May 2019


Sandy’s Story

Sandy Kyrkostas is not one to let life’s challenges get in his way. A film and TV producer, and father of two avid hockey players, he was accustomed to a busy schedule, with his time split between both coasts.

So, when Sandy began experiencing gastrointestinal issues, he was not too concerned. He went to the drugstore for medication and made an appointment with his family doctor.

But his symptoms progressed and eventually became too severe to ignore. A visit to his local emergency room in Long Island resulted in devastating news: Doctors found two large tumors in his colon. Sandy was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. To make matters worse, the cancer had spread to his liver.

His initial prognosis was grim. While doctors removed part of his colon, Sandy was informed that the cancer in his liver was inoperable. At best, he was given six months to a year to live. Determined to fight, Sandy and his wife went for a second opinion and were told to get his affairs in order.

But Sandy refused to give up. He came to Manhattan to meet Manish Shah, MD, Chief of the Solid Tumor Oncology Service at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Director of the Gastrointestinal Oncology Program at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Sandy found hope that he could not only fight—but also beat—this disease.

Dr. Shah immediately put together a treatment plan, which included chemotherapy, surgery, and interventional radiology. At the end of his initial treatment, scans showed that Sandy was free of cancer, something he could not have imagined a year earlier.

However, he was not out of the woods. The cancer returned several times in the years that followed. But, with Dr. Shah and NewYork-Presbyterian’s team of professionals on his side, Sandy faced each new challenge with confidence. Today, he is disease-free and feels incredibly optimistic about his future.

Read more about Sandy and his inspirational story here—another example of the amazing things happening at NewYork-Presbyterian every day thanks to your ongoing support.








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