Monthly Archives: June 2017

Her diagnosis leads to career

Katherine Frega was a high school junior in Westfield, N.J., in May 2010 when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. She transferred her cancer care to Upstate when she became a student at Syracuse University in 2012. Frega graduated from … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, health care, health careers, medical education, medical student, patient story, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

A detour: Medical student learns about health care as a patient

BY AMBER SMITH Medical student Alex Paley was in his third year of medical school when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor on Jan. 18 and underwent emergency surgery. He has been in treatment since then. He would much … Continue reading

Posted in brain/spine/neurosurgery, cancer, community, fundraising, health care, health careers, medical imaging/radiology, medical student, patient story | Tagged

Psychosocial care tends to body as well as mind

Patients are used to having their pulse, blood pressure, respiration, temperature and pain level recorded in their medical record. Now a “sixth vital sign,” that of emotional distress, is beginning to find its way into patient charts. It’s called distress … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, community, depression, grief/loss, health care, HealthLink on Air, mental health/emotional health, physical therapy/rehabilitation, psychology/psychiatry | Tagged , ,

Positive is not always a good thing

“The word ‘positive’ usually means good. We like positive attitudes, positive states of mind, and positive balance sheets. However, in medicine, positive is often bad,” says Steven Z. Pantilat, MD, director of the Palliative Care Leadership Center at the University … Continue reading

Posted in cancer

Up close: Offering a better biopsy

Upstate offers a 3-D guided breast biopsy option for patients whose mammograms reveal something suspicious that requires additional investigation. Using this system, radiologists can easily locate and target regions of interest for what is known as an upright core breast … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, medical imaging/radiology, pathology, technology, women's health/gynecology

Settling in: Newcomers to CNY found jobs, a home – and a doctor

BY AMBER SMITH When she moved to Syracuse two summers ago, Andrea Scheibel, 32, had a rare form of anemia that required blood transfusions, sometimes as often as every week. She got sick in 2014 when her body stopped making … Continue reading

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Adventurer sees what’s possible

Tim Conners of Fulton is a blind adventurer who set out to — and did — summit Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak. He set out in late May, after graduating from Ithaca College, and reached the summit in early June. … Continue reading

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From Elbridge to Ethiopia, with an Upstate nurse

BY AMBER SMITH Brooke Fraser, a 20-year veteran nurse from Elbridge who works in the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, saves her days off for mission trips to countries in need. Last summer she travelled to Ethiopia and spent two weeks … Continue reading

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Treatment you inhale: pure oxygen

BY AMBER SMITH One of the unfortunate side effects of radiation therapy for head and neck cancers can be damage to the soft tissue and bones of the jaw. No matter how precisely the radiation is directed, small blood vessels … Continue reading

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Patients receive medical care – and education

When we come to a medical appointment at the Upstate Cancer Center, we’re ready to have blood drawn, to have our lungs listened to, to report on our symptoms. We are focused on our health. What we may not realize … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, health care, illness