More than 80 UFT members learned about the latest findings in breast cancer research and treatment at UFT headquarters on Dec. 12, as part of the UFT Welfare Fund’s Medical Learning Series. Dr. Neil Iyengar, a medical oncologist and clinical investigator at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, discussed new and cutting-edge findings. Among the studies he shared was one on the best ways to control joint pain that occurs as a side effect of hormone therapy. Some useful tools to ease the pain include mild to moderate exercise, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and acupuncture. The study found that patients who received acupuncture treatment showed a significant decrease in or elimination of pain. This finding hopefully will lead to more health insurance coverage for acupuncture, said Dr. Iyengar, who also took questions from the attendees. Catherine Creegan, the director of the UFT Welfare Fund’s Health and Cancer Helpline, introduced members to a team from MSK Direct, a program that gives UFT members and their family members access to a dedicated team of cancer specialists at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
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