Tag Archives: cancer

What to expect at your first visit to Upstate Cancer Center

Upstate Cancer Center staff members begin preparing for a patient’s first visit soon after the appointment is scheduled. They request radiology and laboratory results and other information from your referring physician, so cancer specialists can review those reports before you … Continue reading

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Quality nutrition comes from easy, adaptable plant-based recipes

BY JIM HOWE Eating a plant-based diet can be an easy and delicious way for cancer patients to get the varied nutrients they need, but many people only know how to prepare vegetables as a side dish or a simple … Continue reading

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Strings of support at a tough time

  Beads of Courage supports children and families who are coping with serious illness, including cancer. The beads, which are collected on chains or necklaces, are meant to inspire resilience, each representing bravery and a milestone along the child’s treatment … Continue reading

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‘It’s treatable’: Lung cancer responds to gamma knife, chemotherapy

BY AMBER SMITH Cynthia Springstead of Auburn gathered her brother and three sisters soon after she received her cancer diagnosis. It was time to let the rest of the family know what her husband and two grown sons already knew. … Continue reading

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Cancer’s accomplice: Targeting a protein to treat kidney cancer

BY AMBER SMITH A protein called Hsp90 chaperones cancer cells, allowing them to grow and thrive. Scientists around the world have been working with measured enthusiasm on how to disrupt Hsp90. This involves figuring out the mechanics of Hsp90, how … Continue reading

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Should you see an oncologist? If you have a cancer diagnosis, the answer is probably yes

BY AMBER SMITH In modern American health care, it’s your primary care doctor who oversees your medical care. He or she keeps track of your health, fielding your questions and concerns, referring you to specialists when appropriate. Your primary care … Continue reading

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‘Secondary’ cancer: See a surgeon before starting chemotherapy for ‘liver mets’

BY AMBER SMITH Medical progress in the last decade or so has improved the survival chances for people whose colorectal cancer has spread to the liver. Today, surgery may provide a cure – depending on the steps a patient takes … Continue reading

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A trusted guide through cancer treatment: the nurse navigator

BY JIM HOWE Cancer patients can feel overwhelmed as they face not just their disease, but a bewildering array of appointments, treatments and insurance forms. Many are looking for one person who can explain the next procedure, remind them of … Continue reading

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