breast cancer

  Joining us on this Medical Monday is Dr. Prathima Kanumuri. She’s a board-certified breast cancer surgeon with Ellis Medicine in Schenectady, specializing in surgical treatment of both benign and malignant diseases of the breast. 

Sean Philpott-Jones: Reconsidering Cancer Screening Programs

Oct 22, 2015

In a public commentary that aired a little over a year ago, I caused quite a stir when I discussed the case of Amy Robach, the then-40-year-old ABC News correspondent who was diagnosed with breast cancer after receiving an on-air mammogram conducted as part of a Good Morning America story about cancer screening programs. Ms. Robach underwent a double mastectomy shortly after her diagnosis and is currently cancer free.

The 21st annual Race for the Cure to benefit breast cancer research will take place Saturday in Albany at the Empire State Plaza. There is a 5-k coed run and a two-mile family walk. For more on the event and for an update on efforts to prevent and cure breast cancer, we spoke with Tori Roggen, executive director of the Northeastern New York Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For the Cure.

Food Network star Sandra Lee is recovering at home after being discharged from the hospital following a double mastectomy.

4/21/15 Panel

Apr 21, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Professor, Rosemary Armao, and essayist, author, editor and activist - Barbara Smith.

Scheduled topics include: EU Migrant Crisis; Baltimore Arrest Spinal Cord Death; Breast Cancer Numbers; Standardized Testing; 2015 Pulitzer Prizes.

3/18/15 Panel

Mar 18, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, essayist, author, editor and activist - Barbara Smith and Political Consultant, Libby Post.

Schedule topics today include Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wins election in Israel; Penn State frat suspended; Presbyterian Church approves same-sex marriage; US Budget; new findings in breast biopsies.

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday is Dr. Angela Keleher, the lead breast surgeon at the Dyson Center for Cancer Care in at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie. She’s one of our region’s foremost surgical oncologists, and is here to answer your questions.

  In 2006 when he was 50 years old, Michael Kovarik of Greenwich was a third-grade teacher in a South Colonie School when he felt a lump in his left breast. He never thought he would develop breast cancer, but he did.

Although male breast cancer is rare, it exists. Nationally, the American Cancer Society predicts 2,360 men will develop the disease this year and 430 will die from it. Contrast that with the 232,670 new cases in women and the prediction that 40,000 will die.

Kovarik has been working to raise awareness about male breast cancer and has written a book about his experience, Healing Within: My Journey with Breast Cancer.

Dr. Arvind Mahatme
Ellis Medicine

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Often, a major part of the treatment for breast cancer involves breast surgery. Joining us on this Medical Monday is Dr. Arvind Mahatme, head of Ellis Medicine’s breast surgery program in Schenectady, New York. 

Listener Essay - The Call

Oct 22, 2014

  Kathy Cohen lives in Guilderland, NY. She is a retired teacher's assistant from Albany High School. She is also a memoir writer, storyteller, and visual artist.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

A biotech company in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is expanding its cancer fighting capabilities.

Nuclea Biotechnologies is now manufacturing and marketing its own cancer detecting test. With the acquisition of WILEX, Inc. of Cambridge in September, the company is now offering the HER-2/neu blood test. CEO Pat Muraca says the test can detect whether people diagnosed with early stages of breast cancer have a chance of it recurring.

    In Survival Lessons, Alice Hoffman - one of America's most beloved writers - shares her suggestions for finding beauty in the world even during the toughest times.

Wise, gentle, and wry, Alice Hoffman teaches all of us how to choose what matters most.

Sean Philpott: Lara Croft, Cancer Activist

May 16, 2013

In an Op-Ed piece published in Tuesday's New York Times, actress Angela Jolie revealed publicly that she had undergone a prophylactic double mastectomy -- removal of both breasts -- in order to reduce her risk of developing cancer.

On this edition of Medical Monday on Vox Pop we’ll take your questions on cancer detection and medical thermal imaging with Dr. Anthony Piana, co-founder and director of Breast Thermography International.

A graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, Dr. Piana formed BTI in 2008 to educate doctors on the scientific principles of thermology and to train technicians to properly perform exams.

Susan Cummings’s surgeon proclaimed to her a few weeks after her mastectomy, “You’re cured now, that’s it.” But, that wasn’t it by a long shot for Cummings, who has just written a memoir about her first six years after treatment for early-stage breast cancer.

She writes about being a struggling New York actress and wrangles with her fear of more cancer and shame of her altered body.

Object Breast Cancer

Sep 21, 2012
Image by: caraballo-farman

The pink ribbon has been an incredibly successful piece of marketing for breast cancer research. For cancer survivor Leonor Caraballo, it's supremely annoying. She always hated the color pink. She wanted to come up with a symbol that she didn’t find infantilizing. Caraballo is a new media artist who collaborates with her husband, Abou Farman, under the name caraballo-farman. The couple started making bronze models of real tumors, created from MRI scans, that you can wear around your neck or put on your desk.

New research has found that a missing gene could be responsible for almost 28% of human breast cancer cases, that’s more than 60,000 cases a year in the U.S. and more than 383,000. The study on the NF1 gene, and its role in breast cancer, is from Cornell University. For more on the findings, WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke with the research paper’s senior author, John Schimenti, a professor of genetics at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine.