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Bob’s Medical Adventure

I wanted to share some information about my health since it prompted my decision to step aside as CRC’s Executive Director. At heart, I’m a health educator, so it comes naturally for me to talk about these things. What I’m dealing with now is not cancer-related. Instead, it’s a rare condition – much rarer than



Good care is a partnership between patient and doctor

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I spend much of my time helping seriously ill patients navigate the health care system. As a result, I’m constantly talking with patients about their interactions with doctors and other health professionals. Although each encounter is unique, I’m increasingly aware of some universal truths that contribute to good patient-doctor encounters. Not surprisingly, good encounters require



3rd Annual Movie Night

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“Pieces of April” Thursday April 27 at 7pm $10 at the door (benefit for CRCFL) Free Popcorn for the first 50 people through the door! To purchase advanced tickets, go to the “BUY TICKETS” page at Cinemapolis.org ” both heartfelt and tough-minded . . .it avoids sentimentality at every turn and  truly earns both its



New Year’s resolution #1….Volunteer for CRC!

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Check out the exciting opportunities below…….  Medical Supplies Coordinator  Every now and then, people donate medical supplies to CRC- nutritional supplement, colostomy bags, pumps, etc. We’re looking for  someone to organize the redistribution of these supplies to folks who need them.  Client Support at Cayuga Medical Center  Provides direct assistance to patients and their families/caregivers



Chicken BBQ

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The Eagles #1253 Auxiliary is hosting a Chicken BBQ Saturday April 1, 2017 from Noon-4pm 161 Cecil Malone Dr, Ithaca $10 (includes chicken, salt potatoes, beans & a roll) 7:00-11pm  The Dean Goble Band Bake sale, cake wheel, basket raffle, and more!  



Clinical trials and cancer

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People diagnosed with cancer often wonder if they should participate in a clinical trial. When someone asks for my opinion, I begin by saying that clinical trials are essential for the advancement of medicine. For example, one clinical trial found that women with early-stage breast cancer did just as well after a lumpectomy (followed by



Donating hair

We often receive calls from individuals who wish to donate hair that can be made into wigs for people with cancer or other types of hair loss. We’ve pulled together information about some of the best-known organizations that accept donations and some articles that might be of interest. Lather, Rinse, Donate (New York Times) I’ve



When your partner is in denial about cancer

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I recently spoke with a woman who was stressed because her husband has cancer and he seemed to be in denial over the seriousness of his situation. What was especially upsetting to her was that he didn’t want to address any end of life issues like drafting a will. I’ve been mulling this over ever



2nd Annual Oncology Teaching Day

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February 24, 2017 Coltivare 235 S. Cayuga St. Ithaca, NY 14850 Clinical Approaches to Care of the Oncology Patient Students $35 • CMC Employees $45 • All Others $55 Registration is required. Please register online at: http://www.cayugamed.org/CCevent.cfm For more info: Deborah Danko, RN, OCN at ddanko@cayugamed.org • (607) 252-3937 This program has been approved for



A field guide to family members of cancer patients

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There are a variety of styles that spouses and other close family members adopt to help a family member with cancer. Here are several negative styles that I’ve observed through the years as well as the style that is most likely to be helpful. Combatants are always looking to pick a fight, often with doctors



Parking lot moments after a cancer diagnosis

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You’re initially stunned when you hear the words, “You have cancer.” Your brain freezes and things are a blur for at least a few minutes. A friend recently asked me what went through my mind once the initial numbness began to fade. For me, this was when I had checked out of the doctor’s office



CRC/CMC Living Well with Cancer Workshop

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Please join us on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at CRC from 5:30-7pm for a presentation by Sadie Hayes on “Acupuncture and Symptom Management.” Sadie trained at Memorial Sloan Kettering Integrative Medicine Service and currently offers acupuncture at Sweet Fern Studios here in Ithaca. This workshop meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month and is open to the public (no



Water Exercise Class returns!

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Start your weekend with this fun and energizing activity! WHO: Open to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer and caregivers. WHEN: Saturdays, Feb. 18 through March 25, 2017 TIME: 9:45-10:45 am PLACE: Island Health & Fitness pool INSTRUCTOR: Judy Urban FEE: $30** for the 6-week session (not pro-rated for each class) –   FREE for



Cancer and the holidays

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The first few months of living with cancer are weird. What seems especially unsettling is that life goes on normally around you, but YOU HAVE CANCER. Your life is suddenly different but everyone else is carrying on like they always do. This sensation is even more intense during the holiday season. There are traditions and



Tumors are more complicated than we thought

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Mark Your Calendars: Cancer Research Seminar Tumors are more complicated than we thought: Can chemotherapy evolve with our evolving understanding of tumor biology? Presented by Nithya Kartha. Wed., Dec. 14, 5:30 – 7pm, Cornell, Morrison Hall, Room 348. (At the corner of Tower Rd. and Judd Falls Rd.). There’s free public parking across the street.



Join us at the Community MatchUp!

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Sunday, December 11th from 2-5pm at The Space at GreenStar Discription of event: Join us for a MatchUp event to connect community members and organizations (nonprofits and agencies). If you have felt the pull to get involved and ensure a vibrant, resilient, and inclusive community, but aren’t sure where to start, let this be your



Teddy Bear Toss

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Cornell Men’s Hockey Team fundraiser Sat. Dec. 3rd 7pm at Lynah Rink (Purchase tickets here) Cornell vs. Miami $10 a Bear Throw on the ice after the game! Bears signed by your favorite Cornell players! Proceeds will be donated to Franziska Racker Center and Cancer Resource Center. Bears will be donated to Cops, Kids and Toys.



Value your own story

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I recently spoke with a group in Binghamton, NY about coping with and communicating about cancer. One attendee suggested that I add the importance of valuing our individual cancer stories. What a terrific idea. Each person who’s been through cancer (either as a patient or a caretaker) has a unique story. For many of us,



How faith communities serve those with cancer

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I recently had the good fortune of attending a couple of church services in rural communities near Ithaca in order to speak about the work of the Cancer Resource Center. It reminded me that churches, synagogues, mosques, and other faith communities are often the primary sources of support for people going through cancer. And, as



CRC wins “Town-Gown” Award from Cornell

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The Cancer Resource Center’s collaboration with the Translator Interpreter Program in Cornell Public Service Center’s was awarded a “ToGo” Award on our project to translate the cultural norms of cancer care in the United States into multiple languages to facilitate communication between patients and their health care providers.



Misster Cornell benefit

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For those of you not familiar with the event, the show features some of the men of the vet school in their very best drag wear to compete for the title of Misster Cornell! How do they win? Through their beauty, talent, and ability to gain dolla billz from you all (but really, bring those



Can Exercise Reduce the Risk of Cancer?

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The November Research Meeting will feature Ithaca College physical therapy students who will present, Can Exercise Reduce the Risk of Cancer? The students (working with Professor Jill Mayer) will present evidence as to the ability of exercise to reduce the risk of cancer and to reduce the likelihood of a recurrence. Please join us tonight,



In the News

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Cancer Resource Center: Ithaca’s Network of Compassionate Folks Ithaca Times Article By Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs For some, it’s a way to honor a friend lost to cancer. For others, it stems from an experience in caregiving. For many, it’s a way to help those who need it most. Whatever the motivation, a quiet, loose network of