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Cynthia Gromada-Dominske launched an exercise routine late last year after a battle with breast cancer, but a new opportunity to ramp things up came this spring in the form of the Hope Chest Buffalo Dragon Boat Festival. The 55-year-old Grand Island resident will be among 80 fellow breast cancer survivors from the region to participate Saturday in a series of races on t…

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More than 15,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in New York state each year. Early detection, which comes with mammography, has whittled down the number of deaths in recent years to about 2,600 annually. The news isn't quite as good in four Western New York counties where breast cancer screening rates are below average, primarily because women who are poor, unde…

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Forgive Jessica Pirro the fact that she hasn’t decorated her office walls since Crisis Services made a big move last November from North Buffalo into more spacious surroundings in Riverside. Like many her agency serves, the chief executive officer had a challenging 2017. Pirro needed to lean on others during the move while she battled triple negative breast cancer, G…

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The Breast Cancer Network of WNY and Windsong Radiology Group will present a free seminar for breast cancer patients and survivors this week. Windsong Breast Care Coordinator Kay Dekker will lead the seminar, “Surviving Cancer – Creating your Life Plan,” which will focus on treatment, the latest research, survivorship, clinical trials and resources available to Western …

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A new study from Roswell Park Cancer Institute found that women who took multivitamin supplements before their breast cancer diagnosis and/or during treatment were less likely to develop debilitating and often long-lasting chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, or CIPN. Such neuropathy is a common side effect of cancer treatment that causes shooting or burning pain…

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Andrea Whitmarsh pushes her daughters on the swing set in the backyard, brushes their hair and tucks them into bed at night with the same joy other mothers feel in similar moments. She also harbors worries, far less familiar, that her girls will one day grow up to face a life dogged in part by cancer fears. The concern is based on experience. Like her mother befor…

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The Breast Cancer Network of Western New York announced a series of events open to the public and running throughout the month of October to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Girls Night Out will launch the series from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday in the Grapevine Banquet facility, 333 Dick Road, Depew. The night will include local vendors, hors d’oeuvres, a wine wall, …

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Katie O'Brien's apartment in Houston is on the fifth floor. She parks her car in an elevated ramp. When Hurricane Harvey engulfed the city, she looked out her window and saw floodwaters pouring down the street. She was dry. Her car would start. The way she sees it, she was lucky. "Where my heart breaks is for all these people who can't get out," she said of Houston, …

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The Breast Cancer Network of Western New York will host its first annual Strike Out Breast Cancer Walk & Ballgame Saturday. The event will start with a pre-game party at 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot of WNY Imaging Group, 144 Genesee St.; it will be followed by a 1-mile awareness walk to Coca-Cola Field, where participants can enjoy the evening’s Buffalo Bisons baseb…