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A chance meeting during a national funeral directors’ convention brings a Hollywood movie veteran to the Southtowns this weekend for a special charity premiere of the feature film, “Getting Grace,” about the relationship between a funeral director and a teen faced with terminal cancer. Actor Daniel Roebuck, who plays the funeral director, and Madelyn Dundon, who portray…

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Conversations have become more common, and precise, these days about the ancestry of many Americans – especially if those Americans have taken one of several online genetic tests that have become popular holiday and birthday gifts. Who wouldn’t be excited to learn that their DNA strongly reaffirms their heritage, by percentage, with a smidgen of something completely une…

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Several buildings and landmarks in the region will be illuminated in purple Thursday night to mark World Pancreatic Cancer Day. Big Ditch Brewery, Buffalo General Medical Center, Buffalo Place (Main Place Mall), M&T Bank and One Canalside will be bathed in purple to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer, as well as encourage support for those with the disease, as …

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The Familial Cancer Society of Western New York will host a craft beer and wine tasting fundraiser from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at Tewksbury Lodge, 249 Ohio St., along the Buffalo River waterfront. Andrea Whitmarsh – the third generation in her family to have the BRCA 2 gene mutation, which raises the risk of breast and other cancers – led the effort to found the organizati…

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Listen to Dr. Igor Puzanov and you hear the excitement that comes with helping to bring new, improved cancer drugs to patients. Not that, as a layperson, you can easily follow what he is saying... "In 2010, 2011, when Dr. Suzanne Topalian [of Johns Hopkins] had the first presentation of this drug which you now know as Opdivo, I was trying to get the M.D. Anderson Pha…

Erie County

Roswell Park shot for the funding moon. It was a direct hit. Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center won a $6.28 million competitive award from the national Beau Biden Cancer Center Moonshot Initiative, which will include the establishment of a national resource-sharing center to be run by Roswell Park, it was announced Tuesday morning. The National Cancer Instit…

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Kirsten Moysich has become a leading advocate in Western New York for cancer patients. She's also a very good role model when it comes to healthy living. Moysich, professor of oncology and member of the Department of Cancer Prevention and Control at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, focuses most of her research on the impact of exercise in cancer treatment. …

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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…