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The post-treatment blahs


For many people the months following cancer treatment are more difficult than the treatment itself. During treatment, your “job” is to be in treatment. You’re busy with appointments and you see the same doctors and nurses almost every week. At the same time, friends bring you meals, family members take on extra duties, and you’re

Want to volunteer, but need flexible hours?

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We have a job for you! CRC seeks Financial Advocates to help our clients sort through medical bills, manage complex insurance issues, complete applications, connect with resources, etc. Advocates gather monthly to discuss cases and receive specialized training. No experience necessary. For more info please contact Sharon / 607-277-0960.

Practical advice for getting second opinions


A woman recently diagnosed with cancer stopped by our office to say that she’s heard that it’s important to obtain second opinions from major cancer centers and to assemble a team of experts to provide her treatment. She asked, “How the hell do I do that?” Cancer guidebooks are full of grandiose suggestions like “assemble

AmazonPrime Day 7/10-11


Amazon’s third-annual Prime Day begins at 9pm on Monday July 10, and runs through Tuesday July 11.  #PrimeDay will feature more than 100,000 deals exclusively for Prime members, making it one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Remember to shop at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate a percentage to CRC.

An Evening of Remembrance

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Wednesday, September 27 (rain date Oct. 4) 7-8pm at the CRC Garden. Come join us as we remember our loved ones lost to cancer. A program of remembrance, live music, and sharing of memories. The evening will end with lighting of candles in memory of our loved ones. Please RSVP to Monica at monica@crcfl.net if you would like to

Massage & Yoga, oh my!


Oncology patients, caregivers, family, and friends are encouraged to book a chair massage with a licensed massage therapist from Rasa Spa. Available Tuesdays from 1:30-3pm in the CHOA office. Cost is $1 per minute. Reservations required. Contact Deb Danko 252-3937 to make an appointment. Deb is also looking to start an outdoor yoga class taught by



Get warmed up for the Cancer Resource Center’s 23rd Annual Walkathon & 5K Run by signing up for: Michael’s Miles for Melanoma Fun Run/Walk Sat, August 26, 2017 from 9am to noon at Cass Park. This fundraiser is being organized by Michael’s sister, Jessica Burlingame, and we appreciate her efforts to help raise money for CRCFL! For information

Cancer-Related Fatigue


When people think about the side effects of cancer treatment, they usually think about hair loss (which is common with some types of chemotherapy), and nausea (which is not nearly as common as it used to be). But in my experience, fatigue is the side effect that’s most universal and least appreciated. Fatigue is different

CRC statement regarding health care reform


Those of us personally affected by cancer see proposed changes in health insurance in very concrete terms. The changes aren’t abstractions that may affect us at some point in time in the future. Instead, the changes are very real and will affect our medical and economic well-being when a new law is implemented. The House

Decision-making with cancer


Everyone diagnosed with cancer has decisions to make. What type of treatment? Where to have treatment? Should the cancer even be treated? The question isn’t what’s best. Rather, the question is what’s best for you. After working with people making these decisions for the past several years, I’ve found that some general guidelines can be helpful:

CRC/CMC Living Well With Cancer Workshop

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Elaine Amory from Legal Services of Central NY will present “Legal Issues and Cancer” Please Join us at CRC on Tue, June 20 from 5:30-7pm Elaine Amory from Legal Services of Central NY will present “Legal Issues and Cancer”. Light refreshments served. No reservation needed. Everyone is welcome.

CoreLife Fundraiser – #CoreLifeCRCFL

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Join the Cancer Resource Center for dinner Friday, September 8th from 7-9pm  at the CoreLife Eatery.  $10 at the door (CASH ONLY) buys all you can eat (one entree at a time), and half of the proceeds go to CRC. Good health, good neighbors, good cause! Please help us spread the word by joining our Facebook event 

Are you a competitive athlete and a cancer survivor?


Jessica Wood, an Ithaca College graduate student in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences, is researching “Mental Toughness in Cancer Survivors with Previous Athletic Experience.” She’s recruiting athletes/cancer survivors for a study that provides insight into mental toughness and cancer. A competitive athlete is defined here as an individual who had two years of

Making friends with your oncologist


An oncologist once remarked to me that her patients routinely told her about their personal lives – like they were trying to strike up friendships. I can understand this. It’s not that patients expect their oncologists to invite them over for dinner, but there is a desire to make some sort of human connection. I’m

Executive Director – Job Posting


The Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes (CRCFL), a non-profit organization located in Ithaca, New York, is seeking an innovative and experienced Executive Director.  The CRCFL serves over 1000, people a year with a wide variety and range of services.  The Executive Director has overall strategic and operational responsibilities while focusing upon planning, development,

Thursday Night Comedy


comedyflops Thursday Night Comedy series at The Dock (415 Old Taughannock Blvd.) Join the FLOPs as we say goodbye to Mrs. Cheese, Gabe Gonzalez as part of our All You Can Eat Improv show! Alternating with stand-up comedy, the FLOPs are partnering with The Dock and Dan Smalls Presents to make Thursday THE night for

Ithaca Festival Parade!


The Cancer Resource Center will be marching in the Ithaca Festival Parade! We are looking for a group of cancer survivors & friends to walk with us as we show pride in ourselves & our community. The parade starts at 6:30pm Friday, June 2 and marches down Cayuga St. If you would like to join us, please

Connecting cancer scientists and cancer patients


Most cancer research begins in laboratories where scientists seek to understand why normal cells mutate into cancer cells and then travel, wreaking havoc, elsewhere in the body. These basic scientists are generally more familiar with test tubes than with cancer patients. Nationally, there’s growing interest in building partnerships between scientists and patients. For example, review

VOICES Spring Concert


Sunday, May 7, 2017 3:30pm – 6:00pm First Presbyterian Church 315 N Cayuga St Ithaca, NY 14850 Click here to order tickets. $12 advance, $15 door, $10 senior, $8 student The event will begin with a silent auction at 3:30pm, with the proceeds going to 10 local charities (including CRCFL). The concert will begin at 4:30pm.

Why do engineers study cancer?


You probably know that cancer research is routinely done by biologists, but you might be surprised to learn that engineers increasingly contribute to our understanding and treatment of this disease. Here are some examples: Cancer cells migrate through the body to take root in distant organs. These cells have to survive the “flowing river” of

End of Life Communication focus of Research Seminar


This week’s cancer research seminar, co-sponsored by the Cancer Resource Center and Cornell University, will be presented by Holly Prigerson, Ph.D., of Weill Cornell Medicine where she’s the Director for Research on End-of-Life Care. Her topic is, “Communication as Key to Better End-of-Life Care.” Wednesday, April 12, 6:00 pm, 173 Warren Hall. Everyone is welcome.

Annual Women’s Retreat


Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 11am – 5pm at La Tourella Resort & August Moon Spa. The Cancer Resource Center invites women who are traveling the path of diagnoses, treatment & survivorship to A Day of Renewal ​Our retreat offers a range of workshops, a delicious lunch, a mini-spa treatment, time for visiting, coloring, card-making, and

Event donors


Event Volunteers Joey Steinhagen – MC/Host Kitchen Theatre – Venue & Support Sherron Brown – Photographer Heather Ainsworth Photography Sandy Swayze – Arbonne – Make up Sarah Brewer – Model Biography Editor Lisa Finnerty, LiSalon – Hair & Make up Fran Manzella – Event Coordinator Scott Dolphin – Run Way & Food Coordinator Donna Berich & Kate Dubin – Silent

Your doctor can’t read your mind


In the cancer world, patients often differ on what they want to hear from their doctors. Here are some examples: Some patients want to know – in detail – the various pros and cons of every treatment option, while other patients just want to know what the doctor thinks is best. Some patients want to

Sandra Steingraber speaking tonight at Cornell

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Internationally recognized scientist, poet, and advocate Sandra Steingraber will be presenting on “The environment and cancer: Political engagement by academic scientists.” Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 6:00pm*,146 Stocking Hall*, Cornell University *Note that this seminar is at a different time and place than normal for the series. (Stocking Hall is the home of the Cornell Dairy

Fashion Show donors


Please thank our generous donors with your business! Benjamin Peters Bev & Company Breathe Cornell Store Fibers Boutique Laser & Brewer LuLaRoe Mary Durham Boutique Narrative Space Nelkin Designs One World Market Petrune SewGreen Sundrees Thrive Toko Imports Trader K’s Vintage Industry Willow Woolen Moss

Silent Auction donors


Please thank our generous donors with your business! Aafke Swart Steenhuis Agava Ahora Si Flamenco Bev & Company Boatyard Grill Breathe Chaya Spector Cindy Getchonis Cinemapolis Cornell Store Damiani Winery Der Rosenmeister Nursery Designs by Renee Disney Dolce Delight Double E Gardens East Hill Flying Club Elemental Energy Within Moscato & Associates Ed Thomas Emmy’s Organics

Nice people abound in the cancer world


One of the volunteers at the Cancer Resource Center recently said to me, “Every person I meet with cancer is nice.” It’s an interesting observation and one that other volunteers have made as well. I’ve been in the cancer world for more than 20 years and I think it’s generally true. Not because nice people