Monthly Archives: September 2018

National media featuring Lola Muñoz raise attention for deadly brain cancer

BY AMBER SMITH Photographs of a 12-year-old patient of Melanie Comito, MD, accompanied recent stories in the Washington Post and National Geographic magazine. Lola Muñoz lived for 19 months after her diagnosis with a deadly brain cancer called DIPG, diffuse intrinsic … Continue reading

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How to protect yourself from colorectal cancer

                BY AMBER SMITH Colorectal cancer kills some 50,000 men and women in America every year. The death rate could decrease by 90 percent, says Jiri Bem, MD, medical director of Upstate’s colorectal oncology … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, digestive/gastrointestinal, health care, prevention/preventive medicine

15 words for the newly diagnosed

Understanding this vocabulary may help you understand your cancer Active surveillance – a treatment plan that involves closely watching a patient’s condition but not giving any treatment unless there are changes in test results that show the condition is getting worse. … Continue reading

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Giving hope to youth affected by cancer

BY SUSAN KEETER Charlie Poole, 16, went hiking in Highland Forest last spring. It was an accomplishment for a young man who, 26 months earlier, was diagnosed with a brain tumor that left him with weakness in the right side … Continue reading

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Baseball-loving former patient, family pitch in to comfort kids with cancer

BY JIM HOWE In a baseball movie, Jack and Jordan Sheridan’s story might sound something like this: Pitcher goes on injured list, recovers and, together with energetic manager and support staff, helps and inspires his teammates. The pitcher is Jack, … Continue reading

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Do you always need chemotherapy for breast cancer?

Oncologist explains research that informs, personalizes treatment options for women BY AMBER SMITH Results of an international study — which includes some Central New York women who are patients at Upstate — are helping oncologists determine which breast cancer patients … Continue reading

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New option for breast cancer treatment combines surgery with radiation

Surgeons and radiation oncologists at Upstate are teaming up to provide intraoperative radiation therapy to women with early-stage breast cancer. This allows for an intensive dose of radiation to be applied during surgery in the space where the tumor is removed. … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, health care, medical imaging/radiology, surgery, technology, women's health/gynecology

Will immunotherapy work for your cancer?

BY AMBER SMITH Our immune system fights off colds. Why not cancer? “Cancers develop mechanisms to get around the immune system,” explains Stephen Graziano, MD, chief of hematology/oncology at Upstate. “They express a protein on their surface which basically paralyzes … Continue reading

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Harnessing his immune system to fight cancer

BY AMBER SMITH The tumors near Eugene Young’s liver turned up by chance. At the age of 67, he was dealing with symptoms of acid reflux. Thinking he may have a problem with his gallbladder, Young’s doctor sent him for an … Continue reading

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Cancer Center expansion makes way for more patients, infusion rooms

When the Upstate Cancer Center opened its doors in July 2014, only the first three floors of the five-story building were completed and occupied. The fourth and fifth floors, each about 20,000 square feet, were constructed but left empty, anticipating future Upstate … Continue reading

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