Category Archives: cancer

Smoke-free policy cleared the air, set standards, improved health

Upstate University Hospital was the first health care facility in New York state to kick the smoking habit by banning cigarettes in 2005. The campus was also the first within the State University of New York system to become entirely … Continue reading

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Up Close: A quick look at bone marrow transplant

Upstate’s Bone Marrow Transplant Program treats patients whose bone marrow has been damaged or destroyed by chemotherapy, radiation or certain cancers or anemias. Marrow, the soft tissue inside bones, is home to most of the immature stem cells that will … Continue reading

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Why some cancer programs open themselves up to assessment

  Patients and their loved ones may not realize why health care providers make an effort to earn various accreditations, or endorsements from outside organizations. They may notice an emblem on a Web page or a trophy in a case … Continue reading

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Future doctors pal around with pediatric patients

  Between classroom lectures, hospital rotations and their studies, several Upstate medical students make time to connect with young patients at the Dr. William J. Waters Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders in Upstate’s Golisano Children’s Hospital. The program called “Peds Pals” … Continue reading

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10 musts for cancer patients: What to consider after diagnosis

A popular guide called “The Cancer Patient’s Workbook: Everything You Need to Stay Organized and Informed” includes a page of advice from Mayo Clinic oncologist Edward T. Creagan, MD. We have condensed what he refers to as the “10 Commandments … Continue reading

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Recipe: Broccoli, Garlic and Lemon Penne

The American Cancer Society’s “Great American Eat-Right Cookbook” features this pasta dish that highlights a vegetable high in folic acid, vitamins C and K and fiber. Broccoli is also one of the richest vegetable sources of calcium, iron and magnesium. … Continue reading

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10-year-old girl raises money to bring comfort to other pediatric cancer patients

Alexa Bolton derives so much comfort from the fluffy character towel she brings from home when she is hospitalized, she wants to share that soft touch of childhood with other kids at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. So Alexa, who … Continue reading

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O’Hara’s Teal There’s a Cure: Ovarian cancer walk/run honors Upstate nurse

The annual run/walk that raises awareness for ovarian cancer changed its name to the Maureen T. O’Hara Teal There’s a Cure 5K this year. It was a way to honor the woman who founded the event in 2008, and who … Continue reading

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Surgery, chemo battle preschooler’s kidney tumor

Three-year-old Ariana LaVaute attended the Skaneateles Labor Day parade on Sept. 1, 2014, and then helped her father trim shrubs in their yard. A few days later, her activity level and appetite diminished. Seemingly overnight, her belly became enlarged. Ariana’s … Continue reading

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She was willing to donate bone marrow to a stranger. Are you?

Elizabeth Filkins of Antwerp was inspired to join the National Marrow Donor database because a friend of a friend was battling cancer. She joined Be The Match in 2010, pledging to donate her bone marrow or stem cells to help … Continue reading

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