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IMAGE It’s Pallone versus Wilkinson in the Sixth
by Dennis
Sunday, 27 July 2014
Four years ago, the Congressional Midterm races dominated national headlines. The media, recognizing something unique and largely unprecedented was... Read More...
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by Woody Zimmerman
Friday, 25 July 2014
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by George Hancock-Stefan
Thursday, 24 July 2014
During the World Cup, I watched as many games as possible. I watched them here at home, I watched a couple of games in Turkey where they were... Read More...
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by Anne Mikolay
Thursday, 24 July 2014
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Photo:  Knowledge Is ‘Pink’ Power – Taking a moment to celebrate at the ‘Pink’ Physicians Panel on May 16 at the Middletown Township Public Library are, from left to right, Middletown Paint The Town Pink Chair Lori Anne Oliwa; Dr. Asaad Samra, M.D., FACS; Jayne Murphy, M.S., board-certified genetics counselor; Dr. Bokran Won, M.D., medical director, Women’s Center at Riverview Medical Center and Bayshore Community Hospital; Dr. Christina Walsh, M.D., Dr. Priti Patel, M.D., Jackie DiBernardo, R.N., nurse navigator; and Dr. Debra Camal, M.D., medical director of the breast program at Meridian Cancer Care.

Middletown, New Jersey – An interdisciplinary panel of five physicians, one registered nurse and a board certified genetics counselor gathered at the Middletown Township Public Library on May 16 to discuss the latest developments in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, along with some case studies, to a captive community audience. The event, sponsored by Meridian Health as part of their month-long health awareness initiative ‘Paint The Town Pink, ‘ the purpose of which is to promote the importance of annual mammograms in the fight against breast cancer, featured educational exhibits by the Women’s Center at both Riverview Medical Center and Bayshore Community Hospital and included healthy refreshments provided by Chiafullo’s, a local business who has been a vocal advocate for the initiative in several towns. Panelists included Breast Program Medical Director at Meridian Cancer Care Dr. Debra Camal, M.D., who served as moderator as a surgeon specializing in breast surgery; Medical Director of the Women’s Centers at Riverview Medical Center and Bayshore Community Hospital Dr. Bokran Won, M.D., a breast imaging specialist; Dr. Priti Patel, a radiation oncologist affiliated with both Riverview Medical Center and Bayshore Community Hospital; Dr. Asaad Samra, M.D., FACS, a plastic surgeon affiliated with both hospitals; Dr. Christina Walsh, M.D., a hematology and oncology specialist affiliated with Riverview Medical Center; Jackie DiBernardo, R.N., a nurse navigator at Bayshore Community Hospital; and Jayne Murphy, M.S., a board certified genetics counselor.

After an initial discussion of Angelina Jolie and her recent radical mastectomy, the group of physicians led by Dr. Camal  commented on issues such as testing and diagnosis of breast cancer, genetic surveillance, the density of breast tissue and challenges in mammography, the additions of magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound testing, implants and breast re-constructive surgery. the technology surrounding radiation and chemotherapy in addition to side-effects and instances of breast cancer re-occurrence, needle biopsies, mastectomies, male breast cancer, and finally, risk reduction.

More information on Meridian Cancer Care is available by viewing the website www.MeridianCancerCareNJ.com.