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Cancer as a child means she keeps vigilant watch as an adult

She worries about freckles. She gets concerned if her sleep habits are off. When she felt a lump in her breast, it ruined her weekend. As a pediatric cancer survivor who is now 32, Heather Gangemi is on high alert. … Continue reading

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Cancer documentary to preview at Upstate

Get an early look at clips from the upcoming television event, “The Story of Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 25. The Upstate Cancer Center, in partnership with WCNY Public Media, presents the … Continue reading

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Chemotherapy — or not? For older patients with advanced lung cancer, the answer is not simple

Treatment for lung cancer can include surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy, and what works for one patient may not be so successful in another. That’s particularly true among older patients. “Care for older patients is much more complex,” says Ajeet Gajra, … Continue reading

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14 questions to ask about clinical trials

The National Cancer Institute says the answers to these questions can help you decide whether to participate in a clinical trial. Ask your health care provider: Why is this trial being done? Why do the doctors who designed the trial … Continue reading

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Facts about four gynecologic cancers

Although all involve organs of the female genital tract, each of these four gynecologic cancers have unique symptoms and treatments, says Rinki Agarwal, MD, an Upstate gynecologic oncologist. An early assessment by a Gynecologic Oncologist is likely to improve outcomes. … Continue reading

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How cancer care may be affected by depression, anxiety

A study by the Cancer Aging Research Group, which includes Upstate’s Ajeet Gajra, MD, examined the relationship between age, anxiety and depression in older adults with cancer. Some facts: More than half of all cancer diagnoses and almost three quarters … Continue reading

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PSA mystery solved at Upstate

By Susan Cole The uncertainty and the waiting were the hardest parts of Paul Kruger’s battle with prostate cancer. Kruger, 56. a heavy equipment mechanic at Fort Drum, knew an elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level indicated trouble, but after five … Continue reading

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Exceptional surgical suite allows for MRI during operations

The most advanced imaging options available are part of Upstate’s newest surgical suite, which allows patients to undergo magnetic resonance imaging during an operation. The clarity of the 3-tesla MRI is ideal for conditions that involve the brain, spine and … Continue reading

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Have you seen the winter issue of Cancer Care?

Upstate’s winter issue of Cancer Care features on its cover Heather Gangemi, a young woman who remains vigilant with her health in adulthood because of her cancer diagnosis in childhood. Also in this issue, readers will get a look at … Continue reading

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This team of physicians responds to crises outside of the hospital

Passengers dozed as Wednesday night turned into Thursday on their trip from Toronto to New York City. The Trailways bus moved south through Syracuse on Interstate 81, lit by a full moon. It made it almost to Nedrow. That’s where … Continue reading

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