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A trusted guide through cancer treatment: the nurse navigator

BY JIM HOWE Cancer patients can feel overwhelmed as they face not just their disease, but a bewildering array of appointments, treatments and insurance forms. Many are looking for one person who can explain the next procedure, remind them of … Continue reading

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She tells everyone: Read your medical records

BY AMBER SMITH As the world marked the turn of the millennium on Dec. 31, 1999, Dorette Thompson and her husband, David, were in New Jersey for a black-tie celebration. Thompson, in her late 50s, awoke that morning to unusual … Continue reading

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Without symptoms: How a CT scan found a hidden lung cancer

Glen Wells was a smoker most of his life, and cancer runs in his family. So in 2013 when his family doctor, David Page, MD, suggested he be screened annually for lung cancer, Wells followed the advice – not realizing … Continue reading

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She’s his lifesaver: Her bone marrow cured his leukemia

  BY AMBER SMITH Greg Siwinski and his family looked forward to hosting a woman from Hildesheim, Germany, last October at their home in Syracuse. He had never met her, but the two had a special connection. Bone marrow from … Continue reading

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Want to support Paige’s fund for kids with cancer but reluctant to run a race?

Alan Pack remembers the spring day in 2010 when Chris Arnold visited his running group to talk about his daughter, Paige, and the children’s cancer fund that was created in her memory. Pack’s running group — the 10-week No Boundaries  program … Continue reading

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Precision improvements make radiation therapy safer

In essence, radiation therapy works by forming electrically charged particles called ions and depositing energy into the cells or tissues it passes through. That energy can kill the cells outright or prompt genetic changes that cause cancer cell death. Cancer … Continue reading

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Up Close: Upstate Cancer Center Pharmacy

While nurses help patients settle in for their infusion appointments at the Upstate Cancer Center, the chemotherapy drugs they will receive are prepared in a sterile room just a few steps away by pharmacy technicians and pharmacists who specialize in … Continue reading

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Sleep first: 7 tips for healthy slumber

Good sleep habits become even more crucial when a person is dealing with cancer. After a diagnosis, people understandably may develop anxiety and/or depression, both of which can impact their ability to get to sleep and stay asleep. “The loss … Continue reading

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Understanding how cancer produces estrogen within a tumor

  BY JIM HOWE Picture a flower blooming in a desert, and you have the key to a mystery that puzzled cancer researchers for years. A common type of breast cancer needs the female hormone estrogen and somehow finds a … Continue reading

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