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Christine Ambrosone lost a husband to Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1996, so she understands the frustrations people harbor toward the fits and starts in cancer treatment advances. She also understands cancer is tough, conniving and irrational. “The more we learn, the more complex we realize cancer is,” said Ambrosone, senior vice president for population sciences and chairw…

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Buffalo-area soccer players rarely look forward to having a certain referee for a match, but Tom George has been an exception. An air of authority, an intimidating frame and a deep, booming voice make him a strong fit for the job, but his willingness to explain calls, calmly handle combustible situations and hustle to be in position set him a cut above. The 57-year-o…

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Lynne Jakubowski has felt the sting of pancreatic cancer twice. Her husband, John, 55, a group vice president with M&T Bank, died four months after he was diagnosed in early 2014. Her brother, Mark J. Czarnecki, former president and chief operating officer at M&T, died in February 2017 after a 20-month battle that included surgery, one of few treatments availabl…

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The sixth annual Mathletes Cindy Frank Memorial 5K Run and 1K Walk will start at 9 a.m. Saturday at 14 Holy Helpers, on Indian Church Road near Union Road in West Seneca; walkers will start at 9:15 a.m. The race is in memory of Frank, a long-time junior high mathematics teacher at Fourteen Holy Helpers School until she lost a short but valiant battle with cancer in the …

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Dr. Li Tang and her family almost always include broccoli on the dinner table. It has a lot do with what she's learned in her lab at Roswell Comprehensive Cancer Center. "I'm mostly interested in diet, vegetables and cancer, most specifically cruciferous vegetables," said Tang, associate professor of oncology in the Department of Cancer Prevention and Control at the …

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Oluwakemi Mogaji has only been riding a bike for two years but the 24-year-old graduate student is undaunted by an upcoming 4,000-mile ride from Baltimore to Seattle. Mogaji, who friends and family call Kemi, harbors an adventurous spirit that began to flourish even before she and her family emigrated eight years ago from Nigeria to Syracuse. She is pursuing a career…

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If you exercise regularly and are diagnosed with cancer, chances are that you'll live longer as a result. If you don't exercise and are diagnosed with cancer, chances are you'll live longer if you start – or die sooner otherwise. A researcher shared these findings – culled from a long-term observational study of nearly 6,000 patients at Roswell Park Comprehensive Can…

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The Erie County Department of Health is partnering with Tops Markets this month, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, to promote awareness. A dozen Tops markets in Erie County will provide the InSure FIT test kit to eligible adults 50 to 75 years old to aid in early colon cancer detection. The kit provides a sample collection method to use at home as a cost-effec…

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The Kelly Tough wristbands are on their way. With the announcement last week that Jim Kelly's cancer has returned, online retailer 26 Shirts has reordered the item and is again selling them. More than 500 have been sold since last week, according to Del Reid, the founder of 26 Shirts. Reid said the manufacturer who initially produced the wristbands in 2014 has gone o…

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Women who have been diagnosed with any form of cancer, are undergoing treatment or who recently completed treatment are welcome to an inexpensive getaway next month at Stella Niagara in Lewiston. The Respite for Women Cancer Weekend will take place from March 16 to 18 in the Center of Renewal at 4421 Lower River Road. The weekend includes a modest private room, all m…

About 55,440 people in the U.S. – 29,200 men and 26,240 women – will be diagnosed this year with pancreatic cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. About 44,330 people – 23,020 men and 21,310 women – will die of the disease. Pancreatic cancer accounts for about 3 percent of all cancers in America and 7 percent of all cancer deaths. The Western New York a…

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Athenex Inc. and real estate developer Casilio Cos. are seeking a package of county tax breaks to support a planned expansion of the drugmaker's Newstead manufacturing facility so it can continue to make small-batch medications. Buffalo-based Athenex wants to build an 8,000-square-foot addition to the current 18,500-square-foot production plant at 11342 Main St., which …

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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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Stacie Bliss will start nursing school in the spring, something that seemed improbable 18 years ago when doctors at Women & Children's Hospital sent her home for the holidays fearing it might be her last Christmas. Instead, doctors confirmed come the January afterward that her acute lymphoblastic leukemia was in the early stages, and knocked out her cancer in one ro…

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Once Jim Beiter could no longer speak, he had plenty of time to contemplate what he wished that he could say. He is a hunter and an angler, a guy who has spent a lot of quiet hours in the woods or standing alongside a pond. He understands how to tell a great tale, how to pack all the meaning or humor into the crescendo. Yet he appreciates the communion that can be a gif…