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Palliative Care--An Extra Layer of Support

Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 10:53 AM

When you hear the words, “palliative care” this does not mean that there are no more treatment options or at that you are at the end of your life.

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses, like cancer. It is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

Finding hope: How creative radiation treatment saved her life and her baby's life -- while she was pregnant

Friday July 18, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Timmy Sternberg's first birthday party in June was a low-key celebration — just his parents, his three big brothers, and a homemade cake in the family’s Washington Heights apartment.

But the milestone was a particularly joyous moment for the Sternberg family and especially mom Pamela, who was 22 weeks pregnant with Timmy when she was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor called Glioblastoma multiforme.

U.S. News & World Report Announces 2014–15 Best Hospitals Rankings

Friday July 18, 2014 at 2:55 PM

U.S. News & World Report today released the 25th edition of the annual Best Hospitals rankings, freely available at usnews.com. Best Hospitals includes key information on nearly 5,000 medical centers nationwide.

Cancer Cells May Fight Pancreatic Cancer in Earlier Stages

Friday July 11, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Dr. Paul E. Oberstein and Dr. Kenneth P. Olive in the journal Cancer Cell came to a surprising conclusion regarding one of the most common types of pancreatic cancer known as Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma (PDAC). PDAC makes up 90% of pancreatic cancer cases and has a very poor outlook. The average survival rate is just 6 months after a patient has been diagnosed.

How to Deal with Chemo Side Effects: Nausea and Vomiting

Tuesday July 8, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Does your stomach do a back flip at the thought off chemo? If so, you’re not alone. Many patients get “anticipatory” nausea before the treatment starts. Then there are the waves of queasiness and vomiting that often kick in after you’ve received your first IV.

HICCC Researchers and Doctors make New York Magazine’s 2014 Best Doctors List

Tuesday July 1, 2014 at 11:09 AM

For the full list of physicians and ranking criteria, visit http://nymag.com/bestdoctors/

How to Combat Chemo-Fatigue

Friday June 27, 2014 at 2:23 PM

First thing you’re likely to think after your cancer diagnosis, is “How am I going to do it all? Where will I find the energy to keep on working and meet my family obligations while I get through chemo?”

Fatigue is one of the most common side effects of cancer treatment, and it’s one you can take steps to minimize. Here are some helpful tips from our Integrative Medicine experts at The Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Prostate Cancer Aggressiveness Link to FOXM1 and CENFP Genes

Monday June 23, 2014 at 10:37 AM

In a recent article for, Cancer Cell Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers Dr. Cory Abate-Shen and Dr. Andrea Califano describe how they discovered the genes FOXM1 and CENFP that lead to aggressive prostate cancer.

Does Chemotherapy Change Your Relationship to Food?

Monday June 16, 2014 at 10:51 AM

The honest truth? Chemo is probably going to change your taste buds—at least temporarily.

How to Deal with Chemo Side Effects: Nerve Pain

Monday June 9, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Ask any cancer patient what hard-core chemo feels like, and you may hear it’s like being on “pins and needles.” We are talking about neuropathy—a special kind of nerve pain that is generally experienced as numbness or tingling in the limbs.

The good new is that there are ways to combat this. Here are some tips from our Integrative Medicine experts at The Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center.