Category Archives: cancer

Shocking news in ’64: Smoking causes lung cancer

Fifty years ago, Upstate’s hospitals opened their doors and the US Surgeon General issued the first report on Smoking and Health, linking cigarette smoking to lung cancer and heart disease. That report — the first of 31 issued by the … Continue reading

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Photojournalist spotlights patients in series of films

A child without hair reaches inquisitive fingers to the strings of a guitar during a “music therapy” session. A man with kidney failure tears up when his sister — “she’s my everything,” he describes — offers her healthy kidney for … Continue reading

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The basketball-prostate cancer connection in Syracuse

Syracusans love our basketball team and our coach, who happens to be a prostate cancer survivor. That’s why Jim Boeheim is featured in many of the advertisements for Upstate’s prostate cancer services. Boeheim, who was diagnosed in 2001, speaks about … Continue reading

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Cancer patients at Crunch game featured in prize-winning video

Remember the Syracuse Crunch home opener, when players were escorted onto the ice by pediatric patients from Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital? Taylor Baucom does. She included footage of that night in the War Memorial in “The Crunch,” a short video … Continue reading

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Lung cancer screening now recommended for heavy smokers and ex-smokers

Upstate offers the lung cancer screening that is now recommended annually for adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. The new recommendation comes from … Continue reading

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Upstate unveils new way to pinpoint prostate cancer

Imagine having a blood test to measure the proteins produced by your prostate gland.  The level suggests prostate cancer. Yet, when you have some cells removed in a biopsy,  the results show no cancer. This is what happened to Jeffery … Continue reading

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Psychiatrist/breast cancer survivor cares for cancer patients

One of the first things psychiatrist Aliya Hafeez, MD tells her patients is that she began specializing in psychiatry services for people with cancer because she is a breast cancer survivor, herself. “I feel like it’s an additional degree that … Continue reading

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Cancer someday or diabetes now? Surgeon has pancreas removed to beat the cancer odds

  Dr. David Halleran, MD faced a decision similar to the one Angelina Jolie made earlier this year. The actress had a double mastectomy because of a genetic predisposition to breast cancer. The doctor elected to have his pancreas removed … Continue reading

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Cancer Center art proposal deadline extended to Friday, Dec. 6

Professional artists have until Friday, Dec. 6 to submit proposals for artwork for consideration for the Upstate Cancer Center. The center is designed to house more than 100 pieces of nature-themed artwork to enhance three floors of the new center, … Continue reading

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A surgeon reveals 5 reasons he loves soccer

By Jiri Bem, MD 1. Soccer colored my childhood. “When you grow up with soccer (known outside of the United States as futbol), you get to understand the game better, and you appreciate the finesse of it much better than … Continue reading

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