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Heroes Welcome: NWH Surgeons Create Connections With Cancer Patients

Phyllis Toohey received breast cancer reconstruction surgery at Northern Westchester Hospital.
Phyllis Toohey received breast cancer reconstruction surgery at Northern Westchester Hospital. Video Credit: Northern Westchester Hospital

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- For those battling breast cancer, choosing the right doctor can make all the difference. In the case of Phyllis Toohey, a cancer patient at Northern Westchester Hospital, the care provided by Dr. Julie Vasile and the bond formed as a result were just as important as the medical treatment she received.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Toohey traveled to Northern Westchester Hospital seeking the expertise and experience found at the hospital's Breast Institute. After meeting with Vasile, a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Toohey decided to undergo breast cancer reconstruction surgery.

At Northern Westchester Hospital, experienced breast cancer surgeons, reconstructive plastic surgeons and microvascular surgeons collaborate to develop an innovative surgical approach, similar to the one performed on Toohey. Assisted by specially-trained nurses and support personnel, The Breast Institute staff ensures patients receive both expert and compassionate care. 

Currently cancer-free, Toohey still marvels at the results of the procedure performed by Vasile. "She's a perfectionist," said Toohey. "Her love, patience and work were so incredible. I couldn't have been in a better environment and in better hands."

As Toohey develops a new everyday routine, from working out at the gym to completing daily tasks, the care provided by Vasile and Northern Westchester Hospital is never far from her mind. "I'm very thankful that I chose her," said Toohey. "She'll always be my hero."

Visit The Breast Institute at Northern Westchester Hospital to learn more about breast surgery and aesthetic oncology, or call 914-242-7640 to make an appointment with a rehabilitation specialist.

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