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Donato Morgante weighs maybe 24 pounds and stands not much more than 2 feet tall. That little frame packs in a lot of presence, which is why so many heads turned when his father and mother, Jacquie and Joe, brought him into the lobby Thursday morning at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. The child buried his head in his dad's shoulder, his tiny stature illust…

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Sarah Ross guessed it was leukemia long before the doctors confirmed it. Five years ago, she had been feeling lousy in a way she had never experienced before. When a blood test came back with some indicators pointing to the disease, Ross stalled for a while before doing a follow-up. In her heart, she said, she already knew what was happening. Ross, who had worked for ye…

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Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is moving ahead with plans to add another parking ramp to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus as it sees a growing demand for medical treatment and a resulting increase in staffing. The cancer hospital and research center wants to construct a seven-story garage with 590 spaces for its employees at the southwest corner of Carlton a…

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Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is back in Buffalo this weekend as Cincinnati faces the Bills at New Era Field. The last time he visited for a game – in August 2018 – Dalton had an important visit on his schedule. Dalton joined his wife, JJ, as their foundation presented a donation to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center as a thank-you for the thousands that poured …

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An estimated 48,000 cancer patients and survivors live in Erie County, among 128,000 in the region. Hundreds of them have an opportunity to spend part of Saturday learning from experts, as well as others in their shoes, when Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center presents its third annual “Chapter 2: A Cancer Survivor’s Workshop for Living Your Best Life.” “A lot o…

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John Klatt was relaxing at home with a magazine last February when he decided he wanted to go on a trip to Iceland this summer. “My wife looked at me like, ‘You got chemo brain again or what?’ ” he recalled this week. The magazine, Cure, is a patient-friendly publication that focuses on cancer research and treatment. The vacation desire: a demanding three-day hike…

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For his newest movie, filmmaker Peter McGennis (“Buffalo Bushido,” “Queen City”) wanted to focus on the children in Buffalo. So he spent time over five years on "Bubble Girl," which he made mostly at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center where he followed the same young cast fighting to overcome illness with the help of an imaginary friend. The 60-minute film is ulti…

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Justine Jopp saw it as a moment of chance and motivation. For years, as a volunteer mainstay of the annual Ride for Roswell, she has used bright colors to paint the names of riders onto Carlton Street in Buffalo before the Peloton, the two-by-two Friday night bicycle ride that began this weekend's monumental fundraiser for the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. H…

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A pair of patients and an oncology researcher put on their thinking caps for the latest Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center fundraiser. Emmett Jakubowski, 13, and Kathleen Theal, an adult patient – with an assist from Adam Sumlin, assistant professor of oncology at Roswell – provided creative direction for a new Buffalo Sabres baseball cap. New Era Cap designed …

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They brought the ashes to Justine Zaworski Morabito last year as she worked as a medical receptionist at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. A priest, on his way to visit patients, stopped by her desk. She has had ashes spread on her forehead at the beginning of Lent since she was a little girl, but this time she paused to contemplate the gesture. Like so many thi…

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The HER2 protein, which encourages the growth of cancer cells, is present in about 20 percent of all breast cancers. While HER2-positive breast cancers tend to be very aggressive, today the prognosis is generally very good, thanks to the introduction of HER2 inhibitors such as trastuzumab (brand name Herceptin). However, not all HER2-positive breast cancers respond to e…

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A heavy industrial heritage and high smoking rates pack a double whammy in Niagara County when it comes to lung cancer rates. Still, the county hasn’t had a health care clinic dedicated to detection and treatment of the type of cancer that is the leading cause of death for women in the county and the second leading cause for men, after heart disease. Until now. Ro…

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You may never have heard about mucositis, but for those going through cancer treatment, this common side effect makes an already challenging situation that much worse. Mucositis tends to attack parts of the digestive tract, most often the mouth, creating painful ulcers and lesions that cannot be treated with antibiotics. "Most patients who suffer from mucositis will …

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The construction dust may have settled at Oishei Children's Hospital and the University at Buffalo's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Science – but the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is still growing, said Matt Enstice, the campus’ chief executive officer. With the 120-acre research campus mostly built out, and the ties between its member institutions well-estab…

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Dennis Braniecki drove in Sunday from greater Rochester. He grabbed breakfast with his sister, Debbie Sokolski, and her husband, Stephen, at the Polish Villa on Union Road. They talked about their jobs and especially about the engagement of Debbie's daughter, all the usual topics grown siblings cover when they get together. It was a routine moment at a place they have l…