Patient Stories

Anna Johnson-Chase was 63 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her surgeon, Dr. Sheldon Feldman, decided to use a new therapy called intraoperative radiofrequency ablation to increase the operation's effectiveness and limit side effects.
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When 46-year-old Sharon Lupo started having stomach pains before Christmas, she brushed it off as a case of too much pre-holiday indulgence. But the pain persisted even after the holidays ended, landing her in the local emergency room. Many tests, scans, and biopsies later, she was shocked to learn the source of her pain: malignant epithelioid hemangioendothelioma, an extremely rare type of liver cancer. This type of cancer affects the lining of the blood vessels within the liver and strikes only 200 to 300 Americans each year.
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People are often surprised when they first learn that a living person may donate his or her liver — "don't you need your liver?" is a common question. In fact, living donor liver transplantation, or LDLT, is not only possible, but is the optimal choice for patients who need a liver transplant.
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After undergoing sleeve gastrectomy for weight loss, Gina C. is healthy, happy and fit.
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Multidisciplinary program offers novel, expert care to newborns with vascular anomalies
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Pamela Abma at MS Bike-a-Thon
The Road to Recovery: Just Over a Year Later, ECMO Patient Completes Bike-A-Thon.
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At age 31, cystic fibrosis patient Timothy Sweeney needed a double lung transplant. Less than one year later, he ran the New York City Marathon with his transplant surgeon, Joshua Sonett, MD.
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For as long as he could remember, Alexander Vasquez struggled with his weight. His weight rose with the years — 100 pounds in kindergarten, 400 pounds by 9th grade. After several attempts at losing weight during his 20’s, his weight rose to almost 600 pounds. For the next few years, Alex felt resigned to being big forever. After undergoing sleeve gastrectomy at the Center for Advanced Surgery, Alex has lost over 160 pounds and couldn’t be happier with his results and his experience at Lawrence Hospital. He shares his story here.
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In 1999, Margaret Fiore Lizardi was in her mid-50s with a high-powered job—Director of Administration for a New York law firm. Her doctors discovered a calcification of the aortic valve that may have resulted from a childhood bout of rheumatic fever. Surgeons replaced Margaret's valve and later gave her a pacemaker. But in 2005, she was diagnosed with stenosis of the aorta and her symptoms were so severe she could no longer work. After consulting with specialists all over the country, Margaret finally met with Drs. Mehmet Oz, Donna Mancini and others at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia. Their verdict: in a few years' time, she would need an LVAD and then a donor heart.
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Sue Mirza continues the crucial work her husband began, by helping to fund critical research into the genetic causes of pancreatic cancer.
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