Category Archives: community

How one workplace supported a co-worker with cancer

To know the real value of a pink cotton t-shirt, you would have had to see the tears streaming down Stacy Wilson’s face. It was soon after her diagnosis with breast cancer in 2013. She returned to work from a … Continue reading

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Pinpointing prostate cancers

Upstate became the only provider in Central New York (and one of a few sites in the country) to offer breakthrough technology to help pinpoint hard-to-locate prostate cancers when it acquired the UroNav fusion biopsy system. Traditional biopsies of the … Continue reading

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Breast cancer research at Upstate: Can we better protect bone from radiation therapy?

Advances in the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer begin in laboratories. Here’s a peek into one lab at Upstate that received grants this year from the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund: Can we better protect bone … Continue reading

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Most breast cancers occur in women with no family history

Women at increased risk for developing breast cancer have a growing number of options to help prevent the disease — but you may be surprised to learn who is at high risk. Angelina Jolie garnered media attention in May 2013 … Continue reading

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Support group forms for those affected by head and neck cancers

A Head and Neck Cancer Support Group meets the third Wednesday of each month, bringing together patients, family and friends before, during and after treatment. Participation is free, and so is parking. The meetings are led by Upstate speech language … Continue reading

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Sharing a cancer diagnosis in the workplace

Aliya Hafeez, MD, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and a breast cancer survivor, answers the question: “How much information should I share about my cancer diagnosis with coworkers?” Her response: “It really depends on what your motivation … Continue reading

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6 reasons to say no to e-cigarettes

Enticed by the flavors and sleek designs of the new electronic cigarettes? Don’t be. That’s the advice of Upstate Cancer Center Medical Director Leslie Kohman, MD, a thoracic surgeon who oversees the Lung Cancer Screening Program. She elaborates: * 1. … Continue reading

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Should you be tested for hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C, the most common blood-borne infection in the United States, is one of the viruses that can cause cancer — and the majority of people who are infected don’t know it. The virus causes a chronic liver infection that … Continue reading

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Seeking ideas for the 50th anniversary time capsule

There’s still time to contribute ideas for objects to go in the Upstate time capsules, to be installed on Wednesday, October 15 in honor of the 50th anniversary of the opening of Upstate University Hospital’s downtown and community campuses. (10 … Continue reading

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This issue of Upstate Health is brought to you by the number 5

Lots of important “fives” around Upstate these days, including: 5 years ago, the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital opened its doors in a “treehouse” addition above Upstate University Hospital in downtown Syracuse. 5 members of KidzBop visited patients at the Upstate Golisano … Continue reading

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