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LI 2 Day Walk to Fight Breast Cancer Names South Nassau a Beneficiary

South Nassau Communities Hospital has been named a beneficiary of the 2009 Long Island 2 Day (LI2Day) Walk to Fight Breast Cancer. The 2009 walk will take place on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7.

All of the money raised by LI2Day is donated directly back to Long Island community-based grassroots organizations. The two-day, 35-mile walk begins Saturday morning at Smith Point County Park at the Fire Island barrier beach in Shirley and continues along safe and scenic Suffolk County roads with continuous support from the Suffolk County Police Department, a qualified medical team, and local ambulance personnel.

After completing a 20-mile walk on Day 1, participants camp overnight at Cathedral Pines County Park in Middle Island. Walkers complete a 15-mile route back to Smith Point County Park the following day. Interested walkers, volunteers and sponsors can register or learn more about information sessions, training sessions and registration online by going to or by calling (631) )-863-2329.

Since its inception, LI2Day has raised more than $2 million in support of local grassroots organizations, research facilities and educational scholarships. In 2008, LI2DAY awarded South Nassau with a $31,500 grant in support of its breast cancer screening, early detection/diagnosis, and follow-up treatment program for underserved and minority patients.

South Nassau’s Breast Health Services Program offers a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary breast care program, with a full spectrum of clinical and support services, from screening and diagnosis to treatment and counseling. The program is recognized for its advanced treatment of both cancerous and benign breast problems. Early detection is the focus of South Nassau’s Complete Women’s Imaging, PC, which uses an array of state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies, including digital mammography, high resolution ultrasound and MRI of the breast. Minimally invasive procedures can detect breast cancer long before it becomes a serious threat to your health and wellness.

If a tumor or abnormality is detected, the Breast Health Services Program offers the most advanced treatments for breast cancer and breast health complications and uses targeted surgical techniques that aim to preserve as much of the healthy breast and surrounding areas as possible. This includes Contura™ multi-channel and Mammosite® a single channel balloon brachytherapy techniques, which utilize a balloon catheter to deliver highly localized radiation to the lumpectomy bed; breast-conserving surgery (commonly known as lumpectomy), in which only the tumor or abnormality is removed from the breast; or mastectomy, an operation in which the whole breast is removed. For invasive breast cancer, these procedures may be accompanied by a sentinel lymph node biopsy or axillary lymph node dissection if needed.

Oncoplastic surgical techniques are also offered. Oncoplasty combines surgical cancer removal with plastic surgery techniques to produce a superior cosmetic end result. Recommendations for whole-body or "systemic" treatments, such as hormonal therapy, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of two of the three therapies, may follow either surgical approach. If the patient has early-stage breast cancer, sentinel lymph node biopsy is used as an alternative to traditional lymph node dissection.

For more information about South Nassau’s Complete Women’s Imaging Center or Breast Health Services Program or to schedule an appointment, please call 1-877-SOUTH-NASSAU.

Long Island 2 Day Breast Cancer Walk Since its inception the LI2DAY has raised over $2 Million from the annual 35-mile, two-day walk. LI2DAY helps fund programs that assist with medical expenses, transportation, prosthetics and wigs, physical therapy, child care and more. While researchers forge ahead to determine why breast cancer rates are so high on Long Island and to find a cure, LI2DAY will continue to raise awareness and much needed funds for the women and men in our community who are fighting breast cancer right now - emotionally, physically and financially. For more information, visit or call 631- 863- 2DAY (2329).

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