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This week: treating eating disorders and more

Nov 30, 2016

This Sunday on "HealthLink on Air," radiation oncologist Dr. Michael Mix explains how stereotactic radiation can shorten treatment for some cancer patients. Plus, social worker Kathleen Deters-Hayes goes over treatment options for people with eating disorders. Join us this Sunday, December 4 at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. for "HealthLink on Air" on WRVO.

This week: empathy, childhood cancer, holiday hazards

Nov 17, 2016

Establishing empathy for a patient can be tough for doctors under increasing time pressure. Yet empathy -- being able to see the world as the patient does -- can benefit both the patient and the doctor, says Dr. Louise Prince, an emergency physician at Upstate University Hospital. Prince explores the difference between sympathy and empathy on this week’s HealthLink on Air. She discusses research showing that an empathetic doctor can help patients feel trust, follow instructions and give the...

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The idea of cancer can make many of us uncomfortable, and with that discomfort can come uncertainty, and fears about our own mortality. But when a friend or relative is facing a diagnosis of cancer, that's when they need the most understanding and support. This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Mindy Greenstein , a cancer survivor herself, gives some advice on how to talk to someone who has cancer. Greenstein is a clinical psychologist, psycho-oncologist, and a consultant in the Department of Psychiatry at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She's also the author of the book “ The House on Crash Corner and Other Unavoidable Calamities .”

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Surrounded by dozens of central New York firefighters in Syracuse on Wednesday, Sen. Charles Schumer launched a push to create a national firefighter cancer registry. The idea is to get a closer look at a cancer risk Schumer said can be double that of others because of exposure to toxic chemicals. It used to be a badge of honor for a firefighter to come back to the station with a dirty, charred uniform. No more, according to Syracuse firefighter Mike Valenti. "What’s happening now is we walk...

Not every breast lump is cancerous, but "unless we do imaging and, at times, even a biopsy, we won't know that it's not cancer," explains Upstate University Hospital's Dr. Sam Benjamin, a medical oncologist who specializes in chemotherapy and cancer care. Benjamin explains what patients can expect after a breast lump is discovered, the difference between a core biopsy and fine needle biopsy, how breast cancer differs in men, and the importance of family history when deciding on treatment. He...

Rising costs make cancer fight feel unaffordable

Sep 24, 2016
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A cancer diagnosis can be a “catastrophic event,” according to Dr. Greg Knight of the Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina. The disease itself is terrifying to face; however, Knight says patients are avoiding the reality because they are unsure how they will be able to afford treatments, medications and the impact the disease has on day-to-day life. This week on “Take Care,” Knight, a clinical oncologist, shares the findings of his group’s study, titled “ Financial Toxicity in Adults with Cancer, Adverse Outcomes and Potential ,” as well as how the costs have changed and how patients can approach paying those costs.

The cost of treating cancer

Sep 23, 2016
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Treating cancer is only half the battle. For many patients, paying for that treatment can be just as difficult. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Greg Knight of the Levine Cancer Institute/Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Knight’s study "Financial Toxicity in Adults with Cancer: Adverse Outcomes and Potential," was presented at the 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting....

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There’s a new sound at the New York State Fair in Syracuse this year. The Upstate Medical University booth in the Science and Industry Building offers cancer survivors a chance to ring a bell to mark their accomplishment. Nine-year old Madeleine Pointer was the first to ring the bell, a seven-year survivor of kidney cancer. "It’s exciting to be the first to ring it,” Pointer said. Matt Capogreco of the Upstate Cancer Center said the bell sends a message. "People need to see there is another...

According to Dr. Kaushal Nanavati, a person’s wellness depends not just on managing his or her diseases, but on getting into a routine that brings contentment and peace. Nanavati is a family practitioner and medical director of integrative therapy at Upstate Medical University. He explains his “Core Four” concepts of wellness: nutrition, physical exercise, stress management and spiritual wellness, which he outlines in a recent book. Topics of discussion include the importance of relationships...

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If you were asked what the best place for your cell phone is, you might say your pocket. But a recent study has shown keeping your cell phone on your person may be connected to certain types of cancer. This week on “Take Care,” journalist Dina Fine Maron shares the findings of this study. Maron’s article, “ Major Cell Phone Radiation Study Reignites Cancer Questions ,” appeared in Scientific Americanin May 2016. Maron is an award winning journalist, the health and medicine editor for Scientific American , and is a contributor to the publication's podcasts and Instant Egghead video series.

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Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) is calling on Congress to pass a bill to help address and reduce the links between firefighting and cancer. At the Mexico Volunteer Fire Department Tuesday, Hanna said it's increasingly difficult to find men and women who are willing to risk their lives by becoming firefighters. The danger, long hours and cost of training involved can be an impediment for many, but he said even worse than that is the threat of cancer.

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Why some might keep their cancer a secret

Mar 19, 2016
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There are a number of diseases known to man that are incurable, some more serious than others. But if you had a serious incurable disease, would you want everyone around you to know? Or would you want to keep it to yourself? These are questions many of us don’t have to think about, but for someone diagnosed with cancer, it may be something they put some serious thought into. This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Mindy Greenstein discusses some of the problems cancer can cause “from both sides of the hospital bed.” Greenstein is a clinical psychologist and author , a consultant in the department of psychiatry at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and is a cancer survivor herself.

Cancer: To share or keep secret?

Mar 18, 2016




Some cancer patients choose to be open and public about their diagnosis and treatment. But others prefer to keep their struggle with the disease a secret from anyone but their closest family and friends. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Mindy Greenstein, a psycho-oncologist who is also a cancer survivor herself. They discuss the pros and cons of both decisions


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This week: prostate cancer, rehabilitation and fracking

Jan 8, 2016

Men with prostate cancer are often advised to hold off on radical treatment to see whether they can maintain a normal life while a doctor monitors the disease. This strategy of “active surveillance” involves testing and exams, says Upstate University Hospital urologist Rakesh Khanna, and a less aggressive variation is called “watchful waiting.” Both approaches aim to avoid the incontinence and impotence that can result from surgery or radiation treatment, says Khanna, who also explains the...

Emergency physicians and nurse practitioners from Upstate University Hospital offer a new service that is centuries old: house calls. Dr. Christian Knutsen created the service, called “Upstate at Home,” after recognizing how many people become ill or injured, don’t require a trip to the hospital and don’t want to leave their home. The service is ideal for those who cannot get an appointment with their regular doctor, especially evenings and weekends, and for visitors to the central New York...

Ovarian cancer causes & risk factors

Sep 11, 2015

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. While it may not get much attention as breast cancer, ovarian cancer is the deadliest of the gynecological cancers. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with oncologist Dr. Martee Hensley of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center about the risk factors for ovarian cancer and prevention measures. Dr. Hensley’s practice focuses on the care of women with gynecologic cancers. More...

Regular exercise in the teen years lays the foundation for a longer, healthier life, says a newly released long-term study. Exercise physiologist Carol Sames, PhD, director of Upstate’s Vitality Fitness Program, helps explain the massive study of Chinese women on this week’s show. She cites its drawbacks and agrees with the idea that people should be encouraged to establish healthy exercise and other habits when young. Also on the show: whether dyslexia creates a learning disability, and how...

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Lung cancer is considered the leading cause of cancer deaths among both men and women. How can it be prevented and who is more likely to get it? This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Martin Edelman talks about what can cause lung cancer and who can develop it. Edelman is head of the Solid Tumor Oncology Department at the University of Maryland’s Greenebaum Cancer Center.

Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States and the result of factors that may include hormone levels, genetics, medications and one’s environment, according to Dr. Ramsay Farah, division chief of dermatology at Upstate Medical University. On this week’s show, Farah explains how medications to fight acne have improved and how early treatment helps avoid scarring. Also tune in for discussion on prostate cancer medications, water safety and stroke care. Plus, Deirdre Neilen...

Cancer and its treatments can leave patients feeling nauseated, tired and deconditioned. But research shows that exercise during treatment can help them feel better and even function better. “The goal of physical therapy is to assist the patient with cancer maintain their quality of life by managing the physical effects of the disease and/or its treatment,” said Cassi Terpening, who has a doctorate in physical therapy. She explains the most appropriate types of exercises on this week’s show....

Upstate Cancer Center medical director, Dr. Leslie Kohman, talks about advances in cancer prevention that have taken place over the years; plus how surgery, radiation and chemotherapy treatments have changed and improved. Debbie Stack tells about an upcoming cancer documentary that will air on PBS and is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “ The Emperor of All Maladies .” Also this week: The emotional aspects of prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment, what to do about kidney stones,...

Syracuse University professor R. David Lankes joins us to speak about his treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma; more specifically, the type of patient he was striving to be. His novel, "The Boring Patient," chronicles his time in the hospital. "In the hospital, or during chemotherapy, I want to be the charming man who only requires a vitals check or a scheduled chemo dose," Lankes writes. "You don't wan to be interesting in most medical settings. Interesting means complications, and that is bad."...

Advances in the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer begins in laboratories. This week, we'll get an inside look at four different labs currently searching for answers. First, a lab that explores how to determine which drugs will work best in each patient. Then, scientists Christopher Turner and Nicholas Deakin detail their search for ways to halt the spread of cancer. Next, how to better protect bone from radiation therapy during cancer treatments. And lastly, the best way...

Men diagnosed with advanced bladder cancer often face surgery to remove their diseased bladders and replace them with external bags. But some patients are candidates for a novel operation in which a replacement bladder is created from a length of their own intestine. Allan Sustare, 63, of DeWitt has led a normal, active life since his surgery two years ago. “I count myself luckier than anybody I know,” he said. Sustare joins his surgeon, Dr. Gennady Bratslavsky, on this week’s show to share...

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A ceremony in Syracuse Friday launched the new face of cancer treatment in central New York. The Upstate Cancer Center is ready for patients, and assistant director Dick Kilburg says its innovative design merges nature and advanced cancer-fighting technology.
"Basically what we’re doing with this facility is bringing all the services under one roof, and being able to offer patients what they deserve in this community," Kilburg said. "All the extra services that a cancer center should...

This week: cancer care and nutritional issues

Jul 10, 2014

Medical director Dr. Leslie Kohman and others provide a preview of the Upstate Medical University Cancer Center, including advanced technologies, and services available for the youngest patients with cancer and blood disorders. Then, registered dietitian Maria Erdman addresses nutritional issues that cancer patients may face.

Signs and symptoms of thyroid disease

Jun 22, 2014
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You’ve heard of the thyroid, but how much do you really know about it? This week on "Take Care," Dr. David Cooper explains the functions of the thyroid and the various diseases that it can harbor. Cooper is the director of the Thyroid Clinic and professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. David Cooper.

Cancer can be brought under control in this century, the leader of the American Cancer Society said during a recent trip to Syracuse. More advocacy is key, said John Seffrin, the society’s chief executive officer. “We have to have people speak up and say, ‘we need more money for research,’ ‘we need to insure that people are protected from second-hand smoke,’ and ‘we need to make sure that if someone has cancer, they get the care they need,’” Seffrin said. Already, medical science knows how to...

While more Americans are being diagnosed with cancer now, more patients are being cured or living chronically with the disease. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Patricia Ganz, an oncologist and co-founder of the national coalition for cancer survivorship. Dr. Ganz discusses the many health issues that cancer survivors face, and how the medical community is working to address them. Lorraine Rapp: When we use the term...

Answer to preventing illness may be in Vitamin D

May 18, 2014
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Vitamin D is the vitamin most often associated with sunshine, but could it also be used to prevent cancer and heart disease? This week on Take Care , Dr. Joann Manson , a professor of medicine at Harvard University and chief of preventative medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, discusses how clinical trials could prove that Vitamin D could help prevent diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and cancer. Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Joann Manson.

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