Breast cancer survivor Anderson: ‘we need more research’

“We don’t need more awareness. We need more research.” Colleen Anderson of Clinton is 42 years old, and she’s living with metastatic breast cancer, or MBC. Of the more than 250,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer yearly in the United States, Colleen is part of the six to 10 percent of women whose initial diagnosis was metastatic, and terminal. In March 2016, Colleen says,... 12:00pm 10/29/18

Cancer treatment plans vary depending on type and stage of cancer

atients who receive a cancer diagnosis typically share the news with family and friends. Those friends and family in return, often share their own cancer experience or the experiences they have heard from other friends. It’s just human nature to compare those experiences, which can sometimes lead to confusion as to the differences in cancer treatment plans.   Radiation... 12:00pm 10/29/18

Kirkland Library supports good cause

CLINTON — Kirkland Town Library,551/2 College St., reached out to local residents this past month to help a non-profit that assists patients and survivors of breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Laura Stoll, office manager for the library, said the library needed patrons’ help in collecting bras for breast cancer and mastectomy patients. Throughout October,... 12:00pm 10/29/18

Upstate Cancer Center offers prevention education, screening, treatment, and support

Upstate Cancer Center’s breast cancer program offers prevention education, screening, treatment, and support from its Syracuse campus. The center is located at 750 E Adams St., and its team of breast surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, pathologists and radiologists work to put patients at ease from initial diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. Some women are at a... 12:00pm 10/29/18

DiNitto has been cancer-free for over three years

Although it has been about three years since she was declared cancer-free, Terri DiNitto says “it’s always there in the back of your head,” and thinking about the disease “just doesn’t go away.” Noting the uncertainty of “is it going to come back,” DiNitto said if she feels a pain somewhere on her body, she wonders “is it cancer?” and that is “the first thing that pops in your... 4:00pm 10/17/18

A routine mammogram

Jessica Goodwin always went in for her regular mammogram. She knew the importance of early screening, and so even though she didn’t have a family history of breast cancer, and even though she didn’t have a lifestyle consistent with increased cancer risk, she always went in. “It was totally routine,” she recalls an appointment in August 2015. “I had zero worry ... There was not... 4:00pm 10/17/18

Mohawk Valley Health System offers After Breast Cancer

UTICA — In an individual’s fight against cancer, knowledge is an invaluable weapon. To this end, Mohawk Valley Health System offers After Breast Cancer, or ABC, an informational support group for patients at any point in their treatment — despite the name. Meeting in the Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on Faxton St. Luke’s campus on the second Saturday of most months, ABC... 12:00pm 10/29/18

Mohawk Glen Radiology offers screening and imaging services

At Mohawk Glen Radiology, patients can receive screening and imaging services at a convenient local location from a team of friendly professionals. Mohawk Glen, located on 91 Perimeter Road off of East Chestnut Street, provides both digital and state-of-the-art 3D mammography. An American College of Radiology certified team of trained technologists is on standby for patients... 12:00pm 10/29/18

Upstate Cancer Center offers panel discussion

CANASTOTA — Upstate Cancer Center is offering a panel discussion on breast cancer treatment to feature a host of physicians on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Theodore’s Restaurant, formerly the Rusty Rail, in Canastota. The panel will provide new and current information relevant to patients, and will feature breast medical oncologists Dr. Sam Benjamin and Dr. Mijung Lee,... 12:00pm 10/29/18

Rome Memorial Hospital recognized as a leader in hereditary cancer risk screening

Since Rome Memorial Hospital’s Women’s Imaging Center began offering hereditary cancer risk screening as part of its personalized breast care program this year, more than 2600 women have now had the opportunity to learn their predicted personal risk of developing breast cancer within the next five years and over the course of their lifetime. The hospital has earned recognition... 4:00pm 10/17/18

American Cancer Society announces second annual Real Men Wear Pink Campaign

Utica, NY – Local leaders will raise awareness and funds in the fight to end breast cancer. In its second year in the Mohawk Valley, 19 local men will unite to fight breast cancer with the American Cancer Society through participation in the Real Men Wear Pink campaign. Throughout October, Real Men Wear Pink participants will encourage community members to take action in the... 4:00pm 10/17/18

How friends and family can help

What to Expect: • Shock of diagnosis of a life-threatening disease • Confusion with choices of surgery and treatment • Concerns about self-image due to surgery and treatment • Worry about reactions of friends and family members • Fear and uncertainty about the future Do: • Listen • Offer specific help with household chores, meals, transportation, childcare, etc. • Take cues... 4:00pm 10/17/18

Ringing the bell

A tradition exists at radiation therapy centers across America wherein patients, upon receiving their last treatment, ring a bell to signify their victory in the fight against cancer. The gesture is small, but its meaning is potent to the patients and their caregivers whose lives have been permanently altered by cancer. At Mohawk Valley Health System’s radiation therapy... 4:00pm 10/17/18

Williams sings, goes topless for breast cancer video

NEW YORK (AP) — Tennis greatSerena Williams goes topless and sings “I Touch Myself” in a video to promote breast cancer awareness month. With her hands covering her breasts, Williams writes in the Instagram post that the video took her out of her “comfort zone.” But she said she wanted to do it because early detection saves so many lives. The video is part of the I Touch... 4:00pm 10/17/18

Shannon Cortese-Artigiani marks five years of being cancer-free

Thinking back, “I realize how far I’ve come,” says Shannon Cortese-Artigiani of Rome, who in January this year marked five years of being cancer-free. “It was the most terrifying experience I’ve ever had, and there were times when I doubted I had the strength to get through it,” says Cortese-Artigiani, 41, who was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in 2012. “I found it... 4:03pm 10/04/18

Breast cancer changed Jerri Colangelo

“I’m going back to life.” Breast cancer changed Jerri Colangelo — her outlook on the future and how she has chosen to make sure her best years are the ones ahead, but she refused to let it take her spirit. And today she can celebrate those “amazing changes.” Just more than a year ago, Colangelo was play wrestling on the bed with her 5-year-old daughter when she “turned the... 4:02pm 10/04/18

Metastatic breast cancer often requires immediate and intensive treatment

Cancer is most treatable when caught in its earliest stages, when tumors may be small and contained. But sometimes, for many reasons, a cancer isn’t discovered until it has become more advanced. When a person is diagnosed with metastatic cancer, commonly known as stage 4 cancer, treatments are typically much more intensive and can require an immediate Metastatic cancer refers... 4:00pm 10/04/18

Breast cancer in young women

Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older, but breast cancer also affects younger women. About 11 percent of all new cases of breast cancer in the United States are found in women younger than 45 years of age. While breast cancer diagnosis and treatment are difficult for women of any age, young survivors may find it overwhelming. CDC’s Division of... 4:00pm 10/17/18

Common forms of breast cancer

There are different types of breast cancer. The most common kinds of breast cancer are: • Invasive ductal carcinoma. The cancer cells grow outside the ducts into other parts of the breast tissue. Invasive cancer cells can also spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body. • Invasive lobular carcinoma. Cancer cells spread from the lobules to the breast tissues that are... 4:00pm 10/17/18

CDC to young women: Bring Your Brave

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control. While breast cancer mostly occurs among older women, in rare cases breast cancer does affect women under the age of 45. Risk for breast cancer among young women varies based family and personal history of cancer. Many young women do not know their risk... 4:00pm 10/17/18

Oneida-Roswell Park partnership links community to nationally ranked cancer center

Dr. Mohamed El-Naghy has an admission that might shock skeptics of physician humility: “No doctor knows everything.” So on average every two weeks, El-Naghy sits down at an iPad in the conference room at Oneida Healthcare’s cancer center and logs into a network with colleagues at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, who appear on the wall-size screens at... 4:00pm 10/17/18

Key factors can help determine stages of breast cancer

When receiving a diagnosis of, or treatment for, breast cancer, women will learn a great deal about the various stages of cancer. According to the nonprofit organization Breastcancer.org, determining the stage of the cancer helps patients and their doctors figure out the prognosis, develop a treatment plan and even decide if clinical trials are a valid option. Typically... 4:00pm 10/04/18

Menopause and breast cancer risk

Menopause occurs when a woman’s reproductive cycle is over and she can no longer produce offspring. For many women, menopause occurs around age 50.  While menopause itself is not a risk for breast or other cancers, it’s important to know that some symptom treatments and other factors can increase the risk for cancer among menopausal women. The North American Menopause Society... 4:00pm 10/04/18

‘Cancer is now recognized as one of the major killers of both career and volunteer firefighters’

Cancer was responsible for 61-percent of line-of-duty deaths for career firefighters between 2002 and 2017, according to data from the International Association of Fire Fighters. “Cancer is now recognized as one of the major killers of both career and volunteer firefighters, which we in the public safety community have only recently begun to admit,” said former Maryland-area... 4:00pm 10/04/18

Did you know?

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by heart disease. One of every four deaths in the United States is due to cancer, according to federal mortality statistics. 4:00pm 10/04/18

Did you know?

In Madison County, between 2011 and 2015, there were 124 cases of breast cancer reported for every 100,000 women, according to federal health experts with the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. During that time period, there were 284 new cases of breast cancer reported. 4:00pm 10/04/18

Not every lump is cancerous

Self-examinations are important for early diagnosis of breast cancer, but not every lump felt is cancerous, say women’s health experts, who urge patients to remain calm when a lump is identified. And while no lump found in the breast tissue should be ignored, women — and even men who discover a lump — should must remain calm as it could very well prove benign. Johns Hopkins... 4:00pm 10/04/18

Get ready for a mammogram

Annual mammograms can be an essential part of a women’s health routine. According to breast cancer experts, women should begin having an annual mammography screening, beginning at age 40. Some estimates suggest that more than 48 million mammography screenings areperformed in the United States every year. For many of the nearly 1.7 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer... 4:00pm 10/04/18

Many breast cancer patients can skip chemo, study finds

CHICAGO (AP) — Most women with the most common form of early-stage breast cancer can safely skip chemotherapy without hurting their chances of beating the disease, doctors are reporting from a landmark study that used genetic testing to gauge each patient’s risk. The study is the largest ever done of breast cancer treatment, and the results are expected to spare up to 70,000... 4:00pm 10/04/18

Did you know?

Federal health officials say the 5-year relative survival rate — which estimates the percentage of cancer patients who will have not died from their cancer 5 years after diagnosis — for breast cancer is 88.6 percent. The survival rate is significantly higher, statistics show, the earlier the cancer is detected. The rates are lower for breast cancer which is not discovered... 4:00pm 10/04/18

From biopsy to ultrasounds, tests can help detect breast cancer

Self-examination is often an important first step toward dis- covering the presence of breast cancer — but for many women breast cancer can be occuring long before it can be detected through a self-examination. So it is vital that self-examinations be augmented with other screenings to help diagnose breast cancer at its earliest stages. Breast cancer that is detected early is... 4:00pm 10/04/18

Did you know?

Rates of breast cancer is higher among women in New York State than the national average, the federal Centers for Disease Control reports. In 2015, the most recent reporting year, there were 134 new cases of breast cancer for every 100,000 women, and 16,359 cases of breast cancer were reported between 2011 and 2015. 4:00pm 10/04/18

Alternative cancer treatments may be option for some

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating cancer. Just as individuals react differently to the news of a cancer diagnosis so too are the treatments available. It is important to know the various treatment options available and to discuss them with your health care practioner. Traditional components of cancer treatment include a combination of chemotherapy, radiation... 4:00pm 10/04/18

Facts and Figures

As prevalent as cancer is, some facts and figures may still surprise you. • 8.8 million: The number of people, according to the World Health Organization, who died from cancer in 2015, making it the second leading cause of death across the globe. • 70: Percentage of cancer deaths that occur in low- and middle-income countries. (Source: WHO) • 22: Percentage of cancer deaths... 4:00pm 10/04/18

Did you know?

Between 2011 and 2015, 148 women died of breast cancer in Oneida County while 33 women died in Madison County of breast cancer over that same time period. The rate of death from breast cancer was 17 women for every 100,000 women in Oneida County while the rate in Madison County was 13 women per every 100,000 women. 4:00pm 10/04/18

Why treating breast cancer with less may be more

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Ashish A. Deshmukh, University of Florida and Anna Likhacheva, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (THE CONVERSATION) Women with breast cancer have long faced complicated choices about the best course of treatment.  One particular concern has been the... 4:00pm 10/04/18

Early detection can increase odds of survival

Breast cancer remains a widespread health issue for millions of women, the Susan G. Komen Foundation says, but new breakthroughs in screenings, treatments and therapies are helping more victims overcome breast cancer. The Komen Foundation, one of the leading breast cancer organizations and a longtime advocate for women and breast cancer patients, says that statistics show... 4:00pm 10/04/18

Join a human pink ribbon for breast cancer

UTICA — Breast cancer survivors and other community members are invited to help promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing dark pink clothes and creating a human pink ribbon for an aerial photo. The gathering is planned for mid-day Oct. 5 at Murnane Field, the baseball park across from the Faxton Campus, on Burrstone Road at Sunset Avenue in Utica. Participants are asked... 4:00pm 10/04/18

Did you know?

The highest rates of new cases of breast cancer between 2011 and 2015 were reported in the following counties in New York State: Albany, Erie, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Monroe, Nassau, Onondaga, Otsego, Rockland, Schenectady, Warren, Wayne, Westchester and Wyoming counties, which ranged from 140.8 to 177.8 new cases of breast cancer per 100,000 women, from 2011 to 2015. 4:00pm 10/04/18

Licking cancer: US postal stamp helped fund study

CHICAGO (AP) — Countless breast cancer patients in the future will be spared millions of dollars of chemotherapy thanks in part to something that millions of Americans did that cost them just pennies: bought a postage stamp. Proceeds from the U.S. Postal Service’s breast cancer stamp put researchers over the top when they were trying to get enough money to do the landmark... 4:00pm 10/04/18

Find out more

• American Cancer Society1-800-ACS-2345; www.cancer.org • National Cancer Institute1-800-4-CANCER; www.rex.nci.nih.gov • National Alliance of Breast CancerOrganizations (NABCO)1-800-719-9154; www.nabco.org • Listing of FDA Cert. Mammo Facilities;www.fda.gov/cdrh/faclist.html 4:00pm 10/04/18

Genetic testing may detect risk of certain types of cancer

In recent years, advances in all types of medicine have proven to be beneficial in the early detection and treatment of many types of cancer. While there is no guaranteed way to prevent cancer, one of these recent advancements — genetic testing — is offering hope to individuals to better understand their risks for certain types of cancer.  Genetic testing has been developed... 4:00pm 10/04/18

Did you know?

Breast cancer is the most reported form of cancer among women in New York state, according to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta with 134 cases reported per 100,000 women. Also in the top 10 per 100,000 women are, in order: Lung cancer, 53.6 cases per 100,000 women; colon and rectum cancer, 34.3; corpus and uterus cancers, 31.8; thyroid cancer, 30.1; non-Hodgkin’s... 4:00pm 10/04/18

How to juggle work and breast cancer treatment

Age is a risk factor for breast cancer, as the organization Susan G. Komen notes that the older a woman is, the more likely she is to get breast cancer. However, data from the National Cancer Institute indicates that breast cancer rates in women begin to increase after age 40, meaning many women diagnosed with breast cancer have to juggle both their disease and their careers.... 4:00pm 10/04/18

Alcohol may increase risk of breast cancer

Moderate consumption of alcohol has been linked to a lower risk of developing and dying from heart disease, possibly reducing the risk of ischemic stroke and potentially reducing the risk of diabetes, according to research at the famed Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis, Minn. However, for some people, the risks of consuming alcohol may outweigh the benefits. Many studies show that... 4:00pm 10/04/18

Sisters make informed choices based upon hereditary cancer screening

Like many sisters, Tarry Marchesane and Chris Mautner share a lot with each other, like sisterly advice, their beautiful smiles, and happy family memories. Unfortunately, one thing these sisters also share is a genetic mutation that puts them at much greater risk for developing breast and ovarian cancer. Because they both work in healthcare, Tarry is a cardio pulmonary... 4:00pm 10/04/18

Corks for a cure set for Oct. 16

PROSPECT — A wine and dessert tasting is planned for Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Prospect Falls Winery. The Corks for a Cure event is to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and is sponsored by team Penguin Platoon. The event will be held from 6–8 p.m. at the winery. Advance tickets are $15 per person and are available by contacting team captain Carol Buczek at 315-831-3052,... 4:00pm 10/04/18

Online support group

Although research has shown that support groups can be extremely helpful to women coping with breast cancer, sometimes it is not possible for a woman to travel to a group. To help, the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Program has established an on-line group for women under the age of 40. This group meets on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Says social worker Erin Nau, “This on-line group... 4:00pm 10/04/18

What to expect after getting a callback after your mammogram

For many women, an annual mammogram is nothing more than a routine procedure. But for women who receive a callback from their health care provider for further views or testing following a mammogram, the process and the procedure take on a whole new, and often unnerving, dimension. Often times, however, these additional screening procedures are nothing to worry about. When a... 4:00pm 10/04/18