Category Archives: cancer

First chemo … then vacation, for this Upstate patient

BY SUSAN KEETER “I am so sorry you have to give me this bad news,” Margit Foti, 71,  remembers telling her urologist, Elizabeth Ferry, MD, on the day Foti learned that she had a rare bladder cancer with a poor prognosis. … Continue reading

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Tandem treatment: Polymer ‘truck’ penetrates tumor, kills ovarian cancer cells

BY AMBER SMITH  The ovarian cancer drug doxorubicin can be toxic to the heart. Giving a woman enough of the drug to be effective against her cancer may be too much to be safe for her heart. Scientists at Upstate … Continue reading

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How breast cancer affected three Central New York women

Surgeons work together to provide mastectomy, reconstruction Paula Malecki, 47, of Cicero Diagnosed: July 3, 2015 Concern: A red spot on her breast seemed to get brighter in the shower. A friend insisted she see a doctor, who sent her … Continue reading

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Brains against brain tumors

Experts from several scientific fields join forces to accelerate fight against brain cancer BY JIM HOWE To better meet the challenges of treating brain cancer, Upstate’s Precision Neuro-Oncology Program pools the expertise of the best minds in a variety of … Continue reading

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Pictures of cheer: Young photographers aim to brighten days of kids at Upstate Cancer Center

BY JIM HOWE A recent patient and his 8-year-old twin are using their love of animals to spread cheer to other youngsters being treated at the Upstate Cancer Center. Ashton Miller, a third-grader from Fayetteville, has received drug infusions at … Continue reading

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He’s grateful for ‘fantastic job’ by his surgeon; she celebrates end of her chemo

When Patrick Mohr, managing partner of Eastwood Litho Inc., oversaw the printing of the first issue of Upstate’s Cancer Care magazine, he did not expect to be featured on its pages. But in December 2015, Mohr was treated for thyroid … Continue reading

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She brings music to her fellow patients

Singer/songwriter — and cancer patient – Melissa Clark, 68, of Hamilton is among the musicians who are scheduled to perform in the lobby of the Upstate Cancer Center. She plays a variety of folk songs, including one she wrote called “Heart of … Continue reading

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Grant money fuels cancer research

Mira Krendel, PhD, associate professor of cell and developmental biology, and Juntao Luo, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology, each received $360,000 grants from New York state to further their research into breast cancer treatments. Krendel is exploring how a particular … Continue reading

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Her diagnosis leads to career

Katherine Frega was a high school junior in Westfield, N.J., in May 2010 when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. She transferred her cancer care to Upstate when she became a student at Syracuse University in 2012. Frega graduated from … Continue reading

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A detour: Medical student learns about health care as a patient

BY AMBER SMITH Medical student Alex Paley was in his third year of medical school when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor on Jan. 18 and underwent emergency surgery. He has been in treatment since then. He would much … Continue reading

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