Monthly Archives: July 2014

How to help your loved one consume enough calories

Cancer and its treatments can reduce a person’s appetite, putting them in danger of losing too much weight. Registered dietitian Maria Erdman says spreading “meals” into smaller servings of food throughout the day can help. So can eating slowly and … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, community, diet/nutrition

She’s so Syracuse, she remembers Renwick Place

The 50th anniversary of the opening of the Upstate hospitals and the “I’m so Syracuse” memory project inspire the question, “What was Upstate’s downtown location like before the hospital was built?” Answers can be found in a 1960 “SUNY Upstate … Continue reading

Posted in community, history

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

Posted in cancer, research

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

Posted in cancer, fundraising, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

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

Posted in cancer

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

Posted in cancer, entertainment, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

Battling cancer and saving kids at the Waters Center

Richard Sills MD was a high school student in 1964, the year that Upstate’s hospitals opened. At that time, he laments, “almost nobody survived childhood cancer.” The medical specialty of pediatric hematology-oncology was new in those days and William Waters … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, community, health care, history, medical student, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

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

Posted in community, diabetes/endocrine/metabolism, surgery

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

Posted in cancer, psychology/psychiatry, women's health/gynecology

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

Posted in cancer, community, entertainment