead author, Frank Sinicrope, M.D., a Mayo Clinic medical oncologist. “Our data suggest that a little extra weight is okay, but body weight in the obesity range puts a patient at increased risk for cancer recurrence and spread and, based upon other studies, also would be expected to increase the risk of precancerous colon polyps and a second colon cancer.”

to read more on this study go here: Mayo Clinic News Feed