Category Archives: women’s health/gynecology

New option for breast cancer treatment combines surgery with radiation

Surgeons and radiation oncologists at Upstate are teaming up to provide intraoperative radiation therapy to women with early-stage breast cancer. This allows for an intensive dose of radiation to be applied during surgery in the space where the tumor is removed. … Continue reading

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At higher risk for breast cancer, she’s vigilant about self-exams and doctor visits

BY SUSAN KEETER Dakoata Wilcox was 27 when she felt a lump in her breast during a self-exam. “I was young,” she remembers. “I didn’t think breast cancer could happen to me.” Still, she made an appointment with breast surgeon … Continue reading

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The talcum powder – ovarian cancer connection

BY AMBER SMITH Talcum powder may increase by about 20 percent a woman’s risk for developing ovarian cancer. Chemicals in the powder, which some women use in the genital area to promote dryness, can ascend through the vagina into the … Continue reading

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Catching it early: Breast cancer high-risk program follows patients at increased risk  

BY AMBER SMITH Both her grandmother and mother had breast cancer, so Jordan Bruna of Skaneateles began breast cancer screening at the age of 30. She joined Upstate’s Breast Cancer High Risk Program and followed a schedule of mammograms, ultrasounds, … Continue reading

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10 days in Ghana: Upstate volunteers help build community in Africa

BY SUSAN KEETER Near the end of an 11-hour flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, we finally see Ghana out the plane’s windows: saffron-colored earth and lush green foliage dotted with bright blue and pastel pink buildings. … Continue reading

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What’s on the horizon regarding breast cancer treatment?

Medical providers at academic medical centers regularly attend lectures by experts Preventing breast cancer recurrence and preserving the breast after surgery were topics addressed recently in two research lectures at Upstate sponsored by the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research … Continue reading

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73-mile trip for breast care is worth it to her

BY AMBER SMITH Laurie Gildea’s husband, Kevin does the research. She goes with her gut. So when a routine mammogram in May 2017 found a suspicious lesion, and when a subsequent biopsy revealed breast cancer, Gildea suddenly needed a surgeon … Continue reading

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Catching cancer early: Routine mammogram spotted technician’s breast cancer

BY AMBER SMITH In 28 years as a clinical technician at Upstate University Hospital, Kimberly White, 47, has cared for a wide variety of patients, including adults with cancer. Today she has a new appreciation for the disease, as a … Continue reading

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To operate, or not? Treating breast cancer with less surgery

BY AMBER SMITH Most breast cancers are treated with surgery today, but that may change in the coming years, says breast surgeon Lisa Lai, MD, an assistant professor of surgery and medical director of the breast cancer program at Upstate. … Continue reading

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No more excuses: Free program improves access to mammograms

What would it take for you to get screened for breast cancer? The Upstate Cancer Center has someone who will * schedule the mammogram appointment for you, * explain what to expect during the exam, * navigate any insurance requirements, … Continue reading

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