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Families are complicated. Theirs is no different. For years, Jamie Patterson was estranged from her family. She eventually reconciled, after her sister, Jennifer Carey, had been battling chronic myeloid leukemia. The sisters, from the Adirondack region of New York State, were back together. Which was good on so many levels. But neither could predict just...
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For a while, Amy Sumbrum did her best to connect patients with each other informally, creating a sort of ad hoc support group. She understood they were dealing with side effects that other cancer patients didn’t endure. As a speech-language pathologist in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center,...
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Jonathan Gutchess is a cancer survivor. But the triumph of beating cancer isn’t the end of his story. In many ways, it’s just beginning. Diagnosed in July of 2016 at age 49 with primary-oropharynx right tonsillar squamous cell carcinoma staged II, Jonathan was treated near his home in Dryden, N.Y., at the Cayuga Medical Center....
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Jack Kerner knows the value of having a good support staff. For 25 years he played a pivotal role for St. Bonaventure basketball, keeping the score book for both the men’s and women’s teams. His job was to keep track not only of points but fouls, substitutions, time outs – all the little things that...
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She walked into the house with big “hellos” for everyone. Not that Joyce Lawson particularly wanted to be back at Kevin Guest House. A return to the grand Victorian on Ellicott Street meant that her husband, Craig, was back at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center facing more complications from his treatment for bladder cancer. But...
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It was 1968 when Christine Shaffer first came to Buffalo. The native of Erie, Pa. arrived to attend secretarial school for one year at Bryant & Stratton College. She stayed in Buffalo, working at Roswell Park as a medical secretary until 1975 when her career took a turn in the American Foreign Service. But in...
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Kathy was ready for the hockey game, complete with her scarf featuring the red and white maple leaf of the Canadian Flag. She made no apologies cheering for the Montreal Canadiens, despite the fact the Buffalo Sabres were hosting her and several others from Kevin Guest House for the late October game in KeyBank Center....
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The information was overwhelming. Donna Eastwood was dealing with the reality of her diagnosis — multiple myeloma, a blood cancer — and all that her extensive regime at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center would entail. The thick packet she sifted through after meeting with her doctor was filled with information about her disease and treatment...
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It was the early 1980s when Ann Noble’s daughter was attending the University at Buffalo. She knew that Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center had a renowned breast clinic, so she thought what better place to get her annual mammogram. Living in Binghamton at the time, she would make the seven-hour round-trip drive in one day....
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Life as they knew it changed for Gary McKinley and his wife, LeRhea, in 2007. That’s when the couple from Skaneateles, N.Y., received the diagnosis — Gary had multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells which helps fight off infection and the second most common blood cancer. Gary received nine months of chemotherapy in...
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