Category Archives: health care

She’s resilient: 11-year-old faces Ewing sarcoma

BY AMBER SMITH Maddie Shaw is covered with a plush purple blanket. She grasps an iPad Mini, on which she quietly battles digital zombies, while the last of her chemotherapy flows into her arm. It’s a Friday at the end … Continue reading

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Quality or quantity? Serious illness prompts serious discussion

BY AMBER SMITH Some doctors are reluctant to recommend palliative care, particularly for patients who are younger than 65 and dealing with a serious illness. The shift from lifesaving treatment to comfort care may seem like admitting the futility of … Continue reading

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A 50-year anniversary: Meet one of Upstate’s oldest living pediatric brain tumor survivors

BY AMBER SMITH Some of the details are fuzzy, but 50 years after her treatment for a brain tumor at Upstate University Hospital, Michelle “Shelly” Kikta-Kiner, 62, still considers her survival a miracle. The Verona woman is one of Upstate’s … Continue reading

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Early detection of cancer appears to improve survival odds

While the incidence of cancer is rising, death rates are dropping, presumably because of improvements in screening that allow for earlier detection and improvements in cancer treatment options. This chart shows the rate, per 100,000 people living in Onondaga County, … Continue reading

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Marking milestones: Patients invited to ring bell in celebration

When a bell rings in the Upstate Cancer Center, everyone within earshot cheers. The sound of a ringing bell means that a patient has finished treatment or reached a milestone. “Staff members gather around to watch the patient ringing the … Continue reading

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Sun smart: Teaching kids to protect themselves from skin cancer

BY JIM McKEEVER Protecting your skin from the sun starting at an early age is an important way to guard against skin cancer. That’s the message a group of medical students shares with elementary school students each spring. “Our goal … Continue reading

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Sugar and soy: dispelling the 2 biggest food myths about cancer

Don’t blame sugar Glucose feeds all cells in the body, and cancer cells use more blood sugar than do less active cells. But that doesn’t mean eating sugar (or not eating sugar) influences how rapidly cancer spreads, says Upstate registered … Continue reading

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Window to an ill youngster’s world: Therapy with miniatures and sand goes beyond child’s play

BY JIM HOWE A box of sand and an assortment of  miniatures helps young patients portray their world, and perhaps make sense of it, at the Waters Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders and the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology unit at the Upstate … Continue reading

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Have you seen the summer issue of Cancer Care magazine?

Welcome to Cancer Care magazine’s summer 2016 issue. Medical student Ogochukwu Ezeoke, smiling from our cover, aspires to a career in cancer research, and like many scientists she’s intrigued with the idea of using a patient’s immune system to fight … Continue reading

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Breast cancer gene also increases risk of prostate cancer

BY AMBER SMITH Although prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in the United States, the disease kills fewer than 3 percent of those diagnosed. It typically grows slowly, becoming deadly after it metastasizes, or spreads beyond … Continue reading

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