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PBM Delays for Cancer Drugs May Risk Lives, Warn Oncologists

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The patient had metastatic kidney cancer, and his oncologist was seeking to treat him with sunitinib malate (Sutent, Pfizer), a preferred first-line oral therapy. But the patient’s pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) refused to cover the cost of the medication. The PBM told the oncologist that the patient’s kidney must first be removed.

However, the patient’s surgeon had already determined that the patient was not a surgical candidate, owing to the extent of his disease and to coexisting medical conditions.

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NYCBS HOSTS WELLNESS FAIR 2019

Events

Approximately, 300 fellow Long Islanders came together to promote health and wellness.

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Superfood Health Benefits

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Superfood: A nutrient-rich food considered to be beneficial for one’s health.

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2018 COA Year in Review Report

Health Policy

In 2018, the assault on patient access to local and affordable cancer care provided by independent, community oncologists, upon which over half of all Americans rely, continued. The work of the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) repelled, repealed, or slowed down a record number of significant challenges.

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Benefits of Exercise When Treating Cancer

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New research has shown that exercise is not only safe and possible during cancer treatment, but it can improve how well you function physically, and your quality of life.

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Breast Cancer Awareness, PET Scan (Positron Emission Tomography)

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women. Currently, the average risk of a woman in the United States developing breast cancer is about 12%.

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Dr. Bartosz Walczyszyn - Joins New York Cancer & Blood Specialists

Media Coverage / Press Releases

New York Cancer & Blood Specialists (NYCBS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Bartosz A. Walczyszyn, a board-certified hematologist-oncologist, has joined our innovative and dedicated network of physicians. Dr. Walczyszyn distinguishes himself with a distinct passion for cancer care. Dr. Walczyszyn joined our practice on December 1st and will practice at our Central Park location.

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Cost of Cancer Care in Community vs Hospital Settings

Spotlight on Health

In a study reported in the Journal of Oncology Practice, Gordan et al found that costs of care for patients with breast, colorectal, and lung cancers were significantly higher at hospital-based vs community-based clinics, largely reflecting higher costs of chemotherapy and provider visits.

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Dr Lynn Herbert Ratner - Joins New York Cancer & Blood Specialists

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Dr. Lynn Ratner is an ABIM-certified Medical Oncologist, who received his M.D. license in 1970, from Albert Einstein School of Medicine in 1964.

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Dr. Leno Thomas - Joins New York Cancer & Blood Specialists

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New York Cancer & Blood Specialists (NYCBS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Leno Thomas has joined our innovative and dedicated network of physicians. For patients and loved ones, the fight against cancer or a complicated or sometimes even a benign, but cumbersome hematological disorder is a life-altering challenge.

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