Category Archives: cancer

Their work to solve kidney disease may also answer cancer questions

These green ovals (in the image below) are fission yeast, organisms that scientists Vladimir Sirotkin, PhD, and Robert Carroll, a PhD candidate, in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology use for their study of endocytosis, the process by which … Continue reading

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Why don’t we ever hear about heart cancer?

“It’s not something we see very often,” said Robert Dunton, MD, chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Upstate University Hospital. He went on to provide this answer: Benign tumors of the heart are probably more common than malignant (cancerous), but both are … Continue reading

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Spring issue of Upstate Health magazine available now

Elizabeth Reddy, MD, is on the cover of the Spring 2015 Upstate Health magazine, related to a story about preventing the spread of HIV with a pill. This is something of which researchers were just beginning to dream in the … Continue reading

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6 ways to avoid nausea during cancer treatment

Good nutrition is an important component of cancer care, helping patients maintain strength and weight so they can better handle their treatments. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy may cause unpleasant side effects for some patients. Maria Erdman, a registered dietitian nutritionist … Continue reading

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Cancer as a child means she keeps vigilant watch as an adult

She worries about freckles. She gets concerned if her sleep habits are off. When she felt a lump in her breast, it ruined her weekend. As a pediatric cancer survivor who is now 32, Heather Gangemi is on high alert. … Continue reading

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Volunteers dispense comfort in cancer center

The gesture may seem small, but for the cancer patient who feels chilly during infusion, the offer of a warm blanket provides much more than creature comfort. “I do the simplest of things, but people are so appreciative,” says Linda … Continue reading

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How to get your mind off a cancer diagnosis long enough to get a good night’s sleep

Q & A with Kaushal Nanavati, MD “Most people who are depressed or anxious are troubled about a past that we cannot go back to change or a future that may not even come to fruition. In that process, we … Continue reading

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Chemotherapy — or not? For older patients with advanced lung cancer, the answer is not simple

Treatment for lung cancer can include surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy, and what works for one patient may not be so successful in another. That’s particularly true among older patients. “Care for older patients is much more complex,” says Ajeet Gajra, … Continue reading

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14 questions to ask about clinical trials

The National Cancer Institute says the answers to these questions can help you decide whether to participate in a clinical trial. Ask your health care provider: Why is this trial being done? Why do the doctors who designed the trial … Continue reading

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Two patients wrote books about their cancer experiences

Professor sought to be boring Publishing a book called “The Boring Patient” was Syracuse University professor R. David Lankes’ way of summing up his experience with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer that starts in the white blood cells. He was diagnosed … Continue reading

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