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The Williston Times, Friday, August 10, 2018



Persian pop star returns to town park BY JA N E LL E C L AUS E N Persian pop star Sepideh returned to the Town of North Hempstead on Sunday, delivering a largely upbeat Farsi performance to hundreds gathered for the town’s annual Persian concert at North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington. Sepideh, in a previous interview, said that in Iran music had once been “actually forbidden” and that women are still restricted from performing or singing. Consequently, she said, she has aimed to showcase herself as a powerful woman defying stereotypes. “My home and dream has been and will continue to be to have a voice for those people,” Sepideh said. “It’s pretty solidified in my head and in my heart.” An event flier created by the Great Neck Park District and the Town of North Hempstead, which co-hosted the concert, described her as “fabulously talented” and said, “Her music reflects her belief in being a strong, proud, yet independent Persian woman.” The Town of North Hempstead provided bus transportation from Mashadi Temple on Steamboat Road in Great Neck, while the Great Neck Park District picked up people from Lakeville Park and Parkwood Pool. Sepideh’s performance followed an earlier performance at the park by Paradigm, a variety band, and closed the town’s 2018 Summer Concert Series at North


Persian pop star Sepideh performs before a receptive audience at North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington. Hempstead Beach Park. Earlier performances in the series included Six Gun, a country music band; Motown Review; Endless Summer, a tribute band for the Beach Boys; and the Chi-

clettes, who performed songs from female R&B groups. “This year’s slate of concerts at North Hempstead Beach Park will be incredibly diverse as each performer provides a

unique experience for the audience,” Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said in the initial announcement. “What a wonderful way to spend some enjoyable time at our local beach.”

Study backs use of safer breast cancer fix BY A M E L I A C A M U R AT I Researchers at Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset have found ways to increase the use of a type of radiation therapy for breast cancer that is as effective as traditional therapies but has lower toxicity levels. Dr. Lucille Lee, senior author of the study and assistant professor of radiation medicine at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/ Northwell, said the treatment uses slightly more radiation per treatment but requires fewer weeks of treatment, reducing some symptoms such as fatigue and skin reactions — common side effects of radiation treatments. “It’s a way to shorten the radiation therapy, but maintain the same effectiveness and reduce side effects,” Lee said. “It’s a win-win.” Lee said hypofractionation, or the shortening of the radiation treatment, has been available for about 10 years in the Northwell Health system. Randomized clinical trials previously proved, Lee said, that the therapy is comparable to traditional treatment but is less toxic. “Hypofractionated radiation therapy is underused in the treatment of breast cancer despite equal control, less acute toxicity and similar side effects,” Lee said. “We

found that through the development of consensus-based treatment directives and peer review of cases by faculty in Northwell’s radiation medicine department that our adoption rate of this therapy increased to more than 73 percent of woman treated for breast cancer.” In the study, recently published in Advances in Radiation Oncology, Lee said, the team of researchers implemented guidelines for hypofractionated radiation therapy, helping doctors and nurses provide treatment options for patients. Lee said over the years, many patients have debated the two therapy options, and in most cases Lee recommends the shortened version because of the reduced period of symptoms. “It takes many years to develop a new treatment program and then we face the challenge of the medical community adopting it into their practices so that patients can obtain the treatment,” Feinstein Institute President Dr. Kevin J. Tracey"said. “Research like Dr. Lee’s, which identifies ways to break down these hurdles, is important to ensure patients have access to a therapy that has the potential to improve their lives.” Reach reporter Amelia Camurati by email at, by phone at 516-307-1045, ext. 215, or follow her on Twitter @acamurati.


Dr. Lucille Lee

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