Monthly Archives: December 2019

Subtle symptoms: Her ovarian cancer required surgery and chemotherapy

BY AMBER SMITH She’s 52 and still alive, so Aimee Derbyshire feels as if she had survived a family curse. She lost a great-grandmother, grandmother, mother, aunt and sister to various cancers, each before they turned 50. Derbyshire and another sister are … Continue reading

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 Living his life: He worked treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma into his college schedule

BY AMBER SMITH John Hrbac is a junior at George Washington University. He travels the East Coast with the school’s debate team. Over the summer he visited Europe. He’s studying for the law school admission test. At 21, the young … Continue reading

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Noah, a young cancer patient, thinks he’s famous

The kids and the doctors you see on Upstate Medical University banners and billboards are real kids and real doctors. Meet Noah Axtell, who is now 7. Maybe you saw him on a billboard, or on a banner hanging inside … Continue reading

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Teamwork: For 20 years, multidisciplinary approach boosts lung cancer survival rates

  This is one of a series of articles focusing on lung cancer. BY AMBER SMITH Upstate debuted its Thoracic Oncology Program20 years ago. It’s defined by a multidisciplinary team approach — which other medical providers at the Upstate Cancer Center … Continue reading

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Putting the brakes on lung cancer

Finding clues to the cause of lung adenocarcinoma This is one of a series of articles focusing on lung cancer. BY AMBER SMITH Scientists have long searched for the cause of lung cancer, particularly lung adenocarcinoma, the type that commonly … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, genetics, health care, lung/pulmonary, research

Exploring a protein’s role in lung cancer

This is one of a series of articles focusing on lung cancer. BY AMBER SMITH Work underway at Upstate is focused on a novel protein in lung cancer that could, potentially, help stimulate lung cancer cell death. It’s taking place … Continue reading

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Making a change: She succeeded in quitting after a cancer diagnosis

This is one of a series of articles focusing on lung cancer. When Peggy Strong, 47, of Liverpool was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, “my first reaction was to have a cigarette.” She had smoked since the age of … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, HealthLink on Air, lung/pulmonary, patient story, Smoking Cessation

Pint-sized patient: Glimpses of a girl who fought cancer — and won

PHOTOS BY MARANIE STAAB/TEXT BY JIM HOWE Kaylee Marshfield of Lakeland received unforgettable news on Feb. 1, 2018. It was her sixth birthday: She had cancer. A strange lump led to tests that detected a Wilms tumor on her left … Continue reading

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Cancer Care magazine wins national award

Upstate’s Cancer Care magazine has received a 2019 Clarion Award, a national honor from the Association for Women in Communications. Cancer Care was named “Best Overall External Magazine” in the small-circulation category. The large -circulation winner was O, The Oprah … Continue reading

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Catching lung cancer early through screening saves lives

This is one of a series of articles focusing on lung cancer. Lung cancer screening saves lives —  and could save more, if more people submitted to the testing. Of the lung cancers that are discovered through a lung cancer screening … Continue reading

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