Medical doctors at NYU Langone Hospital in Brooklyn are serving to uncommon abdomen most cancers sufferers change their lives
“I’ve been told that this type of cancer is not that easily detected,” says Battaglia, 58. “A lot of people deal with stomach pain for years without seeing a doctor, and sometimes it’s too late to do something. I am it.” grateful that this was not the case with me. “
First Battaglia, a Brooklyn Native, thought the cancer diagnosis might require months of chemotherapy or radiation therapy, however Camilo CorreaMD told him a single operation could make him cancer free.
Battaglia had a stage 4 soft tissue sarcoma of the stomach known as leiomyosarcoma, which accounts for less than one percent of all adult cancers in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. Although rare, the cancer is treatable if detected early.
Correa, a fellowship-trained complex general surgical oncologist at NYU Langone Hospital in Brooklyn and the Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Health, performed a partial gastrectomy and liver resection to remove the cancerous tissue. A combination of traditional and minimally invasive robotic surgery was used to reduce recovery time.
“It was a malignant tumor that involved part of the liver,” says Correa, who was a fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Complex Surgical Oncology and a postdoctoral fellow Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital on rare cancers of the digestive system. “We were able to completely remove the tumor and it has recovered exceptionally well without chemotherapy or radiation.”
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The NYU Langone Hospital – Brooklyn gastroenterology team, led by Adam GoodmanMD had first discovered and diagnosed Battaglia’s cancer after months of visiting other doctors. Before surgery, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) was used, which uses a combination of video images and sound waves to determine the size and location of the mass. EUS can simultaneously collect tissue samples for biopsy, reducing the number of diagnostic visits for the patient.
“Endoscopic ultrasound is just one of the most sophisticated tools we use to detect and evaluate gastrointestinal malignancies,” said Goodman, director of gastroenterology and director of endoscopy and quality at NYU Langone Hospital in Brooklyn. “We also work closely with our colleagues at NYU Langone’s Mother-of-Pearl Cancer Center to identify the most effective treatments.”
Advances in robotic surgery have also enabled oncologists to perform complex surgeries using minimally invasive techniques. “Technological advances have significantly reduced the need for major interventions that can cause post-operative complications,” he says Prashant Sinha, MD, chief surgeon at NYU Langone Hospital – Brooklyn. “If we don’t have to open the abdominal cavity, the small cuts heal faster and the patient recovers faster.”
Battaglia, who returned to retail shortly after the operation, said the way he treated cancer had changed his life – for the better. “Dr. Correa told me to take it easy, eat healthier and quit smoking, so I quit the cold turkey,” he says. Battaglia, who smoked more than a pack of cigarettes once a day, used NYU Langone’s tobacco cessation program at the Mother of Pearl Cancer Center to help overcome withdrawal and prevent relapse.
Battaglia, a devout member of St. Ephrem in Dyker Heights, offers his older sister’s prayer Rose Maurielloand helping his staff at PC Richard and Son to bring him to recovery. He now wants to play a bigger role in helping other cancer patients by telling his story and attending group counseling. “I want to spend more time talking to people,” he recalls of a lonely neighbor who died of cancer when he was 60. “The best we can do with the remaining time is try to treat one another with kindness and respect.”
To learn more about cancer treatment in BrooklynVisit the Perlmutter Cancer Center – Sunset Park online or call 718-907-4880.
SOURCE NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn