Category Archives: diet/nutrition

For cancer patients: Advice on eating when you don’t feel hungry

Nutrition is an important part of staying healthy, especially during cancer treatment. But eating when you have no appetite or feel full all the time can present a challenge. Here are eight tricks to try, from Upstate Cancer Center registered … Continue reading

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Should weight loss be part of breast cancer treatment?

BY AMBER SMITH An obese woman with breast cancer is at increased risk for recurrence, compared with healthy-weight patients. Researchers want to know whether she can reduce her risk of recurrence by losing weight. Central New Yorkers can help find … Continue reading

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These recipes make use of cruciferous vegetables

Upstate family physician Kaushal Nanavati, MD, says research shows cruciferous vegetables can potentially reverse the buildup of plaque in arteries, helping to improve circulation. “We don’t have medications that can do that,” he says. “And yet, this food can be … Continue reading

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Mind-set to thrive optimizes quality of life

BY AMBER SMITH A cancer diagnosis can produce stress, no doubt. How a person responds to that stress impacts his or her quality of life. Family medicine doctor Kaushal Nanavati, MD, is medical director of integrative therapy at Upstate. He … Continue reading

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5 ways to cope with nausea and vomiting

Here are some tips to deal with the nausea and vomiting, provided by Maria Erdman, the Upstate Cancer Center’s registered dietitian nutritionist: — Eat small, frequent meals. — Avoid unpleasant odors. — Avoid foods that are hot, spicy and strong-smelling … Continue reading

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Meet the cancer care team at Upstate

A team approach to cancer treatment means a patient has more than one doctor taking care of him or her, plus additional medical experts focusing on specialized aspects of care. Here are some of the typical team members at the … Continue reading

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Quick and easy recipe: Blueberry Ginger Kale Smoothie

Ingredients 3 cups frozen blueberries 3 cups coconut milk 1 cup kale, or more if desired ½ cup plain Greek yogurt 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup 2 teaspoons grated ginger water, if necessary, for consistency Preparation Add all ingredients to … Continue reading

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Vegetable garden replaces smoking room

BY SUSAN KEETER Ronald Jackson remember when people congregated in the smoking room at Toomey Abbott Towers, a public-housing high-rise in Syracuse. That ended in 2015, when the Syracuse Housing Authority enacted a smoke-free policy for its nine building complexes. … Continue reading

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Recipe: Broccoli, Garlic and Lemon Penne

Ingredients 1/2 pound penne pasta 5 cups broccoli florets or 1 12-ounce bag frozen broccoli florets 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 10 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth Grated zest of 1 lemon Salt and freshly ground … Continue reading

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No bread, no dairy, no meat: Living with PKU means eating lots of vegetables, fruits

BY SUSAN KEETER Ezekiel Sanford was 2 days old when his Binghamton pediatrician told his parents: “You have to take him to Upstate.” A routine blood test showed that Ezekiel had a rare inherited disorder called phenylketonuria, or PKU, which … Continue reading

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