Author Archives: upstatenews

Recipe: Roasted Vegetable Dip

Healthy dips like this one are good for sharing – and surrounding yourself with friends and family can help lift your spirits, says Kris Ghosh, MD, author of the “Betty Crocker Living With Cancer Cookbook.” This particular dip is high … Continue reading

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He’s grateful for ‘fantastic job’ by his surgeon; she celebrates end of her chemo

When Patrick Mohr, managing partner of Eastwood Litho Inc., oversaw the printing of the first issue of Upstate’s Cancer Care magazine, he did not expect to be featured on its pages. But in December 2015, Mohr was treated for thyroid … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, ear, nose and throat/otolaryngology, medical imaging/radiology, surgery

She brings music to her fellow patients

Singer/songwriter — and cancer patient – Melissa Clark, 68, of Hamilton is among the musicians who are scheduled to perform in the lobby of the Upstate Cancer Center. She plays a variety of folk songs, including one she wrote called “Heart of … Continue reading

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Grant money fuels cancer research

Mira Krendel, PhD, associate professor of cell and developmental biology, and Juntao Luo, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology, each received $360,000 grants from New York state to further their research into breast cancer treatments. Krendel is exploring how a particular … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, health care, pathology, research

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

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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

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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

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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