Monthly Archives: May 2016

Do culture, ethnicity influence pain control?

What sorts of therapies are Chinese Americans likely to use for pain control when they undergo cancer treatment? That’s a question raised in a paper published this year in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. One of the authors … Continue reading

Posted in alternative/integrative medicine, community, drugs/medications/pharmacy, health care, illness, international health care, medical student, research

Upstate marks 20 years of celebrating cancer survivors

National Cancer Survivors Day takes place the first Sunday in June, a celebration of life for people of all ages that is held in the Syracuse area and hundreds of other communities nationwide. Upstate sponsors the Syracuse-area event, which was … Continue reading

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One of the best: Upstate oncology program makes lift of top 100

  Upstate University Hospital has a great oncology program. That’s according to Becker’s Hospital Review, a health industry publication that creates an annual list of 100 hospital and health systems with great oncology programs. The list is not ranked, and hospitals … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, community, health care

Almost home: Guest house welcomes adult patients, their families

  BY JIM HOWE Cancer patients and their families who travel to Syracuse for treatment face the question of where to stay and how to get around. Spending days or weeks away from home can get expensive if the patient, … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, community, health care, illness, volunteers

A behind-the-scenes look at cancer care: Medical providers pool their expertise as they tackle tough cases

BY AMBER SMITH Just before 2 p.m. every Wednesday, 18 men and women, most wearing white coats, take seats around a conference table in the Upstate Cancer Center. Some carry water bottles, others tote laptop computers. There’s no chitchat or … Continue reading

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A trusted guide through cancer treatment: the nurse navigator

BY JIM HOWE Cancer patients can feel overwhelmed as they face not just their disease, but a bewildering array of appointments, treatments and insurance forms. Many are looking for one person who can explain the next procedure, remind them of … Continue reading

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She tells everyone: Read your medical records

BY AMBER SMITH As the world marked the turn of the millennium on Dec. 31, 1999, Dorette Thompson and her husband, David, were in New Jersey for a black-tie celebration. Thompson, in her late 50s, awoke that morning to unusual … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, health care, illness, medical imaging/radiology, patient story, women's health/gynecology

A different stroke: Hers happened after a neck adjustment

BY AMBER SMITH In seeking relief for tension headaches, Carmella Carroll sought treatment that – she later learned – increased her risk for a stroke. The Manlius woman was 33 in October 2009 when she went to a chiropractor for … Continue reading

Posted in brain/neurology, disability, eye/vision/ophthalmology, health care, illness, patient story, physical therapy/rehabilitation, stroke, surgery | 1 Comment

Without symptoms: How a CT scan found a hidden lung cancer

Glen Wells was a smoker most of his life, and cancer runs in his family. He quit smoking in 2007. In 2013 when his family doctor, David Page, MD, suggested he be screened annually for lung cancer, Wells followed the … Continue reading

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