American Cancer Society

T: 1-800-227-2345

The American Cancer Society has free programs and services to help people with cancer and their loved ones understand cancer, manage their lives through treatment and recovery, and find the emotional support they need..

St. Joseph’s Health Center

T: (315) 448-5175

Breast Cancer Support Group

Crouse Support Group “Pink Therapy”

The support group, free for breast cancer survivors only, will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month, in the Marley Education Center, 765 Irving Ave. Rm 219, Syracuse.  To register please call (315)472-2464.



an abnormal tissue swelling or mass that may be either benign or malignant (cancer).


low platelet count, which creates high risk for bleeding.

Auburn / Cayuga County Cancer Support Group

T: (315) 472-7504

Support Group for patient’s and family/friends Auburn Memorial Hospital. Meeting takes place during the last
week of the month, day varies. Contact Kathy Bennett for more information.



a form of cancer that arises in the supportive tissues such as bone, cartilage, fat, or muscle.


an evaluation of the extent of cancer using exams or tests, which provides the basis for making treatment recommendations.


inflammation and/or sores of the oral mucous membrane resulting from chemotherapy or radiation to the head and neck regions (also known as mucositis).



local treatment of cancer with high-energy x-rays (radiation). The radiation may come from outside the body or placed inside the body as close as possible to the cancer.

Radiation/portal field:

the area of the body designated to receive radiotherapy; usually marked with ink or a tattoo.


disappearance of the signs and symptoms of cancer. It can be permanent or temporary.


Palliative treatment:

therapy that relieves symptoms such as pain, but does not alter the course of the disease.


progressive contraction and relaxation of the intestines.

Primary site:

the site in the body where cancer originated.


a prediction of the course of the disease.


an artificial substitute for a missing body part.



a physician who specializes in treating cancer.


the science dealing with the physical, chemical and biologic properties and features of cancer.

Ommaya reservoir:

a device implanted in the ventricle of the brain through which chemotherapy is administered.



any new abnormal growth.


low white blood cell count, which creates high risk for infection.

Nuclear scan:

a technique in which radioactive dye in injected into a vein, so that images of the body can be recorded to detect the cancerous tissue. The brain, bone, and liver are common sites scanned.