Category Archives: cancer

At higher risk for breast cancer, she’s vigilant about self-exams and doctor visits

BY SUSAN KEETER Dakoata Wilcox was 27 when she felt a lump in her breast during a self-exam. “I was young,” she remembers. “I didn’t think breast cancer could happen to me.” Still, she made an appointment with breast surgeon … Continue reading

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Recipe: Chicken and White Bean Soup

You can have “homemade” chicken soup quickly with the help of a store-bought rotisserie chicken. The mildly seasoned plain or lemon pepper chickens are recommended. This soup uses protein-packed beans instead of noodles, but you’re welcome to substitute ½ cup … Continue reading

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 Complete and complex: More cancer patients benefit from molecular diagnostics

BY AMBER SMITH We are used to differentiating cancers by where they were discovered: breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer. Cancer doctors and scientists today are starting to label cancers based on their genetic makeup — and that’s only the beginning … Continue reading

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The talcum powder – ovarian cancer connection

BY AMBER SMITH Talcum powder may increase by about 20 percent a woman’s risk for developing ovarian cancer. Chemicals in the powder, which some women use in the genital area to promote dryness, can ascend through the vagina into the … Continue reading

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20-plus years of helping kids and their families fight cancer

Runners and their supporters at Paige’s Butterfly Run have raised more than $2 million over the last 20 years to support pediatric cancer research and cancer care at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. The 2018 run will be held this … Continue reading

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5 reasons you need a team of experts for esophageal or gastric cancer

1. Cancers that arise in the stomach or along the tube that goes from the mouth to the stomach are sometimes difficult to distinguish. Both esophageal and gastric cancers usually begin in the cells that line the upper gastrointestinal tract, … Continue reading

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Connecting, helping pediatric cancer families

The Upstate Cancer Center and the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital provide a connection group for pediatric cancer families. It’s called H.O.P.E., Helping Oncology Patients and Parents Engage. Kaushal Nanavati, MD, medical director of integrative therapy, led the first group session, discussing … Continue reading

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Helping a patient navigate through cancer’s challenges

Palliative care team helps Sandra Floyd reach the treatment goals she set for herself BY JIM HOWE “There are a lot of ups and downs when you’ve got cancer, a lot of wind in your sails, then the wind stops,” … Continue reading

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A new option: Technique heats the body’s water molecules to destroy cancer cells

BY AMBER SMITH Options are important when you have cancer of the liver. Vascular and interventional radiologists at Upstate now offer microwave ablation, a technique that uses heat to destroy cancer cells. The minimally invasive procedure can be an alternative to … Continue reading

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A new home, a difficult diagnosis

BY SUSAN KEETER Fahima Farah was 2 when her mother, Khadra Warsame, brought her to Upstate’s emergency department for stomach pain. A CT scan of her belly showed a mass. Six years earlier, her family — who are Somali — … Continue reading

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