Author Archives: Amber Smith

Healing with books: Suggestions from Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital librarian

Sometimes you need a story that makes you laugh Preschool “Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach,” by James Dean, (2013) a my-first-reader book. Beginning reader (2013). Visiting the beach with his family, groovy Pete the Cat enjoys collecting shells … Continue reading

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Glass mural of pond inspires serenity at Upstate Cancer Center

Marie Luther is an artist who often visits a rambling creek and waterfall near her Syracuse home. “Sometimes I sit near the stream and listen to its melodic whispers and let the soft light that filters between the sugar maples … Continue reading

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How to reduce your risk of esophageal cancer

A type of esophageal cancer called adenocarcinoma is on the rise in the United States largely because of the obesity epidemic. People who are overweight may develop reflux, which can damage the esophagus and lead to cancer. Trouble swallowing is … Continue reading

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Survivor develops career in cancer research

Chris Lucchesi’s relationship with cancer began in a high school AP Biology class. “We started learning about cancer and realizing that it’s nothing really crazy,” says Lucchesi, a graduate student in pharmacology in his fifth year at Upstate. “You have … Continue reading

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‘Cancer Care’ publication for anyone touched by cancer

The fall 2014 issue of Cancer Care magazine features the remarkable story of how a surgeon removed a bladder wracked by cancer and replaced it with one he built from a portion of the patient’s own intestine. Readers will also … Continue reading

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‘Mercy Killers’ playwrite/actor to perform at Upstate

Michael Milligan plays the role of Joe in the one-man play he wrote called “Mercy Killers” that illustrates problems in the American health care system. He visits Syracuse to perform the play from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19. … Continue reading

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What to do about hair loss from cancer treatment

Many of the drugs used to fight cancer go after rapidly-growing cancer cells but also wipe out other rapidly-growing cells, which includes hair cells. That means some cancer patients face hair loss ranging from thinning to complete baldness. The amount … Continue reading

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Unique surgery treats aggressive bladder cancer

Allan Sustare celebrates each day. He is grateful to be alive after coming so close to death from advanced bladder cancer. He admits that he had no concept of the severity of his disease. He had no pain, just blood … Continue reading

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Estrogen expert will explain how women can maintain health

A leading expert on estrogen, women’s health and breast cancer gives a lecture Thursday, Nov. 20 at Upstate Medical University that is open to the public. Richard Santen, MD, a professor of medicine in the division of endocrinology at the … Continue reading

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Brain expertise: Stroke care depends on physicians, nurses, therapists and more

Patients who are wheeled into Upstate University Hospital’s emergency department suffering from stroke are likely to receive acute treatment and rehabilitative care under the same roof, followed by the same ensemble of providers. The hospital, the first designated stroke center … Continue reading

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