Category Archives: cancer

History, hope combine in cancer biography

By Leslie Kohman, MD Did you know that cancer has been described in Egyptian mummies? Or that chemotherapy was developed to treat childhood leukemia, and its use in adult cancers is a much later development? Or how the National Cancer … Continue reading

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Do results from research on children’s cancers ever shed light on cancers that adults experience?

A Syracuse woman submitted this question to “Upstate Answers,” and Amy Caruso Brown, MD, assistant professor in pediatrics and the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at Upstate, provides an enlightening answer: (If you’ve got a general medical/science question you would like … Continue reading

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Gingerbread recipe comforts people with nausea, diarrhea, mouth sores

Gingerbread with Brown Sugar Meringue Ingredients For gingerbread: 2 1/3 cup all-purpose flour ½ cup butter or margarine 1/3 cup sugar 1 cup molasses ¾ cup hot water 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon … Continue reading

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Healthy now, after final chemotherapy in October

After receiving her final chemotherapy treatment in October, Sadie Wilson, 4, was escorted to her port removal surgery by her doctor, Karol Kerr, MD. Sadie was diagnosed at 22 months of age with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and was cared for … Continue reading

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Possible solutions to 4 nutritional challenges during cancer therapy

Appetites often change during cancer treatment. “Even if you’re not feeling particularly well, remember that nutrition is an important part of your treatment,” says registered dietitian nutritionist, Maria Erdman of the Upstate Cancer Center. She provides this advice: * For … Continue reading

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‘Physicians Practice’ magazine packed with information about Upstate

Here’s a roundup of news and information you’ll find about Upstate in the January issue of Physicians Practice magazine: More long-time smokers may seek screening for lung cancer now that the federal Medicare program has indicated it will pay for … Continue reading

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Glass mural of pond inspires serenity at Upstate Cancer Center

Marie Luther is an artist who often visits a rambling creek and waterfall near her Syracuse home. “Sometimes I sit near the stream and listen to its melodic whispers and let the soft light that filters between the sugar maples … Continue reading

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How to reduce your risk of esophageal cancer

A type of esophageal cancer called adenocarcinoma is on the rise in the United States largely because of the obesity epidemic. People who are overweight may develop reflux, which can damage the esophagus and lead to cancer. Trouble swallowing is … Continue reading

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Survivor develops career in cancer research

Chris Lucchesi’s relationship with cancer began in a high school AP Biology class. “We started learning about cancer and realizing that it’s nothing really crazy,” says Lucchesi, a graduate student in pharmacology in his fifth year at Upstate. “You have … Continue reading

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‘Cancer Care’ publication for anyone touched by cancer

The fall 2014 issue of Cancer Care magazine features the remarkable story of how a surgeon removed a bladder wracked by cancer and replaced it with one he built from a portion of the patient’s own intestine. Readers will also … Continue reading

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