Sunday, April 4, 2021

THE 2021 CANCER POWERMEET SERIES: OCCUPATIONAL CANCERS IN THE FIRE SERVICE


QUICK RELEASE
Mar 31, 2021- The Integrative Cancer Resource Alliance launches the first virtual town-hall style video meeting called The 2021 Cancer PowerMeet series.  This interactive event is part of a set of panel-driven meetings covering the topics of OCCUPATIONAL TOXIC EXPOSURES and SURVIVORSHIP AFTER THE JOB -  with a list of prominent guests from the Medical and First Responders' communities.  Headliners for this event include nationally recognized spokesman for fire safety and fire rescue veteran from the 1975 NY Tel Fire & 9/11 DAN NOONAN.  Alongside Mr. Noonan is 35+ year cancer medical imaging professor DR. ROBERT BARD (NYC) + associate director of the First Responders Cancer Resource Group and active duty responder in 9/11 Sal Banchitta.  Together, they all share their powerful experiences about notable disasters in history, answering targeted questions from a panel of top members in the cancer care community steering public awareness and education about prevention and early detection as part of I.C.R.A.'s "Get Checked Now!" program.

To experience the first Cancer PowerMeet, see the excerpt clip link

"Nine Squares of Care" Starts with a Button
Focus Groups: First Responders, Cancer Research Professionals & Cancer Community Leaders
Speakers: Dan Noonan (Ret. FDNY), Sal Banchitta (Ret. FDNY) and Dr. Robert L. Bard

The Integrative Cancer Resource Alliance is proud to launch its 2021 'PowerMeet' series on OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH RISKS starting with its first focus group- The Emergency Responders in the Fire Service. Architected by executive director Lennard Gettz and The I.C.R.A. Educational team, the event recruited "a perfect fusion of guests from various cancer-specific interest areas to provoke a strong Q/A exchange about job-related cancers".  This event offered a highly charged educational exchange with direct insights, viewpoints and experiences from retired firefighters and members of the medical community + questions from other professionals from both sides.

Selected headliners are chosen for their professional experiences and their profound presence as educators.  The lineup includes Dan Noonan (Ret. FDNY), "Cousin" Sal Banchitta (Ret. FDNY) and Dr. Robert Bard, cancer diagnostic imaging specialist - recognized in the community as the "cancer detective".  Together, they cover the patient-doctor dynamics of the cancer care dynamics.

"The One-Voice mission of The I.C.R.A. is to present like-minded educators, advocates and resources to form a harmonized chorus... with messages of educated prevention, early detection and proactive lifestyle", states Cheri Ambrose, moderator and president of the Male Breast Cancer Coalition. "There are so many answers to cancer, and hearing them from those who are affected in these unique ways (either as medical experts, patient advocates, family members or as the cancer patients themselves) makes for a powerful messenger of what can and should be done to keep everyone safe!"


GET CHECKED NOW!
Known internally as “the button”, NYCRA received a modest gift of $255 from a firefighter’s widow and was used to produce the “Get Checked Now!” button for the group’s first meeting with the FDNY/RMA (Retired Members Assoc.) in 2018.   It remains the signature call for the team’s many ‘road trips’, videos, articles and fire service presentations.  The motto continues to resonate in the 2021 PowerMeet as Dan Noonan proudly holds up his button to the Zoom camera to start off his introduction.

CANCER SCIENCE MEETS "THE FIREHOUSE KITCHEN"
Each of the speakers came to this event with "guns a-blazing".  Dr. Bard shared a 7-slide presentation illustrating the common cancer scans from actual firefighters to best describe the science of diagnostics. In addition, he shared his own personal experiences with agent orange exposure from the Viet-Nam era as a military officer as the impetus to his public outreach to all cases of toxic exposures in service personnel.

"Bringing in a scientific powerhouse like Dr. Bard is a one man army of endless knowledge about understanding cancer", stated Sal Banchitta. "His part of the presentation was called 'Straight Talk from the Doc'- and I personally have never heard a doctor speak this candidly and offer this much information clearly and concisely. Cancer is not an easy topic to discuss- but Dr. Bard's 4 minute intro taught me more than months of reading - and having a front row seat to ask him my questions is such a rare honor!"

The I.C.R.A. committee is scheduling 15 PowerMeets for the year, but unanimously wanted to launch the 'Cancers on the Job' series with speakers from the fire service. "I would be remiss if we did not kick off such an important event without Dan (Noonan), probably one of the most recognized and outspoken firefighters in modern history to speak about fire safety from cancer exposures. Dan survived the devastating 1975 NY Tel Fire (where 699 firefighters were heavily exposed to the most horrible carcinogens of burning PVC) and volunteered in 9/11 past retirement. As far as I'm concerned, Dan Noonan is a national treasure with an immeasurable heart to represent us all!"

In the 40 minute exchange, Dan responded with kind generosity and down-to-earth directness, which he attributes as part of "straight talk from the kitchen" (the 'communication central' of all firehouses).  With pointed conviction to fire safety at the cost of so many lives, Dan Noonan delivered with blistering urgency.  "I enjoy bringing awareness to my fellow first responders... and all folks exposed to these chemicals. I think this country as a whole has to step up and really ring the bell for these people and bring them awareness with "Get Checked Now!" I emphasize this to all my fellow firefighters, new firefighters and first responders coming on the job. But the problem there is that when you come on the department, you're young and you think you're invincible. You think you're Superman. You want to serve the community. And boy, you put that uniform on and you're ready to rock and roll, but you don't identify the hazards. And that's why it falls on us. All of us to say, 'Hey, time out'-- you gotta be aware of the ABC-XYZ and be sure to get checked."

INTERACTIVE AUDIENCE BEYOND OUR BORDERS
"We are blessed to have such a powerful group of individuals who hold the common spirit to make a difference." Unlike webinars and talk shows where most of the audience is limited to being spectators, each invitee carries a major role of driving the headliners to share and discuss with highly charged questions.  They are hand selected based on their own professions, encouraging discussions about job-related cancers but are also public advocates in their own right.

This event is a FIRST, both as a pilot project and also as the official launch of The I.C.R.A. brand-  a global branch formed by The NY Cancer Resource Alliance. "As one of the first medical speakers of the group, the New York alliance on Linkedin was started back in 2018 - but it was impossible to keep local when the web was connecting us with so many cancer experts from everywhere. The I.C.R.A. banner covers our global family with endless possibilities.  The philosophy of INTEGRATIVE applies to expansive medicine and borderless alliances (and is) as the most powerful problem solving paradigm", says Dr. Robert Bard.

One of the first panelists was David Dachinger- Career Fire Lieutenant, IAFF Local 1739 (Ridgefield, CT.) and inventor of the Loving Medications stress reduction technology for patients in treatment.  "Cancer in the fire service is an epidemic and NOW is the time for radical awareness and culture change... I love the direction of this forum of bringing the many sides of advocacy together."


A Texas-based partner group supporting firefighters cancer is F.A.C.E.S (Firefighters Against Cancer Exposures), a national program led by Christopher Conner of Bedford TX.  In the early days of NYCRA's 9/11 CancerScan project, a strong connection was established to share and support each other. "I am proud to connect with all firefighters in need of help- especially anyone affected healthwise by the job. This type of event powerfully supports that feeling of awareness and can only charge up the community to better understand this ongoing issue."

Other speakers included Mindy Conklin of "Hitting Cancer Below the Belt" (hcb2.org) of Virginia, Julia Chiappetta (breast cancer survivor/health educator) of Cos Cob, CT and Elizabeth Banchitta (EMT/safety publisher) of Kings Park, NY. They contributed greatly to the engaging and dynamic energy of the PowerMeet.

The I.C.R.A. program recently acquired the technology to translate all articles and videos to as many as 9 different languages supported by partners in countries such as Italy, The Netherlands, France, Spain, England- and other nations where cancer research is prominent.


IN SOLIDARITY TO DEFEAT CANCER
by Elizabeth Banchitta, EMT
Now more than ever, with the Covid-19 pandemic exhausting all resources of our healthcare community, hospitals and practitioners everywhere are suffering a major crash from the disconnect with patients who need vital care and maintenance (especially cancer cases).  Uniting medical and community leaders to share and brainstorm under an alliance of proactive health, safety and treatment measures is a valuable element in the fight against cancer- as shown in events like the Cancer PowerMeet. 
It was such an honor to see a screen full of true DO'ers of their own personal crusades unite to present and do so much more- together.  If this 'meeting of the minds' is about leadership, kicking off the series with first responders was strategically empowering.  This unique breed of rescuers are most regarded for their self sacrifice, focused only on THE job - even long after retirement!  When we approached Dan (Noonan) to be the first speaker, it was so inspiring to hear his “Count me in!” – amidst major cancer surgeries and personal challenges.  It is his presence and all those like him that drives us all to do the best we can to ‘get the word out’ for him, and alongside him.  With this PowerMeet, we have a united and inspired new voice to drive this message even louder and farther beyond all borders. 



CANCER IN THE FIRE SERVICE
According to a 2015 NIOSH study of cancer cases in the U.S., Fire fighters had a greater number of cancer diagnoses and cancer-related deaths in mostly digestive, oral, respiratory, and urinary cancers.  There were about twice as many fire fighters with malignant mesothelioma, a rare type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.  Exposure to asbestos while fire fighting is the most likely explanation for this. There were more cases of certain cancers among younger fire fighters. For example, fire fighters in our study who were under 65 years of age had more bladder and prostate cancers than expected.  When comparing fire fighters in our study to each other: The chance of lung cancer diagnosis or death increased with amount of time spent at fires. The chance of leukemia death increased with the number of fire runs. (Source: CDC/NIOSHFindings from a Study of Cancer among U.S. Fire  Fighters:


JOB-RELATED TOXIC EXPOSURES (BURN PITS, FIRE EMERGENCY SERVICE)

Feb. 27, 2021 - The effects of Burn Pits are being compared to other known military health cases like the wide exposure to Agent Orange from Viet Nam- as well as the many cancer cases caused by disasters like 9/11. - "...Unlike exposure to Agent Orange, VA does not consider any disabilities presumptively associated with exposure to burn pit smoke. Therefore, post-9/11 veterans filing claims for service connection must obtain a medical opinion stating that their condition is at least as likely as not a result of their exposure to burn pit smoke. VA adjudicates burn pit claims on a case-by-case basis in which the decision is based on the facts unique to each claim." 


Over 45 years ago, the first responders' community including the remaining survivors of the 1975 NY Tel Exchange Fire recalls one of the most significant disasters in firefighting history next only to 9/11.  The many health impacts from this historical event, exposing all responders also resulted in countless safety references from its many occupational hazards as well as prevention protocols and protective innovations.  The NY Cancer Resource Alliance (NYCRA) features Ret. FDNY Ff. Dan Noonan and his contribution & sacrifice to the City of New York.  After his tenure at the fire service, Mr. Noonan pursued a life-long national crusade in safety awareness and publishing educational projects including his report about the 1975 NY Telephone Exchange Fire.  



VIEWPOINTS:

DR. NOELLE CUTTER - Assoc. Professor at Molloy College Director / TedX Speaker
As first responders, firefighters are subject to a countless number of toxins while saving lives. For example, PVC, a common toxic plastic has been linked to several cancers including liver cancer, brain, lung, lymphoma, and leukemia. Listening to the first hand stories from these hero’s is truly motivating. Their powerful stories shed light on some of the occupational exposures that these hero’s endure. The Integrative Cancer Resource Alliance is bringing together our beloved heroes to raise public awareness on occupational exposures and survivorship after the job. By doing so, the group aims to provide outreach and educational resources about prevention and early detection. The Integrative Cancer Resource Alliance promotes prevention and early detection through their “Get Checked Now” campaign. Dr. Robert Bard, MD, Cancer Diagnostics and Imaging, gives meaningful insight into the importance of following firefighters who may have been exposed to toxins on the job. The Integrative Cancer Resource Alliance truly lives up to its mission on brining advocacy and other forms of aid to cancer victims in the fire services.


ETERNAL GRATITUDES:
 
A great many thanks to our headliners, Dr. Robert Bard, (Dapper) Dan Noonan and "Cousin" Sal Banchitta for their unending generosity, their resilience and unforgettable presence in the fight against cancer.  Also, our eternal gratitude goes to: Melinda Conklin of Hitting Cancer Below the Belt (HCB2.org), Tony and Laura Carfang (SurvivingBreastCancer.org), Dave Dachinger/ Tamara Green (lovingmeditations.com), Cheri Ambrose & Kirby Lewis (malebreastcancercoalition.org), Liz Banchitta (cousinsal.org), Dr. Stephen Chagares (www.drchagares.com), Johnny "Double Pains" Graziano (modernpainrelief.com), Dr. Pierre Kory (flccc.net), Dr. Conrad & Coleen Maulfair (maulfairmedicalcenter.com), Phil Muccio (axiobionics.com), Greg Oliva (movember.org) and Chris Conner (F.A.C.E.S.- healthscannyc.org) for your labor of love, your hard work and the inspiration & empowerment you provided this project. Your leadership helped drive the connective nature of this alliance, without whose support this event and our collective mission could not be made possible!









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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

OVERVIEW IN ROBOTIC MASTECTOMY

MEDICAL CRUSADERS MOVES SURGERIES AHEAD OF THE CURVE by: Dr. Robert L. Bard

The advent of Sci-Fi movies have continually sparked the imagination for robotics, while dutifully inspiring the world of medical engineering to fulfill this reality.  The first recorded successful surgical procedure in 1985 launched the trend of robotic assisted surgeries have widely expanded in growth and demand - supporting the complexities of Heart, Thoracic, Gastrointestinal, Gynecological, Spine, Transplant and Neurological surgeries.  Robotically-assisted surgeries were developed to offer improved accuracy and to enhance the capabilities of surgeons performing open surgery-- [1]


This past year alone, the wave of technical advancements is nothing short of a movement that solidly defines the future of medicine itself. Life extension protocols such as non-invasive surgeries, integrative onco-immunology, cellular regenerative therapies and the use of modern materials such as advanced ultrasonic and laser technologies are all leading us to a 'TREKIAN' reality (for those that have an appreciation for sci-fi marvels come to life).

Meet Dr. Stephen Chagares (Tinton Falls, NJ), a visionary in laparoscopic and robotic breast surgery who recently brought the discipline of Dr. Antonio Toesca at The European Institute of Oncology in Milan Italy to our shores. According to clinical trials published by Dr. Toesca, “...robotic nipple sparing mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction authors found two main advantages such as the robotic optical vision and the minimal invasiveness.”

Dr. Chagares expresses a deep appreciation for the development of this technology as another "great tool in the toolbox". The developer of his Da Vinci surgical system (by INTUITIVE) joins in his success and all visionaries of the technology.  “The future of minimally invasive care spans the patient journey from early diagnosis to treatment and beyond,” said Julian Nikolchev, President of Intuitive Ventures. ”Intuitive Ventures is investing in cutting-edge innovation across the continuum of care to bring the future forward.”

On Sept. 14, 2018, he successfully achieved being the first in the United States to perform robotic nipple sparing mastectomy on a female cancer patient to be followed by immediate reconstruction.  Yvonne Zucco was an ideal candidate and the first recipient for a skin, nipple and areola-sparing mastectomy with immediate multi-stage reconstruction.  This presented major advantages over conventional procedures including a significant reduction in procedural time (from 7 to 3 hours), a remarkable recovery in range of motion and according to published 5 year data, ZERO cancer recurrence and equal oncologic outcomes.  

Dr. Chagares is proud to lead the first program of its kind in the U.S.--paving the way for a future of breast cancer care, starting with robotic mastectomy. He offers this revolutionary procedure at various hospitals throughout Monmouth County, New Jersey. "Robotic mastectomy, with immediate reconstruction, opens the door to a new era of mastectomy and a new outlook for patients who are candidates, offering a modern approach to an operation that has been so physically, emotionally and psychologically scarring is remarkable," says Dr. Chagares.


The Male Breast Cancer Coalition and MBCC medical advisory board member recognized Dr. Chagares’ achievements as well as the benefits of the procedural innovation that he brings to the cancer treatment community.  Recent news features Dr. Chagares is also the first to successfully perform this procedure on a male patient worldwide.  On October 12, 2018, Brian Thompson, 34 (L-image insert), recently underwent bilateral mastectomy with robotic assistance for growing and painful tumors from a disorder called Pseudoangiomatous Stromal Hyperplasia (PASH). Dr. Chagares removed all of the male patient's breast tissue from both breasts through single incisions under the armpits, eliminating incisions and scarring on the breasts.

Twelve hours after surgery, the patient carried full range of shoulder motion and was discharged from the hospital with drains with a completely positive report in his first postoperative week. Brian is said to be pain-free for the first time in four years. He fortunately had non-malignant tumors on pathology. Brian’s story is very important in that men have to understand that all breast lumps are not “just” gynecomastia. There are many types of breast masses in men just like women, and some are cancerous. Men’s breast masses need complete evaluation and can not be overlooked. There should be no stigma for men to discuss and work-up their breast masses, it can be life-saving.

As an advanced cancer imaging specialist and the founder of a major breast cancer diagnostics program in NYC, Dr. Bard often partners with top practitioners and “out of the box” professionals who, like him, subscribe to innovations that bring new benefits and advanced results to help patients and the overall treatment process.  “...I completely support the implementation of Dr. Chagares’ talents and this advanced method in our medical community where more patients would truly benefit from this – it addresses everything I would look for, from accuracy, safety and better recovery time. I also acknowledge his research and determination seeking this protocol from beyond local means- where in many cases, other countries tend to bring more to the table!  I have similarly brought back new non-invasive imaging technologies from Europe and Japan and made them available to our local medical community, so I appreciate the scientific dedication he has exhibited.”

“For treatment of cancer or pre-cancerous tissue or risk reduction for patients who have a high risk of developing breast cancer such as BRCA1 or 2 mutation patients… this procedure is still a mastectomy but it uses the robot to assist (me) the surgeon to make an incision not on the breast itself but on the side.” States Dr. Chagares. “When the patient wakes up, their cancer is gone or their risk is minimized, there are no scars on the breast, the nipples and areolae are intact, the implants are in and they dont need any other operation. From the patients perspective, both psycho-socially and physically, its an amazing procedure and I cant wait to be able to offer it to more breast cancer patients.”

The future of medical treatments and surgical procedures continues to advance at a remarkable rate with significant evidence of improved success and survival rate, the reduction of risk and post-op issues as well as better recovery time.  Factors as these help drive engineers, surgeons and investors alike to a united front to bring a new era in the healing arts.  

For more info on Dr. Stephen Chagares, visit: drchagares.com and APP FEATURE


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References:

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/first-male-robotic-mastectomy-worldwide-performed-by-dr-stephen-a-chagares-300725241.html

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/first-robotic-mastectomy-performed-for-cancer-in-the-united-states-by-dr-stephen-a-chagares-300726818.html



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THE 2021 CANCER POWERMEET SERIES: OCCUPATIONAL CANCERS IN THE FIRE SERVICE

QUICK RELEASE Mar 31, 2021- The Integrative Cancer Resource Alliance launches the first virtual town-hall style video meeting called The 202...