Author Archives: Amber Smith

Many options: Caregiving team considers multiple factors in managing patients with lung cancer  

BY AMBER SMITH People diagnosed with lung cancer a century ago had few options. The earliest surgical techniques, in the 1930s, involved cutting open a patient’s chest and removing an entire lung. While that is sometimes still necessary today, surgeons are … Continue reading

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Ongoing battle: Vigilance helps contain a rare, aggressive thyroid cancer

BY AMBER SMITH The man was in his mid-50s in 2011 when he sought care for enlarged lymph nodes in the back of his neck. It was thyroid cancer. Surgeons in Binghamton removed his thyroid gland, and the man received … Continue reading

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The cancer-fighting TrueBeam: A precise installation for the newest technology

BY AMBER SMITH Workers in California, Switzerland, England and Canada built the precision cancer-fighting technology that occupies Upstate Radiation Oncology at the newly renovated Oneida office. Pieces of the TrueBeam Radiotherapy System are put together only after they are all delivered … Continue reading

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Precision care: Advances in radiation therapy minimize side effects

BY AMBER SMITH The first visit with the radiation oncologist is usually where patients unload their fears. In general, people may be more familiar with the negative image of radiation and somewhat unaware of its powers to help heal. So a … Continue reading

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Riding again: He bicycles despite kidney transplant, cancer diagnosis

BY AMBER SMITH Chris Atwood of Moravia has quite a few medical issues for a man of 59, but they don’t rattle him. “I think that fixating and worrying about your health is bad for your health,” he says. Atwood … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, health care, kidney/renal/nephrology, organ donation/transplant

Three trailblazers: A look at some of Upstate’s modern medical pioneers

BY AMBER SMITH They’re friends who have mentored one another. All three have been faculty members at Upstate for decades. They’ve all earned “distinguished service professor” honors. And they’re all women. Sharon Brangman, MD, Patricia Numann, MD, and Ruth Weinstock, MD, … Continue reading

Posted in health care, health careers, history, medical education

Surgical solution: Ear specialist helps her hearing, balance problems

BY AMBER SMITH They weren’t life-threatening, but the symptoms that plagued Jolie Bower were so debilitating she had to stop working. She had a spinning sensation of vertigo and nausea that would come on without warning. Her head would feel … Continue reading

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Event on ice raises money for kids’ fund

BY AMBER SMITH A dozen curling teams, comprised of 48 novice curlers, competed in an Upstate charity invitational in November at the Utica Curling Club in Whitesboro. Upstate employees and friends created teams with names such as “Curl Power,” “The … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, fundraising, health care, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

A huge mission: Upstate scientist explores how stem cell therapy may repair brain damage from stroke or Alzheimer’s

BY AMBER SMITH Li-Ru Zhao’s father, Jintian Zhao, was in his mid-60s in 1973 when a blood clot clogged a vessel in his brain and he suffered a stroke. Doctors in China, where he lives, suggested acupuncture or physical therapy … Continue reading

Posted in Alzheimer's/dementia, brain/neurology, health care, research, stroke

Medically fragile, mentally strong: Preschooler thrives, despite cardiac and neurological problems

BY AMBER SMITH In 2013, friends of Kristy and John Cornell told the couple about a woman who gave birth to a baby girl in the Buffalo area. The baby was to be adopted, and she had health problems. The Cornells … Continue reading

Posted in allergies/asthma, cancer, health care, heart/cardiovascular, lung/pulmonary, patient story, surgery