Author Archives: Jim Howe

Pint-sized patient: Glimpses of a girl who fought cancer — and won

PHOTOS BY MARANIE STAAB/TEXT BY JIM HOWE Kaylee Marshfield of Lakeland received unforgettable news on Feb. 1, 2018. It was her sixth birthday: She had cancer. A strange lump led to tests that detected a Wilms tumor on her left … Continue reading

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Warmth, kindness and radiation, too

BY AMBER SMITH It had been a rough 2019 for Joan Gorton of Hamilton. Starting early in the year, the 83-year-old woman had a series of medical issues — a lingering cough, then a suspicious lump on her leg that … Continue reading

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One nurse’s passions: He’s dedicated to patients in the recovery room and customers at his restaurant

BY JIM HOWE You can find him caring for patients as they wake up after surgery. You can also find him supervising a Vietnamese restaurant near Liverpool. Thanh Nguyen (pronounced tonn wenn), says he loves working as a nurse in … Continue reading

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Up close: Meet DIANA

This is the device that helps the pharmacy team in the Upstate Cancer Center mix chemotherapy medications for individual patients. The product name “DIANA” is a tribute to the ICU Medical founder and CEO’s wife, Diana Kostyra Lopez, MD, whose … Continue reading

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Tackling a disease: SU offensive lineman keeps rare disorder in check with infusions at Upstate

BY JIM HOWE He’s 6 foot 4, weighs nearly 300 pounds and plays football for Syracuse University. And, about every three weeks, Sam Heckel settles in for 12 to 16 hours of infusion treatment at Upstate to deal with a … Continue reading

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A long-term relationship: Cancer monitoring and checkups go on for a lifetime

BY JIM HOWE A diagnosis of cancer can focus the patient’s attention on short-term concerns, such as getting through a round of tests and treatment while coping with daily life. It isn’t until much later that patients enter into a long-term stage of … Continue reading

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Everyday hero: Childhood cancer survivor Dan Kosick climbs mountains, skis, runs obstacle courses

By JIM HOWE Dan Kosick leads an active life. The Endicott resident is a social worker at a local middle school, a longtime youth lacrosse coach and a fitness enthusiast who typically swims three days a week, runs three days a week and … Continue reading

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On a mission to help: Doctor’s intensive-care skills help poor children with heart trouble in Peru

BY JIM HOWE A career spent caring for very sick children, plus some mechanical ingenuity, helped I. Federico Fernández Nievas, MD, when he accompanied a medical charity team to Peru. He joined about two dozen other medical professionals from around … Continue reading

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The future is now: Innovation comes from reimagining health care

BY JIM HOWE An animated cartoon that premiered in 1962 offered a whimsical glimpse of a future where science and technology made everyday tasks a breeze. Who could have predicted six decades ago that several of the advances imagined in the Jetsons’ world … Continue reading

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Breathing easier: Respiratory therapist speaks from experience

BY JIM HOWE When Amy Bradt reassures an anxious child not to be afraid of a breathing tube she is giving them, she speaks from experience. “I understand. I know what you’re going through,” she tells her patients. “I’ve been through … Continue reading

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