Tag Archives: pancreatic cancer

Consider checking newly diagnosed diabetics for pancreatic cancer

BY AMBER SMITH One of the reasons pancreatic cancer is so deadly is because early symptoms are so vague. “The majority of cases are diagnosed at an advanced, incurable stage,” a team of Upstate doctors writes in the American Journal … Continue reading

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Navigating through a cancer diagnosis

BY AMBER SMITH While each person’s cancer journey is unique, patients are likely to encounter similar  services and treatment options along the way. Holly Briere, a nurse navigator specializing in cancers of the liver, gallbladder and pancreas, guides us through what the experience … Continue reading

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Personal plan: Her team crafted the best way to fight her pancreatic cancer

BY AMBER SMITH A tumor quietly growing in Gail Brehm’s pancreas invaded her stomach and surrounding soft tissues. Eventually the mass began pressing on a nerve. Brehm, 63, a retired postal worker in Auburn, felt that pain in her lower … Continue reading

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Cancer someday or diabetes now? Surgeon has pancreas removed to beat the cancer odds

  David Halleran, MD, faced a decision similar to the one Angelina Jolie made earlier this year. The actress had a double mastectomy because of a genetic predisposition to breast cancer. The doctor elected to have his pancreas removed due to … Continue reading

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Lung, pancreatic cancers among those that will benefit from cancer bill

New federal legislation that President Obama signed last week requires a comprehensive plan of research action for “high mortality cancers” such as lung and pancreatic cancers, whose survival rates have not improved much in the 40 years since so-called War … Continue reading

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