Category Archives: cancer

‘Look Now’: Breast cancer survivors share their stories for artistic project

BY SUSAN KEETER Breast cancer led Tula Goenka to re-evaluate her life. “I realized I could use my experience, and my body, to say something about breast cancer. All of us can use our experiences to advocate for others,” she … Continue reading

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He chose radiation treatment for his prostate cancer

BY JIM HOWE Jan Roberts wasn’t sure what to expect when he received radiation treatments for prostate cancer at the Upstate Cancer Center. A disabled Vietnam veteran, he receives primary care at the Syracuse VA Medical Center, where he was … Continue reading

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For cancer patients: Advice on eating when you don’t feel hungry

Nutrition is an important part of staying healthy, especially during cancer treatment. But eating when you have no appetite or feel full all the time can present a challenge. Here are eight tricks to try, from Upstate Cancer Center registered … Continue reading

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5 reasons your child needs the HPV vaccine

Here are five reasons your child needs to get vaccinated for HPV, the human papillomavirus,  according to the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health: Cancer screening tests will not protect your child … Continue reading

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Treatment for canine cancer serves as model for humans  

BY JIM HOWE Treating cancer in dogs aims for a twofold benefit, says a Cornell University scientist: Help the sick animal and possibly find new ways to treat cancer in people. And no, she doesn’t have a secret lab where she implants … Continue reading

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What cancer taught one mom: Keep things as normal as possible

BY SUSAN KEETER Levi Haddad was about to turn 4 when he went with his mother to her doctor’s appointment in November 2017. The youngster was tugging on his ears. The doctor felt a line of bumps where Levi’s neck … Continue reading

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Care teams share workspace, improve efficiency at cancer center

Communication is easier, care is more efficient, and medical providers develop stronger bonds through the new layout at the Upstate Cancer Center. That’s because the members of a patients’ care team share the same work space. Doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, … Continue reading

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Seven things your radiation oncologist wants you to know

BY AMBER SMITH Linda Schicker, MD, an assistant professor of radiation oncology at Upstate, tells what to expect when you face radiation therapy. She sees many of her patients at the Upstate Cancer Center’s radiation oncology office in Oneida, at … Continue reading

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Should weight loss be part of breast cancer treatment?

BY AMBER SMITH An obese woman with breast cancer is at increased risk for recurrence, compared with healthy-weight patients. Researchers want to know whether she can reduce her risk of recurrence by losing weight. Central New Yorkers can help find … Continue reading

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