breast cancer

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.