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This week: How to prepare a child for surgery; how pancreatic cancer is discovered and treated

If a child has an illness or injury that requires surgery, no matter how "minor" the procedure may be, it's a big deal -- to the child and to his or her caregivers. Dr. Michaela "Mikki" Kollisch explains on this week's "HealthLink on Air" what to expect, and how to prepare, whether the child is a baby, a teenager or in between. Kollisch is an assistant professor of surgery, specializing in pediatrics.

Also on the show, Dr. Thomas Vandermeer discusses how pancreatic cancer is often discovered, diagnosed and treated. This type of cancer accounts for about 3 percent of all cancers in the United States, but 7 percent of all cancer deaths. It's the fourth leading cause of death from cancer. Vandermeer, chief of surgical oncology at Upstate, says advances in the treatment of pancreatic cancer are offering hope.

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