ANTHONY MAROTTA, NYC
Unfortunately, The Farber Center and similar centers are a necessity in many our lives. having said that, as far as i'm concerned there is only one place to go and that is The Farber Center. I have been a patient there on three different occasions treating three different locations. obviously their treatments have worked. their state of the art equipment is second to none. they are up to date on many types of cancers. the facility itself is immaculately clean and very contemporary. it's pristine. from the time you walk in you will be greeted by two of the nicest and sweetest people around. Sam and Vivian, the receptionists at the front counter, will welcome you with open arms. their caring and concern is immediate, and are always available. the therapists, who administer the radiation, is led by my pal Amy. Amy and her team are as professional as any team I have encountered. they make your time there as easy as possible under the circumstances. there is no urgency. they take their time with you. by their actions, they just make you feel that you're getting the best possible treatment, and you are. and then there is the man himself, Dr. Farber! his mellow style reverberates throughout the Center. from the front to the back of the Center. his honesty and patience is what drew me to the Center. he is unbelievably candid. he'll answer all your questions. he takes his time to explain everything. any fears one may have. to any reaction one may experience from the radiation. he's just a very positive person. he's just an unbelievable Doctor and a fabulous human being. and I forgot to mention that everybody in The Farber Center is always smiling. and it's infectious. this isn't a lowly lit depressing Center.. everybody just makes you feel alive. so if you or a loved one has need of such a Center, there shouldn't be any hesitation in your decision. this is an A+++ facility.
ANTOINETTE SABINSKY, BROOKLYN
After receiving the devastating news that I had lesions on my brain and needed radiation therapy I was stunned. Despite such alarming news, I tried to the best of my ability to remain positive and calm. I was instructed to call The Farber Center to make an appointment, which I did.
As the phone rang, the most pleasant woman (Vivian) I have ever encountered in my entire life, answered the telephone stating, "Oh, Hi Antoinette, I have been waiting for your call." "Now I am going to make you feel as comfortable as possible." As she explained the painless process to me, I began to have some consolation. "Maybe this isn't the worst thing in the world to happen", I said to myself. Vivian began to give me the instructions on how to get there and a time for my appointment.
As I arrived the next day to The Farber Center, I was greeted by Vivian herself. She presented herself in person with the same mannerisms as she did over the phone. The aura and décor of the center was phenomenal. Anyone who thought about chickening out now would immediately throw away those thoughts and focus on the positive professional and courteous mannerisms that surrounded them. They made you want to stay.
Dr. Farber was hilarious but attentive, Dr. Jackowitz was cordial and accurate, and Sammy was informative and pleasant. Amy was funny and polite and not only arranged my schedule according to may work hours, but also left options open for me to come in early if I had to.
Each day for the next 14 days, as I entered a room with a humongous, intimidating (but wonderful) radiation machine, I psyched myself out of my own fear by dancing to the machine so it could welcome me in its own way. The guys and gals who assisted Amy laughed as I danced my way to the machine, at times even choreographing my dance with them to do the same. They not only engaged themselves into my ritual, but had fun while doing it. Some days I would drag myself to the machine as the radiation began to take a toll on my body. The staff played an integral part of me returning day and day for 14 days until my treatment was over.
Although I am relived that the treatment is over, I must admit that I miss the professionalism, charm and charisma that were displayed by the entire staff. I felt at home when I was there. I recommend the Farber Center to anyone and am ever so grateful for a wonderful experience at the most vulnerable time of my life.
FRANK GRANIERO, NYC
Not all prostate cancer has to be treated aggressively. But if you are one of the unfortunate then you must do your own research and do not solely rely on your doctor for what each different type of treatment can or cannot offer. After I was diagnosed, I did extensive research and met with and spoke to each specialist in their field of treatment. Only one stood out who I felt would get rid of my cancer and at the same time give me the best chance of little or no side effects.
I chose The Farber Center for radiation oncology and could not be more satisfied with the treatment and the outcome. You will not meet a more compassionate, caring; doctor who actually lives by the Hippocratic Oath, than Dr. Leonard A Farber. Dr. Farber is the founder/director of this truly unique and wonderful center. He is a doctor who thinks out of the box, and who's concern for preventing any potential side effects (long or short term) is as much a priority to him as is eliminating your cancer.
You realize from the first time you walk in that this is not your typical cold, sterile hospital environment. The ambience can only be described as Zhen like. In fact I always felt like I was going for a message at an upscale spa rather than for radiation treatment. Starting with the front desk; Vivian and Sammy to the technicians; Amy, Kimmy and Lindsey to Doctor's Spierer and Jackowitz, you will not find a more cohesive knowledgeable and skilled team of individuals. Their professionalism, kindness, dedication, and welcomed sense of humor is only surpassed by their sincere concern for the comfort and well being (physical as well as spiritual) of everyone in their care. You are not treated as just another body as if on some mass assembly line with appointments intentionally designed to get you in and out as quickly as possible. In fact, at THE FARBER CENTER they will delay any procedure until the scan (which they do every day just before treatment) shows that you are lined up in the safety margins and you are good to go, rather than risk any harm to the surrounding healthy tissue.
I would highly recommend the Faber Center to any man with Prostate Cancer looking to rid himself of the cancer while avoiding any of the major debilitating side effects. I feel very fortunate and lucky to have found Dr. Farber and his truly exceptional state of the art radiation oncology center.
ERIC STEWART, BROOKLYN
When I first was informed that I had prostate cancer I just looked at my doctor in the face and automatically came to the conclusion that my world would no longer be bright. All the stories I'd heard had seen on the T.V. and some what read about very briefly, dashed in my mind as if it were all over for me, life that is, but I took hold of my self read more about my condition spoke more in depth with my doctor about my condition and ask him what should I do. The procedure of surgery was explained to me and the aftermath of what I would have to go through for recovery. I then opted to seek a second opinion, I was introduced to another doctor who gave me more insight than I already known and explained technology was of its forefront and procedures were highly successful in the field of radiation. I was given information about The Farber Center for Radiation Oncology and how they had helped so many before me and that I should give them my attention.
The following week after speaking with my second doctor, I jumped on the train took the ride down to the lower Manhattan, walked over just a few blocks to The Farber Center for Radiation Oncology as a matter of fact I actually walked past the building because I was expecting to see some thing generic and medial looking, you know a hospital or clinic in the sense. Instead I entered the ground floor of a very striking yet easy on the eyes hallway, to my left was a huge fish tank with wonderful and lovey tropical sea life. I had not yet entered the clinics to this point. I needed to walk a little further and open the door to the reception are which I could see thorough a wide glass entryway, as soon as I made my entry some of the most soothing music was noticed right away. I was greeted by staff members behind the counter in front of me even thought I had not reached it as of yet. Such warmth . I was offered coffee and coco even asked if there were something else I would prefer. Was I in a cafe or clinic. (smile).
I felt as though I'd just won the lottery! Being given so much attention and courtesy. The fine attention continued when introduced to Dr. Farber. He was so informative and to the point about when I was with my condition and what to expect down the road afterwards. I did not feel as thought I was being shuffled in and shuffled out. You know as if I were a number so to speak. After going through all the motions I was put at ease even more so by the actual ladies attending me when it came to the treatment itself. They catered to my every question explaining what the huge machines was ,It's functions and so on. The waiting room, the bathrooms gave me the feeling of being at a resort and always the wonderful sound of relaxing music wafting through out the center. Not once did I experience the feeling of being uncomfortable or not knowledgeable of what I was to expect or experience. During my treatments I even had what I refer to as "Zen" therapy. So very relaxing, welcoming after being treated, Thank you Keeley. Also thanks go out to Sammy Vivian, Lindsey, Kimberly and Ashley all wonderful people to have made my story here wonderful.
Each and every week on Tuesday was a pow wow day with the doc. Just info on how I was progressing, this was very informative as to my mindset. When It was explained to me I was about to be complete with my treatment I felt elated yet somewhat saddened only because I enjoyed the attention and care. I will miss the cloth hand towels and flowing water from the faucets which really intrigued me, yeah you know wash rooms; go figure!
My experience here at The Farber Center so unique and refreshing from a patients point of view, once more I'd like to thank Dr. Farber all the Farber Center staff for the experience of being so cared about and cared for in such a way, they should change their name to the Farber Caring Center for radiation oncology.
CHANTAL GREGOIRE, BROOKLYN
I needed to make a decision about where to go for my treatment.
After reaching out to a number of hospitals known for their top of the line care, my neighbor, who had just started her own radiation treatment, mentioned The Farber Center for Radiation Oncology in Tribeca. I had never heard of it, so I immediately researched the facility online. What a calming surprise when you enter the website. A dreamy, spa-like setting, unlike any hospital you would normally encounter for this kind of treatment. After reading about the doctors and their level of expertise, it definitely was worth further investigation. I called and set up a consultation appointment with Vivian. Her gentle and comforting tone drew me in even more!
That first day is one that I will never forget. My husband came with me and we were immediately greeted by the receptionist, Sammi. She asked me how I was doing. A simple, but thoughtful question. No one had asked me that before. It showed me a level of compassion and care that I didn't think I would find anywhere else. It just got better from there. Vivian came to introduce herself and before we knew it, we realized that we knew each other. You know how they say, some things were just meant to be, well, discovering the Farber Center was meant to happen for me.
My treatment was completed in June of this year. The first couple weeks were the toughest, but after Reiki treatments with Keely, raw food demonstrations and informational seminars, weekly updates from Dr. Spierer and of course, the warmest and most comforting care from the extended staff, I made it through my six weeks and felt strong. I can't believe that time is now a distant memory. My healing, both physically and emotionally, I believe, was rooted in my decision to go to the Farber Center. Thank you for making my treatment feel like I could do it!
RICHARD TAYLOR, BROOKLYN
On my 1st visit to The Farber Center for Radiation Oncology I was pleasantly surprised. A friend escorted me and we were both impressed with the warmth, not only of the environment, but also of every person we met.
Vivian first introduced herself and then offered to brew me a soothing green tea. Sammie warmly explained that Dr, Spierer would see me right after she took my vitals. On meeting Dr. Spierer I immediately knew I was at a cutting edge facility where I would receive world-class radiation treatment. Dr. Spierer took her time with me and explained to me what side effects I could expect. On the same day I was fitted with my mask. I met Kimberly, who was so warm and eager to explain the process of making and fitting the apparatus. It would hold my head stone still during my 30 radiation treatment sessions. I soon met Amy who was so warm and professional and accommodating I can't imagine anyone being more helpful.
I completed my 6 weeks of radiation treatment and my initial 42 days of chemotherapy. I also began and completed the induction phase of the vaccine trial. And my most recent MRI was clear of cancer. YES!!
I keep a positive outlook on everything I do and I am so grateful for the support and care I have received. I'm doing my part to heal, but I would not be here without my cancer team. I have the best team of cancer specialist fighting on my side. Through all of this I was never just a number I was always a person. My advice to anyone fighting cancer is to be your own advocate. Fight for the right team; if your doctor tells you that you can only be treated at one hospital then go somewhere else. Go to a doctor who will put the best team together for you. I had one doctor in Brooklyn, one at NYU and one at The Farber Center. Your team can make all the difference.
ELIZABETH LEMBESSIS, NYC
The healing at the Farber Center begins as you go through the front door. You enter an area that is flooded with light coming through frosted windows. You're protected from the outside world. You're safe. You go down a few steps (or a ramp) that are covered by tile that you'd normally find in a swimming pool-water is part of the healing here. At the reception desk are two warm, loving women, Sammi and Vivian, who make you feel right at home.
The women and men (Kim, Vanessa, Amy, Andrew, and others) who actually performed my treatments are all friendly, lovely people who did everything they could to make me as comfortable as possible. They were never too busy to have my favorite music playing and always told me what they were about to do.
The doctors I saw every week, Drs. Spierer and Jackowitz, are both open, warm, and caring. You can talk to them about anything, and they never make you feel rushed out of the room. During my initial consultation with Dr. Spierer, when I was still deciding whether to have radiation treatments, she sat with me for the longest time, answered all of my questions, showed me research articles, reviewed possible treatment protocols and outcomes, and never once pressured me into treatment. She is truly a delightful person. During my month of treatment, my husband was recovering from hospitalizations for two heart conditions.
There were days that were so hectic and draining that I actually looked forward to the peace and serenity of the radiation room, so much so that I once jokingly asked for a double session. Without exception and on an almost daily basis, everyone at the Farber Center who knew about my husband's situation would ask me how he was doing. Whenever I had to be with him for a procedure or doctor's office visit, Amy, the chief therapist, graciously accommodated my schedule changes. These people cared about my whole life, not just my radiation treatments. If it is your fate in life to have cancer, and if you are to receive radiation, then the Farber Center is the place for you. I shall never forget all these lovely, healing people who did their very best to make sure that I stay healthy.
SCOTCH WILKS, NYC
In my first appointment with Dr. Farber, I was impressed with the caring attitude of Dr. Farber and of his entire staff, which helped to set me at ease. But I was most happy to hear him tell me that by treating the skin cancer with radiation rather than surgery, I not only could be cancer free...I could do so without having the unsightly scar. I remember Dr. Farber telling me that "When this is over, your skin will be as smooth as a baby's bottom".
I underwent eight sessions of radiation over a period of four weeks. The procedure is basically pain free, other then an eventual slight burning sensation, not much worse than a sunburn. There was a few weeks of having a scab as it healed. But after a few weeks from the initial treatment, I was able to see smooth, clear skin, free of scars, and free of cancer.
I am so happy that I sought out other options! It's disappointing that dermatologists appear to not have much knowledge of this option, leaving many patients to think that surgery is the only avenue of hope. Would I do it again? Certainly, without hesitation! Especially knowing that the rate of recurrence is just about as low as that of surgery. It's been over a year since my treatment. The cancer has not returned and the area on my face is indeed "smooth as a baby's bottom".
STEPHEN VASAK, NYC
Thank you, Farber Center. The Farber Center is more than just a state of the art radiation center. Patients are not numbers and certainly not a part of an assembly line. The Center provides its patients with a whole mind body experience by supplementing its expert medical services with exceptional care and positive motivation. The center combines medical treatment with holistic yoga therapy, Reiki, essential oil therapy, classes on coping with cancer, nutrition and lifestyle.
Dr. Farber has assembled a dream team of caring, competent doctors, technicians and supporting staff. They collectively make each patient feel at peace knowing they are receiving competent medical treatment. It's like visiting family, all are so friendly and caring, even the toilets want you to wave at them. You have to be there to know what I mean.
JAY PACK, JERSEY CITY
Treatment at the center was an unbelievable experience. I always arrived for my treatments a little early, and most of the time I was whisked away to one of the private dressing rooms to change into a terrycloth robe (no paper gowns here) before I could even get half way through my cappuccino latte espresso, one of the abundant choices of gourmet coffee's available for fresh brewing. The treatment team including Amy, Kim & Andrew was consistently extraordinary in their level of professionalism-with unerring attention to detail, and always quite sense of empathy.
I came to appreciate while in treatment here that there's absolutely nothing wrong with an ethereal experience when one is faced with daily treatment for issues that are so serious. In addition to the gourmet coffee & tea selections, the quiet music, the beautiful aquariums with exotic fish, the always calm atmosphere, the lovely gift bag after a few weeks of treatment-really does make a difference. The most important thing for me during those two months was that each and every time that I was at The Farber Center; I was always made to feel like 'THE" patient of the moment instead of the "NEXT" patient.
The overall attitude at the center is that the patients comfort is paramount, and anything else can be dealt with. I would suspect that if I were being treated at one of the major centers, the attitude would have been -this is your schedule, either finish it or don't- because we have our "NEXT" patient to get to.
Dr Leonard Farber is clearly a good business man, you don't run the type of world class treatment center that he does without being so, but more importantly he is one of those increasingly rare breed of doctors-who chooses to be a doctor first and foremost!
Jay C. Pack - Jersey City, NJ.
JEFF SINGH, QUEENS
Dear Dr. Farber:
One of the many very satisfied patients you have treated (cancer of prostate) was in my office yesterday and shared his impression of your facility, "The Farber Center" with me, as follows:
"When I was told that I had Prostate Cancer, I was devastated. I was convinced that my life had come to an end. I was worried about my young family and what will become of them! I walked into The Farber Center For Radiation Oncology with a heavy heart and fearful. My previous visits to hospital centers were a cold, imposing atmosphere, impersonal staff, and long waiting time, was not pleasant.
My first visit to The Farber Center was a different experience altogether, full of empathy, renewed hope of cure and continuation of life. I was greeted by the front desk staff who actually gave me a hug (a great human touch.) We completed the mundane formalities of paperwork. The office space is serene, spotlessly clean and even a fresh cup of coffee is readily available which can warm up the soul which was down in the dumps to say the least. Dr. Farber made sure that I completely understood the details of the treatment in a compassionate manner (contrary to the previous surgeon who sang praises of the new robot and his flawless technique, never explaining the life changing complications of the procedure.)
My treatment required multiple visits, hence, I got to know the staff very well. They were all caring and mindful of my working schedule, their flexibility in scheduling my appointments made it possible to keep my job. I will never forget an incident when I needed to get to a certain facility for scans, they had that facility arrange a car service to the facility, but also to my home!
Now that my treatment is completed and all tests indicate that my cancer has been defeated, I have once again reason to believe that I will live and be with my family. To a great extent, this credit goes to you Dr. Farber and his team. I am extremely grateful to them." Jeff Singh
The above is the recollections of a patient treated at your center. I have many patients who have expressed these sentiments. I know that your state of the art treatment and your communication with me is prompt. Please continue your excellent work so that more patients may benefit.
Zafar Khan, MD
KRISTINA TOLPA, NEW AMSTERDAM
Each day walking into The Farber Center I was welcomed by Sammi and Vivian and what can I say about them but they are the GREATEST. Not only did I love to hear their stories but because of them much of my stress about insurances and other issues was alleviated. When getting my actual treatments, Amy, Andrew and Kimmy were so helpful and patient. They were also extremely flexible with my schedule in order for me to spend as much time as I could at home on the weekends. Because of everyone I actually enjoyed going to a doctors office each day.
My last day of treatments were difficult not because of the unknown (because that was all taken care of during a two day class given by Dr. Spierer and Dr. J which is part of their after care program calls OHE optimal healing environment classes) but because of my goodbyes. I terribly miss everyone!!!!!
Thank you to Sammi and Vivian who brightened each day as well as taking care of the financial aspects with my insurance. Thank you for treating me like your friend not a patient. Thank you to Amy, Andrew, and Kimmy for taking the best possible care of me. Thank you to Keeley and Luana for eliminating my side effects to these treatments and empowering me to take care of myself the best way possible. Thank you to Dr. Spierer and Dr. J for your compassionate approach to medicine. And last but certainly not least, Thank you to Dr. and Mrs. Farber for creating a soothing and comforting environment where cancer patients do not need to be afraid.
Thank you Farber Center for not just saving my life but making it that much better with experiences that will always be remembered and lifelong friendships. This was not my battle with breast cancer it was my journey, and it has only just begun.
JIMMY GALLMAN, NEW ROCHELLE
In December 2011 Dr. Khan referred me to The Farber Center for Radiation Oncology to treat my prostate.
After meeting Dr. Farber and Dr. Jackowitz I was confident that God had sent me to them and that I had made the right decision. I could not have been in better hands. The entire team, Sammi and Vivian at the front desk were a pleasure to be with 5 days a week. Amy, Kimberly, and Andrew the therapists were great, kind and made me feel so comfortable. I had no side effect from the treatment only some minor discomfort sometimes. I hope that by writing this letter I will encourage others with similar symptoms to seek treatment at The Farber Center. You can't find a better place.
Thank you all.
P.S. With faith in God and the peoples he put in your path you can accomplish anything.
ANTHONY MORATTA, NYC
Just a little note letting you know about my experience at your center. When I first walked in I was greeted by Sammi and Vivian...They were Fabulous! They greeted me with reverence, calmness, and confidence. They made me feel that The Farber Center is where I needed to be. Their reassurance was immensely helpful to me. On my first day of therapy, I met the therapists, who mostly consisted of Amy, Andrew, and Kimberly. They exteneded nothing to me but calmness and confidence when I entered the treatment room. I felt like I was there for my daily 15 minute nap. There is no drama anywhere in your center. The soothing calmness is so contagious that it made me feel like everything is going to be ok. My weekly visits with Dr. J were also relaxing and informative. We discussed all aspects of my treatment and any reaction I may have experienced. I did not have the pleasure or opportunity of meeting the rest of your staff, which is first rate. The center itself is large and immaculately clean, and again I can't emphaisze it enough, how stressfree, calming, and therapeutic it is. It is very evident, which brings me to you, Dr. Farber. Your center is very reflective of your personality. You made me feel confident in knowing that after my treatments were finished I would be ok. I'm feeling great and have all the confidence in the world that I will continue to do well. A lot of my confidence comes directly from my first meeting with you, You have that speicail "IT" that many professionals dont have and I consider myself very lucky to have found the center and to have been a patient at your center. I truly feel like you guys are family to me and I'm fortunate to consider you all friends. I will have no reservations on recommending your center to anyone who needs your services, and the reality is there are too many people who need your center. Once again I would liek to thank you and your staff for the wonderful experience I have at your A+ faciilituy. Very Truly Yours,
EDNA STAFFORD, NYC
In September 2011, I found myself battling breast cancer for the second time. I couldn't believe it had returned. A lumpectomy was performed and I was told that this time I would have to do radiation therapy (the first time a masectomy was done). Needless to say I was afraid as I had never heard anything positive about radiation treatment. Then I was referred to The Farber Center. From the first time I set foot in The Farber Center, I knew this was a special place. The ladies at the front desk (Sammi, Vivian and Lillian) were very pleasant, courteous and efficient. That day I also met Dr. Spierer and Dr. Jackowitz who I now consider to be a winning combination. They spoke with me in depth about the procedure, possible side effects and the results that they hoped to achieve. They also spoke with me about what I was feeling and the results that I was looking for. When I left that day most of my fears in regard to radiation therapy and been alleviated.
The next day was the first procedure and the day I met the radiation technicians. Amy, Kimberly and Andrew are awesome. They work together like a well oiled machine. They were polite, funny and above all else, always making sure that me the patient was given the best possible treatment even when it took three or four tries to get me set up correctly ( and that happened on more than a couple of occasions).
Last but not least, the incorporation of the ZEN therapy was a very pleasant surprise. I don't know of any other place that tries to heal not only the body, but the mind and spirit as well. Keely and Ashley always made me feel very comfortable and relaxed. They were patient and just listened when I wanted to talk, which was often and always questioned what I wanted to do that day and how I felt. What a great service to patients going through something as life changing as radiation therapy.
Looking back now that my treatment is done, what a wonderful place to go through something that could have been very traumatizing and come out feeling that this was a great experience. I would recommend The Farber Center to anyone who has to do radiation therapy. The professionalism with which I was treated and the care that I received by everyone at The Farber Center makes me feel truly lucky to have been referred here and I say to all of you there that had anything to do with my treatment, job well done. Edna
CHERYL RAMSAY, NYC
My worst fears were realized when I was told those dreaded words “you have breast cancer”. I knew then that my life had changed, and I thought of the worst possible scenarios. After my lumpectomy, I had to find an institution that did not only provide the 5 days of radiation I needed for 6 weeks or so, but one that also cared about my well being. I can attest, without hesitation that I found what I was looking for at The Farber Center.
I called the Farber Center and made an appointment to see Dr Marnee Sperier. I spoke with Vivian, and after scheduling my appointment, she assured me that they will take care of me. Those words meant so much to me. At that moment I felt that I had received a much needed hug from someone who I had never met, but someone who cared. My first visit to the Farber Center, I was greeted by Sammi, such a pleasant person. For some reason, I got lost and could not find the address. Sammi came out of her office and greeted me on the street. She made me feel special. I know of no other medical facility, where a receptionist comes outside to escort a first time patient. I soon came to realize that caring, personable people are employed at the Farber Center. Upon entering the center, I felt the calming, quiet and friendly atmosphere. The office is lovely, it seemed as though I was walking into an immaculate Spa. The first thing I was asked was whether I needed a cup of coffee. Having to deal with my condition the atmosphere felt much more than welcomed but at home. I then met with Dr Spierer, who spoke with me at length and explained what my radiation treatment would entail. She answered all my questions. As I spoke with Dr Spierer, I felt like I was sitting in the living room speaking with my best friend. Dr Spierer is such a down to earth person. Her professionalism, caring demeanor and warmth convinced me that she had to be my doctor.
During my six plus weeks of radiation treatment at the Farber Center, I could not have asked for a better group of people to take care of me, than those at the Farber Center of Radiation Oncology. I looked forward to my weekly meetings with Dr Sperier and Dr Jacowitz (Dr ‘J”). They definitely helped me to get through the process. Even though my radiation treatment is over, Dr Spierer is always available whenever I have a question to be answered, of just feel the need to talk and be reassured. I am forever grateful to Dr Spierer and the entire staff at the Farber Center.
NICOLETTA AGNELLI, NYC
"You'll have to have 6 weeks of radiation. 5 days a week for 6 weeks." I was so elated to hear 'radiation' and not 'chemo ' that I did not even think of the ramifications of such a prescription and what effect it would have on my body or psyche. Everyone else thought about it for me, told me about the horrors of radiation, the hours spent waiting for appointments in dingy waiting rooms and the horribly noisy machines employed in the act of radiation. Let me tell you, were they misinformed. First, never pay attention to anyone who has not actually experienced something like radiation. Everyone's disease is different and everyone's radiation is different. At The Farber Center, I was greeted and treated from day one as a 'special' person not one of the crowd, not one with a curable cancer or a terminal cancer, but someone who deserved and got all the special attention that any patient should receive. The atmosphere from entrance was one of calm confidence and amazing good humor. I immediately felt that I would be taken care of not only physically but spiritually as well. Everyone there, from the smiling receptionists to the fabulous, expert technicians, and the marvelous doctors took responsibility for the energy they brought to the patients. It was unwaveringly healing, joyous energy. It is difficult not to respond positively to that kind of energy, and positive thinking helps anyone heal.
I was one of the fortunate patients. There were others much more ill than I. They received the same thoughtful consideration, total attention and compassion. That their spirits were lifted was visible and I am sure this kind of attention aided in their journey toward a better outcome. The center provided light, laughter, and a lovely (very chic) place to be while waiting for your appointment which was ALWAYS prompt. There were copious refreshments for those, who, like I, cannot go without coffee for too long, and teas to soothe or invigorate. The center also considers your spiritual self and has partnered with the Donna Karan Urban Zen project offering yoga and stretching and reiki etc. for those who wish to assuage their minds as well as their bodies after undergoing the rigors of a cancer diagnosis. The Center was so inviting that many came early or stayed after their appointments to enjoy the calm atmosphere, feel the emanation of health and good spirits and take in the beautiful aquariums there to ease the trepidacious soul. The Farber Center for 6 weeks, 5 days a week was the highlight of my day and will remain a bright spot in my life. I am honored to know such fine people.
HOLLIE PETREZ, NYC
I would sincerely like to thank everyone at The Farber Center for making a very scary life changing experience a manageable one.
I can remember my first day at The Farber Center, I was very nervous, not knowing what to expect. As soon as I entered through the doors the warm and pleasant attitude of the staff quickly made me feel at ease.
The staff at The Farber Center are very caring and professional. Through out my seven weeks of treatment, I’ve grown to love each and every on of them. They’re like family to me. Everyone goes out of their way to make sure that patients are their number one priority. I will miss them dearly.
I would highly recommend The Farber Center to anyone that needs radiation treatment of any kind. Thank you again Dr. Farber and your entire staff for the best professional medical treatment ever. I will never forget any of you.
ANNE LEE and ROBERT LEE, NYC
Dear Dr. Farber, Dr. Jackowitz, the radiology techinicians/therapists receptionist.
My brother, Robert Lee had a wonderful and caring experience at The Farber Center. He was recently diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. He also had emphysema and COPD. Surgery was not possible due to the location of the mass. He needed radiation and Chemotherapy.
The atmosphere was very pleasant, soothing and calming. Soft music was heard and the private changing/dressing rooms and waiting area were scented with candles prior to going into the treatment room.
Amy, Andrew and Regina were very caring and compassionate during his treatments, they always asked about his well being.
There was on incident when Robert could not receive treatment- he was coughing so much that he could not be still on the “table” and he was having difficulty breathing. Dr. Farber and Dr. Jackowitz were able to calm him down and get Robert to breath normally. It had never happened before. They made a report to Dr. Pon at the nursing home.
Robert did not have any side effects from his radiation treatment, he felt fine. Hopefully the mass shrunk.
The office Staff was especially nice and Vivian and Sammi were always pleasant and kind to us. They were very helpful with his problem with medical insurance and extremely supportive in helping us through it. They were so kind and compassionate to Robert.
Everyone was caring and kind to him. Thank you for everything. We appreciate everything that you have done for him.
Anne Lee and Robert King Lee
VICTOR ZEINES, DDS, NYC
So you have cancer and are looking for answers…What to do
You probably have the same feelings of fear and disbelief I had when I found out my biopsy was positive. How can that be??? I’m a holistic dentist!! I do all the right things and you know what??? It didn’t matter, my biopsy was positive.
The greatest problem I faced was deciding what to do. It seemed everyone I knew, had a friend that had cancer and their doctor was one step below God…getting incredible results…after the tenth story I realized I was completely overwhelmed and needed some real information.
The Internet…I found out many things about cancer and many places to go…but that wasn’t enough.
I started to treat myself nutritionally after all I write books on health. But I still needed some sort of conventional therapy. I went to Doctors that did surgery and radiation. They were great people but the treatments all had problems, such an impotence and incontinence, neither of which I wanted. As one of the surgeons said, “There is no free lunch here.” However there are options some of which are more acceptable then others. Further research led me to The Farber Center for Radiation Oncology. I met with the staff and found out two things at that first visit.
Dr. Farber and his staff are great!- very warm and very supportive. While all the other places I had gone to also had great staff, this was on a slightly different level. Much more personal.
The treatment is amazing!!! I went to see them already having scheduled surgery, thinking that would be the best of not great options. I have never been a fan of radiation feeling this could do a lot of damage. This was different instead of two beams they use many beams, each one having a lower amount of radiation so normal tissue is not harmed but the cancer is destroyed!
After meeting with them I canceled my surgery and began therapy the following week. The treatment was astounding!!! No pain no nothing! I almost felt that I never really was sick…no after effects just great care from a highly supportive staff.
I have been so pleased with my treatment and outcome that I hope to become part of their staff, helping people to enhance their immune system by removing mercury fillings and with nutritional support.
Yours in Health,
Victor Zeines, DDS
VIRGINIA BURLIN, QUEENS
Dr. Farber, Dr. Jackowitz, Vivian, Regina, Amy , Andrew.....
A Big Heart,
A Big Help....
A Big Thank You
I'm very grateful to be apart of The Farber Group. I appreciate your kindness and wonderful care. Everyone's smiles certainly help all patents requiring your wisdom and help.
Dr. Farber knows I'll be back!!!
LEONARD TAPALOW, BROOKLYN
The first time we visited The Farber Center for Radiation Oncology I knew this was the place for me. I was greeted by Vivian, who asked me and my wife if we'd like coffee or tea—Not the usual "what insurance do you have" or "that will be a $35 co pay"
After this friendly greeting it only got better, the entire facility is brand new, spotless, and extremely functional.
Dr. Farber's staff was incredible at making me feel very comfortable and relaxed every time I returned for one of my 37 radiation treatments.
Amy, Regina, and Andrew went out of their way to make me feel comfortable, escorting me to my own dressing room. Providing me with a plush cloth bathrobe and making sure I felt at ease. Throughout my 7 plus weeks of treatment I never felt rushed or under pressure.
Dr. Farber or Dr. Jackowitz were always there every Tuesday to examine me and make sure all my questions and concerns were answered. Whatever happens to the rest of my life we will always be extremely grateful for the help of The Farber Center.
Charlotte and Leonard Tapolow
MARJORIE COHEN, BROOKLYN
When I first walked into The Farber Center, it was obvious that the place is someone's dream come to life. The center and equipment are beautiful and new, the staff is kind, welcoming and knowledgable.
I tend to gravitate towards the slightly grittier side of things, but decided that for this chapter of my life a little pampering was in order. I'm so glad I made that decision. It's — almost—a privilege to need your care.
As a patient I was treated with respect, gentle compassion, professionalism, and a little humor. Laughter is a good accompaniment to a scary journey.
Thank you for my life. Marjorie
CURTIS BABB, ROSEDALE
My Dear Dr. Farber,
On behalf of my husband, and me. I would like to thank you and all your staff for the professional way we were treated for the past nine weeks.
We were given two options for treatment, one was near our home, the other was The Farber Center. Your center was highly recommended. When we walked in the first day it was like walking into a spa. The room setting, the nice soft soothing music, the candles, and the fish tank helped to calm all fears.
The staff was very caring, and professional. Vivian is a gem, she treats everyone with warmth, and dignity.
We got to interact with other patients, and it felt like home away from home. I will highly recommend your center to anyone needing your service.
Thank you so much, Curtis and Norma Babb
MARINA HIGGINS, NEW YORK CITY
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2010, I began a journey through the American healthcare process that was both frightening and frustrating. While most of the medical professionals I encountered were well-intended, I found that the traditional facilities available to breast cancer patients were sterile, impersonal and worst of all, disorganized.
I began my search for a radiation facility by speaking to my surgeon and then to other breast cancer survivors, some of whom were friends and colleagues. I was told to expect mediocre treatment, at best. The radiation therapy would be likely administered in a hospital where I would have to sit and wait, sometimes for hours. Even more startling, I was warned that the onus was on me to ensure I received my own prescription, rather than another patient’s because there were so many of us. A friend who had undergone her own battles with treatment a few years before, cautioned me to be especially vigilant and assertive if I wanted to receive any kind of quality care.
But somehow I got lucky: I discovered The Farber Center.
I could never have anticipated the beautifully designed treatment center; it was more like a spa than an impersonal medical facility. The staff at The Farber Center even accommodated my busy schedule so that I could continue to work throughout the radiation process.Every day, I had the benefit of coming to a place that was serene and immaculate; where I was greeted by name and always with a reassuring smile. My radiation oncologist, Dr. Spierer, was available at all times to speak to me, either in person or by phone. She answered questions directly and guided me through the entire process with compassion and empathy. I felt that every member of the Farber team seemed genuinely concerned about my well-being. And as strange as it may sound, I actually miss my daily interactions with the doctors and staff!
I cannot imagine a more supportive environment to help me through the most challenging episode of my life, and will always be grateful for the wonderful care I received. This experience has contributed to my recovery in no small way: The Farber Center gave me back perspective and helped renew my optimism and zeal for life. Thank you.
TED THOMPSON, NEW YORK CITY
From the moment I stepped in through the door of The Farber Center I was made to feel that I was in the hands of a capable caring team where my welfare and well being would come first. This attitude of personal caring is reflected by every staff member of this comfortable up to date facility in downtown Manhattan. I would not hesitate to recommend The Farber Center to anyone in need of the best in radiation treatment. I was afraid but now feel confident. Thank you Farber Team!
FRANCES BARBUTO, NEW YORK CITY
From the time of my first appointment, I knew I had made the right decision to follow my surgeon's recommendation to work with Dr. Farber for MammoSite radiation. Dr. Farber's calm, professional manner put me at ease. His careful, detailed explanation of the MammoSite process and his willingness to provide complete, understandable answers to my questions helped me to feel that he was a partner with me in my recovery process. In addition, Dr. Farber worked well with my surgeon and oncologist. He communicated with each of them on the process of the treatment and all follow up visits. Dr. Farber's medical skill, coupled with his mastery of cutting edge technology combined to provide me with a targeted treatment plan that extended beyond the administration of the radiation. Dr. Farber's holistic approach of sound medical treatment, technological expertise, and ongoing current awareness activities regarding advances in cancer treatment as well as overall health and well being have had a significant, positive impact on my life.
MICHELLE LABOVE, NEW YORK CITY
After being diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoing surgery, I was faced with needing radiation treatments and Meeting a new doctor who I hoped would understand my fears. I was very impressed the first time I met Dr. Farber. I knew that I was in good hands. He was very professional but showed compassion and concern. I know that I wasn't the easiest patient, since I was very nervous and scared. I didn't know what to expect and had many fears but Dr. Farber always had time to see me and answer my questions. I always felt comfortable and I knew that the care I was getting was the best. I can't thank Dr. Farber enough for the way I was treated. My other doctors have commented on how well I have healed from the radiation. He changed an unpleasant situation into a positive outcome. I will always be grateful for his kindness.
NANCY PAPPAS, NEW YORK CITY
Dr. Lauren Shaiova became one of the most important people in my family's life. My husband was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in April 2005. He already had massive lesions in his sacrum and ileum. Although we found a wonderful oncologist, he wasn't able to manage his pain. We followed his oncologist's advice and met with Dr. Shaiova. From that first day she gave us hope that he would be able to have some quality of life for whatever time he had left. And he did! Doctor Shaiova was able to manage his pain. She was always available to speak with us. I could email or call her if he was experiencing breakthrough pain and she would always get right back to me. As a caregiver, I knew that she would always be there for me. She treated him as if she were caring for a member of her own family. It was a truly difficult road for my family and me. We would not have been able to endure without her support. Her caring, guidance, patience, and friendship over those 5 years we treasure. When my husband entered hospice, she came to our house to see him and was on constant call to get us through those most difficult days. My husband died peacefully at home on December 25, 2009. It was largely through her efforts that he was able to die at home surrounded by his family. For that we will be eternally grateful. She showed my sons and me that there are still caring, loving professionals in this world. We will never forget her.
ROBIN EDWARDS, NEW YORK CITY
My journey with Doctor Spierer began 5/5/06, after a referral was made to her office from my oncologist for a consultation request/examination. Just when you think you can not take anymore cancer treatment (chemo, diag. with breast cancer Dec.2005), and you may just want to give up and throw in the towel, raise the white flag, you hear Dr. Spierer's heels of her shoes walking down the hall "STRONG POWERFULL SOUND". The door knob turns, curtain is pushed backed and a big smile greets you. Dr. Spierer's smile alone reduced any and all anxiety about radiation treatment. After consultation with DR. Spierer I automatically knew she was the Dr. to see me through radiation treatment; 5-days a week, 6-8 weeks of treatment. Visits with Dr. Spierer once a week were "PRICELESS". The quality of care and treatment "PRICELESS". Dr. Spierer is not just a Dr. in a white coat, she goes above & beyond her profession. She is an extraordinary, genuine, nurturing and caring person. Dr. Spierer took the time to get to know me as a person & not just a patient (she saw me beyond the cancer), and called me personally when needed. Dr. Spierer sat down (not behind a desk) with me discussed a treatment plan for my specific needs and went through the process with me from beginning till…well there is no end…she is still there, uplifting, inspiring, & encouraging. Dr. Spierer's carefree spirit was always interested in what I was doing and or going through physically, mentally, personally, professionally and even educationally. Dr. Spierer was always there to cheer me on, and coach me through what ever it was I was going through. Gusty Girl is what she called me, which was the title of a book I was reading. Dr. Spierer always was an active listener, and she reminded me of the person who I was before a life with cancer and treatments. Dr. Spierer gave me a second chance and the ability to return to life. A life full of hope and joy. Radiation therapy with Dr. Spierer was not just follow up care it was a time of transition, adaptation, and the courage to face an uncertain future. I learned a new way of life, tips for life after treatment, and gained respect for radiation therapy. I once told Dr. Spierer that I would love to work with her because she defined morals, ethics, values and manners, of professionalism that makes her stand out as the unique person that she is, along with being the best dress doctor I have ever seen. Whether she was having a bad day or not you could not tell. She has never treated me any different from the very first day I met her.
Thanks Dr. Spierer I am forever grateful.
SANDRA DEL VECCHIO, NEW YORK CITY
However long my visits were with Dr. Marnee Spierer, she always gave of herself to assist me in one form or another, whether it was answering all my medical questions or easing some of my fears or filling out some tedious paperwork I needed filled out. Dr. Spierer has a special way about her. When she walks into the room she is like a candle that sheds light in the dark. With that light, she provided me with encouragement, comfort and support. She was always concerned about me as a person. I had said to her on a few occasions that "I wanted to be her when I grew up". I admire her for her intelligence, charisma and most of all her down to earth persona. Her bed-side manners speak for themselves; they are impeccable. When we speak to one another I feel like I am speaking to one of my best friends, because I trust her wholeheartedly. When I leave her office I leave with a certain confidence that everything is going to be okay. She provides me with a sense of hope. I am grateful that God has given me the pleasure, the honor, and the opportunity to have met her and to have her as my Radiation Oncologist. She makes my visits so much more pleasurable.
CHRISTOPHER KENNY, NEW YORK CITY
My name is Christopher Kenny. I am the proud father of Ryan 6 and Erik 5. My wife Erika met Dr. Spierer shortly after March 15th 2009. That day is significant because it is the day we were married and it is also our son Erik's birthday. Then it unfortunately became the day my wife was diagnosed with multiple brain tumors. Erika met Dr. Spierer first, and when I was going to meet her she said "you are going to love her". As usual, my wife was right.
I liked Dr. Spierer's ways immediately. I sat NEXT to her while she showed me the awful pictures of my wife's brain. She explained everything to me in terms I could understand. I was scared to death. She walked me through the whole thing. I began talking to Dr. Spierer on a regular basis. Either by phone or by texting. A doctor this busy would send me texts like… "How's my favorite couple?" We were becoming very close. She became our doctor for everything. I was so comfortable asking her anything and texts were always flying back and forth. People thought I was lying about our relationship with her.
Erika had several sessions of whole brain radiation and was very ill. We received excellent advice about how to keep her comfortable as much as we could. Treatments worked for a while until November when new tumors emerged. I was beside myself. I called Cancer Treatment Centers of America to see what they could do. I always saw their ads on TV. I knew my wife was not going to be cured and I wanted to make sure I could look my children in the eyes one day and tell them I did everything to help their mom. Dr. Spierer was so wonderful at talking to me on such a great level. I ran the idea by her and she told me to go and to call her for anything.
The doctors at CTCA were going to try a procedure that could have maybe prolonged the inevitable. I asked if they would talk to our Radiation Oncologist before we talk anymore. They said ok. I took out my cellphone after office hours and called Dr. Spierer's cellphone. They were shocked that I had her cell number and on 2 rings had her on the phone. I gave a quick explanation to her, and she said "put the doctor on the phone". I was so excited. When we got back on the phone, once again she explained everything to me. We ended up leaving there without doing any treatment. We decided to just go home. 3 days later Erika was back in the hospital and again I was on the phone with Dr. Spierer. What a great lady.
Erika had enough treatment. Dec 19, 2009, my wife died. I had to tell our children… the worst day of my life. The day of the funeral I was walking outside the Funeral Home and Dr. Spierer was getting out of a car. I simply said "I am not surprised to see you" and we embraced. She became more to us than a doctor. She genuinely cared for us. We knew it from the moment we met. It has been 6 months since Erika died and every once in a while I still connect with our favorite doctor. I will always be grateful. Ryan and Erik will know exactly the kind of woman who was trying to help their mom.
Erika's Husband, Chris