Category Archives: cancer

Up Close: Studying bone density to help cancer survivors

Timothy Damron, MD, and Kenneth Mann, PhD, are studying bone fracture risk in cancer patients after radiation treatment. While radiation therapy is an important and effective treatment for many cancers, bone exposed to radiation becomes brittle and has an increased risk … Continue reading

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Recipe: Easy Summer Lasagna

FROM THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOR CANCER RESEARCH This hearty summer lasagna packs roasted eggplant, zucchini and lycopene-rich tomatoes. Whole-wheat noodles pack cancer-fighting fiber and natural plant compounds called phytochemicals, which protect cells from the type of damage that may lead to cancer. … Continue reading

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Extensive operations: Patients endure lengthy surgeries when cancer involves the face or jaw

  BY AMBER SMITH In constant pain after two root canals and months of antibiotics that were no help, Michele Giblin of Binghamton finally received a diagnosis. She had a rare cancer called adenoid cystic carcinoma. Her oral surgeon referred her … Continue reading

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When your child has cancer: advice from a mom

Her daughter was 10 when she was diagnosed with leukemia — and Gwendolyn Webber-McLeod of Auburn began her education in parenting a child with cancer. Her daughter, Ashley McLeod, is 33 now, with a son of her own. She’s been … Continue reading

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6 surprising cancer risk factors

You know that cigarettes and radon and ultraviolet radiation can all cause cancer. Here are six things you may not have realized can increase your risk: Alcohol The American Society of Clinical Oncology cites evidence from 2017 that even light drinking can slightly raise … Continue reading

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After abnormal mammogram, vigilant nurse tries new combination surgery and radiation treatment for breast cancer

BY AMBER SMITH In her role as chief nursing officer at Upstate University Hospital, Nancy Page is part of the leadership team that reviews major hospital purchases. In 2017, they gave the go-ahead for intraoperative radiation therapy equipment, which would … Continue reading

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Ask her for help: Cancer Center librarian enjoys finding answers for patients, the public

Some people have questions about a diagnosis or treatment. Others are researching drug interactions. And others seek healthy recipes. Librarian Sarah Lawler strives to help everyone through the “Librarian on Call” service. She is stationed in the Family Resource Center … Continue reading

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Battling cancer: Through 3 surgeries and 6 weeks of radiation, this determined Marine vet keeps his chin up

BY DARRYL GEDDES Howard “Mac” Waterman, 73, of Boonville is a Vietnam War veteran who saw combat as a Marine, but his biggest fight has been a recent bout with medullary thyroid and neck cancer. He appears to be outmaneuvering … Continue reading

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Baffled? This pathologist helps you make sense of your pathology report

By AMBER SMITH Like many women who are diagnosed with breast cancer, Amanda Gilmore of Phoenix struggled with the new knowledge that her body contained cancerous cells that she could neither see nor feel. She read her pathology reports, but … Continue reading

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Guided by love: 4 whose careers were inspired by family members who fought cancer

BY JIM HOWE A mother who died of cancer inspired her daughter, now a nurse practitioner, to care for cancer patients. Other family members similarly influenced the career paths of a radiation therapist, a nurse and a medical student to work … Continue reading

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