Cancer News from HOA | with Dr. Ajeet Gajra

While cancer remains the second leading cause of death in the United States – progress is being made every day in the form of new research, new treatments, new technologies, and new approaches to care, patient support, and survivorship. That’s why Hematology Oncology Associates of CNY (HOA) brings you the Cancer News from HOA interviews with Ted & Amy! Each month, HOA’s Dr. Ajeet Gajra will explore what’s new in cancer care to help ensure the Central New York community is fully informed about the state of cancer care. We hope you’ll tune in and share the news!

Meet your HOA cancer expert!

Ajeet Gajra, M.D., M.B.B.S., F.A.C.P.

Dr. Ajeet Gajra is HOA’s Chief Scientific Officer. Board-certified in Medical Oncology, Hematology, and Palliative Care, Dr. Gajra has called CNY his home since 1996. He has been a medical oncologist and hematologist since 2001 — joining HOA in 2022 – after serving as a Professor of Medicine and the Medical Director at the Upstate Cancer Center in Syracuse, NY. He has also collaborated with researchers at renowned cancer treatment institutions, including Memorial Sloan Kettering, the Mayo Clinic, and the City of Hope – and has conducted and lead research at global organizations ICON and Cardinal health. Dr. Gajra’s philosophy is “to treat all under my care the same as I would treat family and friends. I believe in mutual respect and shared decision-making without judgement or bias.” Click here to read Dr. Gajra’s full biography.

We just finished out Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and Hematology Oncology Associates of CNY wants to remind listeners to get screened for colorectal cancer if you’re at higher risk or over the age of 45. Dr. Santosh Kumar is a Medical Oncologist for HOA:

Dr. Ajeet Gajra of Hematology Oncology Associates of CNY talks about the different cancer treatment options and also the best ways to handle their side effects.

Dealing with cancer and cancer treatments are tough any time of the year but especially during the holidays. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Pamela Coffey works with both patients and their families on ways to make it less stressful.

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and Medical Oncologist Dr. Steven Duffy of Hematology Oncology of CNY talks about the treatments for and prognosis of pancreatic cancer.

There will be a free lung cancer screening offered through Hematology/Oncology Associates of CNY.  Dr. Prezzano discusses who is eligible and why it’s so important.

There is something new and exciting on the horizon when it comes to a blood test that can detect up to 50 different types of cancer.  That is the subject of Dr. Gajra’s most recent  interview:

Dr. Ajeet Gajra from Hematology-Oncology Associates of Central New York discusses research clinical trials this month and why it is so important to consider them when it comes to cancer treatments. See more at

Dr. Gajra looks at skin cancer – the risks, the signs and the dangers, especially when it comes to melanoma:

Dr. Gajra talks about prostate cancer and the educational seminar about prostate cancer treatments being held this month:

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month.  Dr. Gajra talks about the latest in colon cancer treatment and research during this month’s interview:

Dr. Gajra talks about the latest in Immunotherapy when it comes to cancer treatment in February’s interview:


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