Memorial Sloan-Kettering


October 6, 2021 // 0 Comments

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, an ideal time to take action on your health. Here’s how Ariel took charge of hers: Ariel was a healthy, 38-year-old mother of two when she was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer. “We were all so surprised because I have no family history of breast cancer or cancer. It really rocked our world.” At Ariel’s yearly OB/GYN appointment, her doctor did a breast exam. He felt a little lump underneath her armpit and under her breast. The doctor sent her for a mammogram, which showed that her lymph nodes were enlarged. As a precaution, the doctor recommended a follow-up sonogram. “I went back, and thank goodness I did, because they found tiny signs of breast cancer. I jumped into treatment [at Memorial Sloan Kettering] relatively quickly.” Cancer screenings and preventive care visits are essential to good [More...]


August 24, 2021 // 0 Comments

MELS NEW YORK EVICTION MORATORIUM The US Supreme Court issued an injunction suspending New York’s Eviction Moratorium. This means that tenants who filed a hardship declaration are no longer protected and landlords can now ask the court for the necessary permission needed to evict. This does not mean that tenants who owe rent or are facing an eviction case should give up and move out. There are still many steps landlords must take to proceed with an eviction, and there are still many ways tenants can defend their homes. MELS can help. Call our Screening Unit at (212) 815-1111 for advice and legal representation. ### EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ERAP) New York State’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance is accepting applications to help tenants pay rent arrears. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program can provide up to 15 months of rent and up to 12 months of gas [More...]

Alyce’s Story: Colon Cancer Survivor

August 4, 2021 // 0 Comments

She was being stubborn. Alyce knew her age and race put her at higher risk for colorectal cancer. But she did not want to have a colonoscopy, something she felt would be too uncomfortable. Still, her family encouraged her to schedule the procedure. “I’ll do it, if you do it,” said Alyce’s sister. Alyce could not turn down a dare from her sister. She had a colonoscopy and it spotted cancer. Alyce was shocked. “How did I have colon cancer? I did not even have any symptoms!” After she told her family and her workplace about her diagnosis, Alyce started cancer treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK). After surgery and 9 months of chemotherapy, Alyce was cancer free. But she secretly lived with the fear the cancer could come back. “Now I follow all of my doctor’s recommendations,” said Alyce. “Your health is your responsibility.” Cancer screenings and preventive [More...]

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Men’s Health Awareness Month: Prostate Cancer Screening and Early Detection

June 10, 2021 // 0 Comments

Dear DC 37 Member, June is Men’s Health Awareness Month. For many men, the fear of prostate cancer is overwhelming. MSK Direct has developed prostate screening educational materials to encourage early prostate screening for males over age 45. Learning about the risk factors associated with developing prostate cancer, such as age, family history, and race/ethnicity can help lower fear and uncertainty commonly associated with this disease. Prostate cancer is more common among African Americans. TV anchor Al Roker discussed his own prostate cancer experience, disparities in cancer care and the importance of cancer screening for Black men with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s (MSK) Chief Health Equity Officer Dr. Carol Brown in this video.  Fortunately, a PSA test can also help find prostate cancer early, and men over age 45 should talk with their primary care provider [More...]