Monthly Archives: October 2015

O’Hara’s Teal There’s a Cure: Ovarian cancer walk/run honors Upstate nurse

The annual run/walk that raises awareness for ovarian cancer changed its name to the Maureen T. O’Hara Teal There’s a Cure 5K this year. It was a way to honor the woman who founded the event in 2008, and who … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, community, nursing, research, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics, volunteers

Surgery, chemo battle preschooler’s kidney tumor

Three-year-old Ariana LaVaute attended the Skaneateles Labor Day parade on Sept. 1, 2014, and then helped her father trim shrubs in their yard. A few days later, her activity level and appetite diminished. Seemingly overnight, her belly became enlarged. Ariana’s … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, community, heart/cardiovascular, medical imaging/radiology, patient story, surgery, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

She was willing to donate bone marrow to a stranger. Are you?

Elizabeth Filkins of Antwerp was inspired to join the National Marrow Donor database because a friend of a friend was battling cancer. She joined Be The Match in 2010, pledging to donate her bone marrow or stem cells to help … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, community, organ donation/transplant, patient story

How palliative care brings comfort to suffering patients, families

BY JIM HOWE A doctor hangs her head. A patient loses hope. Medicines haven’t worked. Surgery is not an option. Frustration, fright, even anger fills the air. That’s often the type of situation nurse practitioner Susan Shaw encounters. “My goal … Continue reading

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Pam Youngs-Maher, MEd, inducted into Academy of Upstate Educators

Upstate Medical University presented 16 awards at its fall convocation Sept. 16.  Among the awardees was Pam Youngs-Maher, MEd, who was inducted into the Academy of Upstate Educators. Youngs-Maher is director of online and distance learning in the Department of … Continue reading

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Frederick Parker, Jr., MD, receives excellence in philanthropic service award

Upstate Medical University presented 16 awards at its fall convocation Sept. 16. The President’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropic Service, Individual, was given to Frederick B. Parker, Jr., MD. Below is his biography, as it appears in the convocation program. … Continue reading

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Why you should take pain control seriously

Pain can be a significant part of the cancer experience for many patients, some of whom are reluctant to take prescription opioids. Some patients fear becoming addicted to medications such as morphine or are concerned about common side effects such … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, drugs/medications/pharmacy, HealthLink on Air

Upstate ranks near top for undergraduate career earnings in latest College Scorecard

Upstate Medical University ranks as one of the top institutions in the country for undergraduate career earnings, according to the College Scorecard, recently released by the U.S. Department of Education. Students graduating from Upstate’s  undergraduate programs earned the third highest … Continue reading

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TOPS receives excellence in philanthropic service award

Upstate Medical University presented 16 awards at its fall convocation Sept. 16. The President’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropic Service, Corporate, was given to TOPS Friendly Markets. Below is the company’s profile, as it appears in the convocation program. By … Continue reading

Posted in community, education, entertainment, fundraising, health care, history, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics, volunteers

The most prevalent cancers treated at Upstate: lung, breast, thyroid

  Prostate, breast, thyroid and lung cancers are the most commonly diagnosed cancers in New York state, outside of New York City. They are also the top diagnoses among cancer patients being treated at Upstate University Hospital. Neurological, kidney and … Continue reading

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