Hedvig Hricak’s Approach to Cancer Treatment

As Chairman and 95th President of the Department of Radiology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Hedvig Hricak is no stranger to helping cancer patients.  Patient Sal Rozzi met up with a doctor at the hospital after getting a “doom and gloom cancer diagnosis” somewhere else.  A doctor at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center however, told he would be fine; that was 11 years ago. The hospital is at the forefront of creating new therapies and approaches to cancer and Hricak herself has made great strides in diagnostic imaging used to evaluate prostate cancer.

Some of Hricak’s work at the hospital is focused on customizing the imaging procedure to the individual patient.  In 2002 she was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies society.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is now operating a new facility in Bergen County and cancer treatment that will be offered there will be just as cutting edge. According to the center’s Physician-In-Chief Dr. Jose Baselga:

“We are making great progress. The cure rate for cancer is going up, and is going up fast. The amount of chemotherapy that we are giving to our cancer patients is going down.”

Rozzi’s story and experience at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is perhaps thus not surprising after all.