Author Archives: Amber Smith

Clinical trial spotlight: lung cancer

Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill tumor cells. Drugs used in chemotherapy work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Which radiation therapy regimen is … Continue reading

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Raising spirits, awareness and money for cancer

The Central New York community made the Upstate Cancer Center possible, with many donations coming directly from grateful patients and family members. The Foundation for Upstate Medical University was the hub for the philanthropy which drew the support of thousands … Continue reading

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Dentist explains how to prevent dry mouth after radiation for cancer treatment

Tooth decay can be a side effect of radiation for cancer treatment, because of a condition called dry mouth. Dentist Patrick Smith, assistant professor of surgery and residency program director of the dental services and clinic at Upstate, explains. What … Continue reading

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Revitalizing through reading as you recover from illness, injury

Book suggestions from Mary Laverty, a librarian in the Family Resource Center of the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Sometimes you need a story that makes you laugh Preschool “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons,” (2013) by James Dean and Eric … Continue reading

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Surgeon specializes in treating diabetics

People who have diabetes are at increased risk of lower leg amputation. The disease may diminish blood flow and sensation in their feet, and it may impair vision, so any wound is not readily apparent. Then because their immune system … Continue reading

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Answers to questions about living with cancer

Q: “I’m not depressed but I just want to be left alone, so what can I do about friends who keep trying to include me in their social plans?” A: “The first thing would be to tell them,” advises Aliya Hafeez, MD, … Continue reading

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Ridlon wildflower painting hangs in hospital lobby

Wildflowers adorn the lobby of Upstate University Hospital downtown, in a painting called “Goldenrod and Wild Asters.” The painting is the largest from artist Jim Ridlon’s garden series. It consists of 30 9-by-12-inch painting he made over a year at fields … Continue reading

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Which surgery provides best long-term outcome for kidney cancer?

Used to be, when surgery was recommended for kidney cancer, surgeons would remove an entire kidney. Now research shows patients fare better 10 years after surgery if the operation removes just the tumors. It makes for a trickier operation, but … Continue reading

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Numbers help tell the story of the Upstate Cancer Center

17.4 million dollars were raised through the Foundation for Upstate — drawn from 18,449 gifts and pledges — to help build the $74 million Upstate Cancer Center. 140 villages, towns or cities in New York have residents who receive cancer … Continue reading

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Plan now for ‘E-Race Cancer’ half marathon and 5K

A half marathon and 5K on Sept. 13 in Baldwinsville is designed to raise money for integrative medicine at the Upstate Cancer Center. It’s called “E-Race Cancer.” The race is sponsored by RBC Wealth Management. The event will include a … Continue reading

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