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In unknown situations, we as humans seek support from others. Family and friends try to help, but we need to be with people who are in the same position. This is infinitely true with a disease like pancreatic cancer. Upon learning that one has this diagnosis, there is confusion, fear, anger and questions.

Although most doctors try to explain and console the newly diagnosed patient, the time in the doctor’s office is limited. Nurse Practitioner Marie Carmel Garcon noticed that for many, more consultation was needed. Additionally, doctors may know about the medical end of pancreatic cancer, but they don’t know how to help a patient who cannot work and may be having financial difficulty because of that. Dealing with emotions and providing support and information is the main purpose behind the creation of The Pancreas Center’s Pancreatic Cancer Support Group.

From l to r: Marie Garcon & Geri Lipschitz

Marie Carmel Garcon & Geri Lipschitz

The Pancreatic Cancer Support Group meetings usually consist of a guest speaker discussing topics such as nutrition, exercise, clinical trials, psychiatric care, genetics and new treatment options. The second half of the meeting is free form where participants can discuss whatever is on their minds. Attendees may ask Marie Carmel medical questions or speak with social worker Geri Lipschitz about psycho-social issues. Many times the patients will converse with each other outside of the group sharing email addresses and phone numbers.

The Pancreatic Support Group like The Pancreas Center strives to provide a positive and affirmative environment to the patients and their families. Both Marie Carmel and Geri say that hope is key in dealing with pancreatic cancer and groups like this help. The participants who attend after all, are more than just a diagnosis.

 The Pancreatic Cancer Support group is open to the public. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

 The group meets on the third Tuesday of each month in the Herbert Irving Pavilion located on the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center campus in Washington Heights.

For more information visit the Pancreatic Cancer Support Group web page or call Gladys Rodriguez at 212-305-0592.

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The Transplant Forum’s 2nd Annual Sharing Life Day

by Columbia Surgery on April 15, 2014

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2nd Annual Sharing Life Day
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 11 am – 2 pm
Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center
173 Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY

The Transplant Forum aims to improve the quality of life for organ transplant patients and their families by supporting novel research and clinical care programs. This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

For information and reservations please contact us: transplantforum@columbia.edu or call 212.304.7241.

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How to Help a Loved One Recovering From Surgery

March 19, 2014

TweetIf you have a friend or family member who just underwent surgery, you may be thinking about ways to help them recover. Here are some tips to help. Understand their needs: Every person has unique needs specific to their surgery, and everyone handles their recovery differently. Ask about their needs and preferences to tailor your […]

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Redefining Gastric Cancer Treatment: An Interdisciplinary Approach

February 25, 2014

TweetThis Blog Talk Radio program has already occurred. Please view the on-demand copy at the bottom of this post. Gastric cancer is a curable disease with effective treatment options.  When discovered in its early stages, gastric cancer can be eliminated with complete resection of the tumor alone.  The treatment of advanced gastric cancer requires a […]

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How Is Gastric Cancer Diagnosed?

February 25, 2014

TweetGastric cancer is hard to detect in early stages because symptoms are uncommon and nonspecific.  When symptoms do occur, they can easily be mistaken for more common ailments such as a stomach virus. Gastric cancer symptoms may include a loss of appetite, indigestion, nausea, stomach discomfort, heartburn, black stool, vomiting, unintentional weight loss, feeling full […]

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New Treatment Options for Hepatitis C in 2014

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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Day 2014

February 7, 2014

TweetJoin the experts at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center on Saturday, March 15 for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Day. This patient-focused event will highlight the latest advances in screening, diagnosis, and treatment of colorectal cancer. In order to learn more about colorectal cancer and the topics that will be covered at this event, we spoke with […]

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The Wellness Series

February 4, 2014

TweetWhen diagnosed with breast cancer, Eileen Z. Fuentes, a Columbia University employee, experienced cancer treatment from a patient’s perspective. Having worked for Columbia, she knew she was in capable hands during her treatment; however, she was determined to play an active part of her own health and recovery and was unsure how to do so. […]

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Sneak Peak: Breast Cancer and Bridging the Gap

December 4, 2013

TweetOn Saturday December 7th, Columbia University Department of Surgery is hosting its annual breast cancer awareness event, Bridging the Gap: Enhancing Breast Cancer Prevention, Screening and Wellness. We spoke with Preya Ananthakrishnan, MD, one of the key members of the planning committee, for a sneak preview about what we can expect at this year’s event. […]

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Pancreatic Cyst Surveillance Clinic

November 18, 2013

TweetThe Pancreas Center is dedicated to taking every step possible to help prevent, detect, and treat pancreatic cancer. As part of this commitment, the center conducts a dedicated Pancreatic Cyst Surveillance Clinic, a unique clinic specifically focused on managing pancreatic cysts so that they do not develop into cancer. Pancreatic cysts are abnormal fluid-filled growths on or […]

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