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Hematologic Malignancies (Blood Cancers)

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The trusted specialists at the Cancer Center at Westchester Medical Center, flagship of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, also a WMCHealth member, provide a team approach encompassing several medical specialties to the diagnosis and treatment of hematologic (blood-related) diseases for both adults and children.

Renowned care matching or exceeding the nation’s best medical facilities is just one of many reasons to choose Westchester Medical Center and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. Recognizing blood cancers in a timely manner and selecting a cutting-edge care center with an experienced, specialized medical team are essential to renewing quality of life.

To ensure the best treatment for our patients, we offer the most up-to-date therapies and clinical research options. Our physicians treat the full range of hematologic diseases, including:

Another benefit for patients: Westchester Medical Center is the region’s only academic medical center due to WMCHealth’s affiliation with New York Medical College. This advances already expert care through the most contemporary medical research and breakthroughs at Westchester Medical Center, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and across WMCHealth.

Cancer Center team members are dedicated to providing leading-edge treatments with dignity and wellness for every patient, every time. A therapy regimen is resourcefully tailored to each patient’s specific needs; physicians achieve superb results for patients with all types of blood-cancer needs. We also offer cellular therapies that include chimeric antigen receptor (CAR-T Cells). Learn more.

Westchester Medical Center and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital are regional leaders in participating in cutting-edge research trials that offer promising therapies for both adults and children.

View a list of Clinical Trials currently open.

Adult Care

A cancer diagnosis can be shocking and distressing for patients and their families. The Cancer Center at Westchester Medical Center is here to support you and your family through this journey. We offer patients and families a comprehensive variety of resources that includes assistance navigating and securing services, social-work expertise, nutritional education and support groups.

Navigational services are offered to our breast and lung-cancer patients. Experienced, compassionate experts guide patients and caregivers from the very beginning of their cancer journey to ensure timely, appropriate access to care. They collaborate with a multidisciplinary team to coordinate screenings, diagnosis, treatment, referrals and other resources -- and are at your side to ensure a dignified patient experience throughout all phases of care. In addition, navigators support patients with plain-talk explanations and educational information to help them make informed decisions regarding treatment.

Social worker: Essential Assistance Tailored to Your Needs

A social worker specializing in cancer support assists patients and their families by providing emotional, psychosocial and social counseling, as well as information on practical issues, finances, transportation and support programs.

Two monthly support groups are available to patients:

  • The Living with Cancer Support Group, a safe place to inspire hope, share experiences, receive support and learn coping skills.
  • The Survivorship Support Group, a key source of strength that improves quality of life.

These groups are represented by patients with different types of cancer, including our bone marrow transplant survivors. Additional support groups are being planned for women facing breast or ovarian cancer. These support groups will accommodate English- and Spanish-speaking patients.

Cynthia Duncan, LMSW, Oncology Social Worker
Myrna Oliveras, Oncology Patient Navigator 

For more information, please call 914.246.6600.

Registered Dietician: Protecting Health, Alleviating Symptoms

The registered dietician is available to provide information about specific nutritional needs during cancer treatment. He/she is here to answer your questions regarding weight loss or gain, poor appetite, taste changes, nausea, dry mouth, difficulties swallowing, diarrhea or constipation, etc. You will receive information, customized to your care, about vitamins, minerals and other natural health products. For more information, please call 914.246.6600.

Survivorship Care

Upon completion of cancer treatment, every patient receives a survivorship care plan and information about helpful services. This includes a treatment summary, a detailed follow-up plan for medical, surgical or radiation treatment, what to expect in the long term and additional resources that inspire hope, how to best navigate the path ahead.

For more information, please call 914.246.6600.

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with a serious illness. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of the illness. The palliative medicine team at Westchester Medical Center works with your oncology team in the hospital to provide an extra layer of support and help manage symptoms and side effects from the illness or treatments. It is available at any stage of your illness.

Palliative care is often an essential part of your care, helping you remain in control of your life and care plan during your illness. Our goal is to improve quality of life for you and your family while receiving care at Westchester Medical Center.

For information, ask your Oncology team to make a referral when you are in the hospital or call 914.493.3112.

In addition, Westchester Medical Center offers vital, comforting support services to patients, families and visitors to ensure that each hospital stay is positive. Services include but are not limited to guest and special services, spiritual services and concierge and caregiver resources. Our compassionate team provides educational information, financial services, a helpful patient portal and more. To learn more click on “For Patients and Visitors” on the main tool bar above.

The Caregiver Center provides vital, comforting support during times of need, stress and trauma for those who selflessly nurture others during medical crises. The Caregiver Center is a conduit to an array of services that are free. Teams also match caregivers to community resources ready to assist. They help determine the assistance needed, where to find it, and how to request and access it. The Caregiver Center, on Westchester Medical Center’s Main Concourse, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please call 914.493.6800 for assistance or information.

Pediatric Care

WMCHealth provides a wealth of services designed to support pediatric patients and families during a stressful time. These helpful, and free, programs include:

  • Social Work Department
  • Support organizations
  • Support groups for teens and young adults
  • Resources for siblings
  • Resources for survivorship
  • Disease-specific resources
  • Financial-aid resources
  • Headwear and wigs
  • Camps
  • College financial aid.

Please CLICK HERE to go to Maria Fareri Children's Hospital for more information.

The Westchester Medical Center Cancer Center
19 Bradhurst Avenue
Suite 2575 South
Hawthorne, NY 10532

WMCHealth Brain and Spine Institute
19 Bradhurst Avenue
Suite 2900 South
Hawthorne, NY 10532
914.493.2505 fax

Gynecologic Oncology Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery
19 Bradhurst Avenue
Suite 3090 North
Hawthorne, NY 10532

Surgery and Surgical Oncology
19 Bradhurst Avenue
Suite 3050 North
Hawthorne, NY 10532

Thoracic Surgery
Westchester Medical Center
100 Woods Road
Valhalla, NY 10595

Radiation Medicine
100 Woods Road
Valhalla, NY 10595

The Children and Adolescent Cancer and Blood Diseases Center
19 Skyline Drive
Hawthorne, NY 10532
914.594.2143 fax

MidHudson Regional Hospital
The Redl Center for Cancer Care

19 Baker Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Overall Program Director

Mitchell S. Cairo, MD

Pediatric Program

Jennifer Krajewski, MD
Clinical Director of Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant 

Oya Tugal, MD
Mehmet Ozkaynak, MD
Jessica Hochberg, MD
Jeremy Rosenblum, MD
Andrew Bellantoni, MD
Edo Schaefer, MD

Aliza Gardenswartz, MD
Katherine Pehlivan, MD 

Inpatient Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

Maggie Londano, RN, MSN, CPNP
Kary Haro RN, MSN, CFNP
Lesley Fuentes, RN, MSN, CPNP
Ashley Boston, RN, MSN, CPNP
Emily Malaspina, RN, MSN, CPNP

Adult Program

Amir Steinberg, MD, FACP
Clinical Director of Adult Stem Cell Transplant

Tauseef Ahmed, MD (Adult)
Karen Seiter, MD (Adult)
Delong Liu, MD (Adult)

Inpatient Adult Nurse Practitioners

Stephanie Danyko, RN, MSN, CFNP
Sandra Gordon, PA-C
Mariama-Seray-Barrie, RN, MSN, CFNP

Collection Program (Bone Marrow and Peripheral Blood)

Mitchell S. Cairo, MD
Medical Director

Jennifer Krajewski, MD
Clinical Director (Pediatrics and Adults)

William Bergen, RN
Assistant Nursing Manager

Richard Sweeney, PharmD (Adults)
Clinical Pharmacist

Lianna Klejmont, PharmD (Pediatrics)
Clinical Pharmacist

Rose Shaw, RN
Nursing Manager

Transplant Nurse Coordinators

Patricia McHale, RN (Adult)
Meghan Campbell, RN, MSN, C-FNP (Pediatrics)
Isabel Gonzalez, RN, MSN, CPNP

Cellular Therapy Program (Pediatrics and Adults)

Amir Steinberg, MD, FACP
Clinical Director for Adult Stem Cell Transplantation

Aliza Gardenswartz, MD
Pediatric Hematological Malignancies Program
Cell Therapy and Stem Cell Transplantation

Cell Therapy Coordinators

Patty Mc Hale, RN (Adult)

Isabel Gonzalez, CPNP (Pediatrics) 

Megan Campbell, FNP-C (Pediatrics) 

Sandra Fabricatore, RN, MSN, CPNP
Quality Nurse Coordinator

Social Workers

Cynthia Kamajian-Duncan (Adults)
Barbara McLain (Pediatrics)