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Pancreatic cancer patient Gail Brehm with physician Ajay Jain

Patient Stories

The Polyp was a Clue

Nina Alfano had not heard of cervical polyps when her doctor found one during an exam in March 2020. Luckily, regular screenings helped Nina detect cervical cancer early when it’s most treatable. Read more…


Resilient and Recovering

Enzo Gentile’s first birthday celebration turned out to be something his mother had never imagined. He was hospitalized at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumor in January 2017. Read more…


Owego Man Undergoes Complex Cancer Operation

Saved by a team of Upstate surgeons! AJ Pass had a 16-pound Ewing’s sarcoma tumor removed from his adrenal gland during a 12-hour surgery. Read more…


Riding again: He bicycles despite kidney transplant, cancer diagnosis

Transplant recipient and cancer survivor Chris Atwood bikes 2,000 to 3,000 miles per year.  Read more...


Breast cancer survivor preaches screenings

Janet Bacon’s breast cancer is rare in one way, but typical in another: It shows the importance of early detection. Read more...


With lung cancer at bay, she's cruising Florida coast on her Harley

As a retired police officer, Toni Lindgren knows how to deal with problems. So, when a physician at Fort Drum said, "I think it's cancer," Lindgren said, "I'm going to Upstate. I want the doctors who do cancer all day, every day." Read more...


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