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No right way through cancer

I often say that there’s no single right way through cancer. What do I mean by that? Some people aggressively treat their cancers with surgery and chemotherapy long past the time that others would have switched to comfort measures. Some people keep their cancer diagnosis a secret from nearly everyone while others make it a



Cancer on your own terms

I once wrote a column about people who go through cancer with exceptional grace. A few readers said that the column made them angry. The comments were along the lines of, “I’m dealing with a crappy disease and you want me to do that gracefully? Well, phooey on that and phooey on you.” I’m always



Bob Riter received AFP award

Please join us in celebrating our very own Bob Riter, as he was presented with the Outstanding Professional Achievement in Non-Profit Leadership Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals on Fri. Nov. 17, 2017. Click here to see a video of Bob receiving his award, and here to see photos of the event. National Philanthropy Day is



Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery party this Saturday!

Come on over to Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery this Saturday, October 7th for their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month Kickoff Party. Music by Damdog from 1-4pm. Delicious pink drinks & fun “pinkwear” for sale, with all proceeds going to CRC. In addition to making & selling great wine, this business is a huge supporter ours. Show YOUR support by



Art Revives & Thrives Nov. 4

#CRCArtRevives Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at 4:00-6:30pm CRS Barn Studio  – 2622 Triphammer Rd. Suggested donation $25 available online at gvgb.co/artrevives Treat yourself while supporting a good cause! Just minutes from downtown Ithaca you can take in the gorgeous view overlooking Cayuga Lake as you sip beverages, taste light foods, mingle, and then enjoy an afternoon of



Cancer: Simple wisdom from our pets

We’re delighted to announce the arrival of our latest publication! It illustrates our most common pieces of advice with photos donated from the SPCA of Tompkins County. (The photos were submitted by local residents for consideration for the SPCA’s 2018 calendar). Thanks to financial support from the Eagles Club of Ithaca, printed copies are available



Free Tickets to Alegoria

​Ithaca Flamenco Festival Presents: Victor Bravo on Saturday, September 9th 7pm at the Hanger Theatre Our friends at Ahora Si Flamenco have rescheduled their event, and have again donated 20 free tickets to the upcoming performance so that the CRCFL community could enjoy the show. Please let us know right away if you can use any! We’d hate for them



Pink Ribbon Party Fri., Sept. 22

TOGETHER WE’RE STRONG!!! TOGETHER WE DANCE!!! Come dance to show your love and support for all those affected by breast cancer. The Ithaca area Zumba Instructors are holding their annual event: Friday, September 22 from 6:30-8:30pm Island Health & Fitness Main Center 310 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca There will be dancing, there will be prizes, and there



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



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



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:



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



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



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



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