Category Archives: community

She never wanted to be a patient; she wanted to remain a person

What she feared most was pity. Veronica Muscolino didn’t like the idea of telling people about her diagnosis, and then facing pitiful looks. She dreaded the role of lung cancer patient almost more than the disease itself. She and her … Continue reading

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The money question: Financial worry can impact care

A patient should be able to talk with his or her doctor about anything. Yet, many patients won’t bring up financial worries. The new cancer drugs approved since 2014 costs more than $120,000 per year of treatment. Many patients may … Continue reading

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Volunteer opportunity: improving the patient experience

Are you willing to dedicate some time to helping the Upstate Cancer Center? A group that advocates for patients is looking for 10 to 12 additional adult members who are current or former patients, family members, caregivers or Upstate staffers. … Continue reading

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Keeping memories alive: Grateful family members donate annually in fathers’ names

BY JIM HOWE A desire to preserve their fathers’ memories and to help find a cure for the lung cancer that afflicted both men inspired two Upstate employees to make a memorial donation to the Upstate Cancer Center. That’s why … Continue reading

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Haitian-born student shares similarities with Upstate president

Third-year medical student Kethia Eliezer introduced Upstate’s new president, Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, at a welcoming reception Thursday night. Both are natives of Haiti. “When it was first announced that Dr. Laraque Arena would be the new SUNY Upstate president last … Continue reading

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HPV vaccine protects against viral cancers, including those of head and neck

While smoking-related head and neck cancer rates have declined in recent years, that drop has been offset by a rise in cancers caused by the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus, or HPV. Upstate experts say the HPV vaccine is a simple … Continue reading

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How many risks will you take? Processed meats increase your chance of colorectal cancer

Meats such as breakfast sausage and marinated turkey breast are ready to cook, and meats such as ham and corned beef are ready to eat. Both types are “processed” meats — and both are carcinogenic. The World Health Organization this … Continue reading

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Black History ceremony features new president, honors Black National Anthem

Upstate’s Black History Month opening ceremony is being held at 11:30 a.m. today (Wednesday, Feb. 3) at the Campus Activities Building. The event includes music, poetry, prayers, awards, a soul food-with-a-healthy-twist lunch and a speech by Upstate’s new president, Danielle … Continue reading

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Measuring, treating a patient’s distress is part of shift in attitudes

Years ago, people believed a cancer diagnosis meant death. They were so ashamed of the disease that its name was mentioned only in whispers. Fast-forward 50 years. “Most people today say, ‘Well, I think maybe I’m going to be OK’ … Continue reading

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Read about Upstate expertise in Physicians Practice magazine

The February edition of Physicians Practice magazine showcases Upstate experts from gerontology, urology, otolaryngology, nursing and pharmacy, as well as a story about Danielle Laraque-Arena, Upstate’s new president. Physicians Practice is a publication that is distributed to physicians throughout the … Continue reading

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