Category Archives: women’s health/gynecology

3 facts about endometrial cancer

How to catch it early, be cured, reduce your risk BY AMBER SMITH Any vaginal bleeding after menopause — even if it’s only once, and even if it’s only a little bit — is abnormal. It doesn’t always signal cancer, … Continue reading

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Early detection saved her: Now it’s her job to encourage mammograms

BY AMBER SMITH Christina Wallace was due for a mammogram, but she had just begun a new job and didn’t want to ask for time off. She canceled the appointment. That night, she stretched out on her couch. Her cat, Gracie, jumped … Continue reading

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Earrings, anyone? Breast cancer patient finds generosity brightens the journey

BY SUSAN KEETER It was her bald head and the dingy, stick-straight hair that grew back after chemotherapy that got Jacqueline Rose passionate about earrings. She bought herself lots of pairs — glittery, silly, colorful — anything that was fun … Continue reading

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Subtle symptoms: Her ovarian cancer required surgery and chemotherapy

BY AMBER SMITH She’s 52 and still alive, so Aimee Derbyshire feels as if she had survived a family curse. She lost a great-grandmother, grandmother, mother, aunt and sister to various cancers, each before they turned 50. Derbyshire and another sister are … Continue reading

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Warmth, kindness and radiation, too

BY AMBER SMITH It had been a rough 2019 for Joan Gorton of Hamilton. Starting early in the year, the 83-year-old woman had a series of medical issues — a lingering cough, then a suspicious lump on her leg that … Continue reading

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Quests to outsmart cancer: 5 research projects underway at Upstate

  BY AMBER SMITH Of the 268,600 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in America this year, 90 percent will live for at least another five years. Breast cancer is survivable, especially when it’s caught early, but it … Continue reading

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Advice from the experts at Upstate about thong underwear, CBD and sunscreens

Q: What’s this I hear about sunscreen chemicals getting into my body? A: A recent study found that if you apply sunscreen under maximal conditions — frequently enough, using a high enough sun protection factor and covering adequate body surface area — some … Continue reading

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After abnormal mammogram, vigilant nurse tries new combination surgery and radiation treatment for breast cancer

BY AMBER SMITH In her role as chief nursing officer at Upstate University Hospital, Nancy Page is part of the leadership team that reviews major hospital purchases. In 2017, they gave the go-ahead for intraoperative radiation therapy equipment, which would … Continue reading

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Mysterious ‘door’ guards cancer secrets: Researchers work to halt a strange, deadly process in the spread of breast cancer

BY JIM HOWE Double agents, secret doorways, infiltration … it sounds like a spy thriller, but it’s how some breast cancers can spread, and eventually kill, a prominent researcher says. Scientists hope that this medical drama, which plays out at a microscopic level, … Continue reading

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‘Look Now’: Breast cancer survivors share their stories for artistic project

BY SUSAN KEETER Breast cancer led Tula Goenka to re-evaluate her life. “I realized I could use my experience, and my body, to say something about breast cancer. All of us can use our experiences to advocate for others,” she … Continue reading

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