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Cancer Quality at NYU Winthrop Hospital Center for Cancer Care - 2017 Accomplishments

Cancer Prevention

Weight Management

The program included weekly patient meetings with a personal coach focusing on diet and exercise.

In 2017 there have been 286 participants enrolled.

NYU Winthrop Weight Management Program

Studies have shown weight management is an important tool for cancer prevention and/or reoccurrence. Have you tried other means to lose weight in the past without achieving your desired success? Are you now looking for a fresh weight loss approach? If so, come learn about a different way to lose weight--through NYU Winthrop Hospital’s award winning medical weight management program.

  • Structured and simple
  • Streamlines daily nutrition choices with use of meal replacements
  • Provides you with skills to cope in today’s food environment
  • A coach to help guide you in achieving your goal weight
  • A medical team that monitors you throughout your weight loss

Classes are held Tuesday through Thursday evenings.
Attendance once per week is a requirement of the program.

Join us for a free informational seminar.
There’s no obligation-learn more and have your questions answered.

Information sessions are held at

101 Mineola Blvd, 2nd Floor
Mineola, NY 11501

Please call to register
516-663-DIET (3438)

HMR Weight Management Program | NYU Winthrop Hospital

Cancer Screening

Breast Imaging and Diagnostic Center: Cancer Committee January 2017

Mammography Report through January 2018
Screening Mammograms 2345
Screening Mammograms with Tomo 3161
Total Screenings 5506
DOH Initiative Referred 279
Number of Biopsies on DOH Patients 4
Diagnostic Mammograms 381
Diagnostic Mammograms with Tomo 456
Total Diagnostics 837
Total Screening and Diagnostic 6343
Number of Core Biopsies 301
Positive Results 81
Percent Positive 27%
Total Number of FNAs 103
Number of Specimens sent to Cytology 64
Positive Results 11
Percent Positive 17%

Studies of Quality

CyberKnife QI Project Patient bowel preparation compliance

The radiation oncology nursing unit council had collaborated with Prostate Cancer Nurse Navigator to implement a tracking tool that will capture patient’s compliance to bowel preparation prior to radiation treatment. Patients were educated on the required preparation prior to their scheduled treatment but there are some patients that do not complete the prep prior to their appointment; resulting in the treatment getting rescheduled. The staff had decided to implement a pre-procedure educational session with the patients at the time of the Simulation (in addition to a phone call follow up). This session provided the patient with a detailed instruction and indications regarding the importance of the pre-prep.

After review of the data, it was noted compliance with bowel prep has decreased from 94% in 2015 to 92% in 2016. Nursing Unit council is looking to script certain questions when educating patients. The educational format focus on target questions as listed below:

  • How often do you move your bowels?
  • What is the consistency of your bowel movements?
  • Are you currently seeing a Gastrointestinal Doctor regarding bowel issues?
  • Do you take laxatives?
  • What are your food preferences for each meal?

2017- 2018 YTD Compliance: 92%

Cancer Antigen 72-4 for the Monitoring of Advanced Tumors of the Gastrointestinal Tract, Lung, Breast and Ovaries Medical Oncology

Cancer Antigen 72-4 Study

Quality Improvements

Skin Care Prevention

Based on the study of the skin cancer prevention from 2016, the nurses on the inpatients have started to assess all of their patients on skin risk behaviors. Questions include if patient utilizes sunscreen, based on patient’s response they will receive information on skin cancer prevention.

Questions asked by nursing staff upon all inpatient admissions via EMR:

  1. Have you ever had skin cancer? If yes, which kind? Melanoma, Basal Cell, squamous
  2. Do you have any moles that have recently changes in size, color, shape?
  3. Do you have any concerns about your skin, any wounds that won’t heal, or an area that has changes recently?
  4. Do you use sunscreen? Always, sometimes, rarely, never
  5. Do you seek shade when possible? Always- never
  6. Do you wear sun protective clothing? Always to Never

CDC recommends easy options for protection from UV radiation:

  • Stay in the shade, especially during midday hours.
  • Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs.
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade your face, head, ears, and neck.
  • Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Use sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection.
  • Avoid indoor tanning.

Nurses teach CDC guidelines on sun protective behavior.