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How many risks will you take? Processed meats increase your chance of colorectal cancer

Meats such as breakfast sausage and marinated turkey breast are ready to cook, and meats such as ham and corned beef are ready to eat. Both types are “processed” meats — and both are carcinogenic. The World Health Organization this … Continue reading

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Measuring, treating a patient’s distress is part of shift in attitudes

Years ago, people believed a cancer diagnosis meant death. They were so ashamed of the disease that its name was mentioned only in whispers. Fast-forward 50 years. “Most people today say, ‘Well, I think maybe I’m going to be OK’ … Continue reading

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Jimmy Carter’s cancer: Melanomas can appear throughout the body

Former President Jimmy Carter’s skin cancer diagnosis began the way it does for so many others facing the disease. A spot discovered on his liver turned out to be melanoma. Then when doctors ordered an imaging scan, they found four … Continue reading

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Good sports: Medical student arranges hat donations for young cancer patients

BY JIM McKEEVER It started with a simple, two-word compliment. Upstate second-year medical student Shunqing Zhang was volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House last summer when he saw an adolescent boy wearing a cap with the logo of the Cleveland … Continue reading

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Penile cancer risk may be increased in obese men

A man would generally notice a small lesion that developed on his penis and would seek medical care before the lesion developed into advanced penile cancer. If that man is severely overweight, his penis may not be visible, enveloped in … Continue reading

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Smoke-free policy cleared the air, set standards, improved health

Upstate University Hospital was the first health care facility in New York state to kick the smoking habit by banning cigarettes in 2005. The campus was also the first within the State University of New York system to become entirely … Continue reading

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Up Close: A quick look at bone marrow transplant

Upstate’s Bone Marrow Transplant Program treats patients whose bone marrow has been damaged or destroyed by chemotherapy, radiation or certain cancers or anemias. Marrow, the soft tissue inside bones, is home to most of the immature stem cells that will … Continue reading

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Why some cancer programs open themselves up to assessment

  Patients and their loved ones may not realize why health care providers make an effort to earn various accreditations, or endorsements from outside organizations. They may notice an emblem on a Web page or a trophy in a case … Continue reading

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Future doctors pal around with pediatric patients

  Between classroom lectures, hospital rotations and their studies, several Upstate medical students make time to connect with young patients at the Dr. William J. Waters Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders in Upstate’s Golisano Children’s Hospital. The program called “Peds Pals” … Continue reading

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10 musts for cancer patients: What to consider after diagnosis

A popular guide called “The Cancer Patient’s Workbook: Everything You Need to Stay Organized and Informed” includes a page of advice from Mayo Clinic oncologist Edward T. Creagan, MD. We have condensed what he refers to as the “10 Commandments … Continue reading

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