Monthly Archives: February 2016

Up Close: Upstate Cancer Center Pharmacy

While nurses help patients settle in for their infusion appointments at the Upstate Cancer Center, the chemotherapy drugs they will receive are prepared in a sterile room just a few steps away by pharmacy technicians and pharmacists who specialize in … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, drugs/medications/pharmacy

Sleep first: 7 tips for healthy slumber

Good sleep habits become even more crucial when a person is dealing with cancer. After a diagnosis, people understandably may develop anxiety and/or depression, both of which can impact their ability to get to sleep and stay asleep. “The loss … Continue reading

Posted in brain/neurology, cancer, community, HealthLink on Air

Understanding how cancer produces estrogen within a tumor

  BY JIM HOWE Picture a flower blooming in a desert, and you have the key to a mystery that puzzled cancer researchers for years. A common type of breast cancer needs the female hormone estrogen and somehow finds a … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, research, women's health/gynecology

Upstate researchers decipher breast cancer clues in proteins

BY AMBER SMITH In the laboratories at Upstate Medical University, some breast cancer research focuses on proteins, the microscopic molecules that are present in all living organisms. “Proteins in cells are responsible for doing much of the work within cells, including … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, genetics, research

Aggressive screening may be factor in Onondaga County’s high prostate cancer rate

  The incidence of prostate cancer is statistically higher in Onondaga County, compared to New York state and the United States, but the mortality rate is not significantly different. One possible explanation may be the high level of attention to … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, community, health care, public health, urology

Comfort food recipe: Cinnamon apples

Enjoy this recipe as you would homemade applesauce, as a snack or for dessert. Cinnamon apples go good with pancakes, waffles or biscuits. For variety, you may want to add ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg and ¼ teaspoon ground cloves in … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, community, diet/nutrition, recipe

Specialized surgeons treat cancers, plus other diseases of liver, gallbladder, pancreas

Surgeons with a hepatobiliary specialization treat some of the deadliest cancers. “Hepato” relates to the liver, and “biliary” refers to the gallbladder and bile ducts. But cancers are not the only problems that require such a surgeon’s expertise. Upstate‘s Dilip … Continue reading

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Performer keeps a song in her heart as she copes with rare cancer, its many tests, treatment decisions

BY AMBER SMITH What began as a tiny bump under Donna Colton’s scalp has led the 56-year-old woman from Manlius on an ongoing medical odyssey. Colton has undergone surgery and radiation. Now she and her doctors are considering whether she … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, community, entertainment, medical imaging/radiology, patient story, surgery

‘Black Man in a White Coat’ author speaks on race and medicine

As a first year medical student, Damon Tweedy, MD, noticed a theme echoing through his lessons on various conditions and ailments, from the common to the most complex and rare. Many conditions are described as more common in the black … Continue reading

Posted in community, entertainment, medical student

Dedication to top care earns praise

Upstate University Hospital received the 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Upstate was one of a select group of only 20 U.S. health care facilities with accredited cancer programs to receive … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, community, patient story