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Pancreatic cancer patient Gail Brehm with physician Ajay Jain

Patient Stories

Growing up, despite cancer

The Hysicks of Baldwinsville got a puppy in November 2012, and their son Parker played with her constantly. So when Parker developed bruises, his mom and dad thought they were from roughhousing. Read more...


Personal plan: Her team crafted the best way to fight her pancreatic cancer

A tumor quietly growing in Gail Brehm’s pancreas invaded her stomach and surrounding soft tissues. Eventually the mass began pressing on a nerve. Read more...


Ailing med student Alex Paley: 'A brilliant mind, a true friend'

Upstate medical students set up a fundraising run and crowdfunding site for their class mate, Alex Paley, who has a brain tumor. 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...


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...



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