Author Archives: Amber Smith

Do you always need chemotherapy for breast cancer?

Oncologist explains research that informs, personalizes treatment options for women BY AMBER SMITH Results of an international study — which includes some Central New York women who are patients at Upstate — are helping oncologists determine which breast cancer patients … Continue reading

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Will immunotherapy work for your cancer?

BY AMBER SMITH Our immune system fights off colds. Why not cancer? “Cancers develop mechanisms to get around the immune system,” explains Stephen Graziano, MD, chief of hematology/oncology at Upstate. “They express a protein on their surface which basically paralyzes … Continue reading

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Harnessing his immune system to fight cancer

BY AMBER SMITH The tumors near Eugene Young’s liver turned up by chance. At the age of 67, he was dealing with symptoms of acid reflux. Thinking he may have a problem with his gallbladder, Young’s doctor sent him for an … Continue reading

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Putting heads together: Brain researchers collaborate to understand and battle dementia, addiction, schizophrenia and more

BY AMBER SMITH What do drug addiction, neurodevelopmental disorders and dementia have in common? All three disorders have origins in the brain, with causes and potential treatment methods that tend to overlap. For instance, they are all caused, at least in … Continue reading

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Interventional radiologist loves solving problems

BY AMBER SMITH In a typical day, Mitchell Karmel, MD, may take a biopsy of a liver tumor in one patient, install a port, so another patient can receive chemotherapy, and drain an abscess from deep within the abdomen of another. … Continue reading

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How to save someone from an opioid overdose

BY AMBER SMITH In preparation Purchase naloxone (trade name, Narcan), available without a prescription in New York pharmacies. Keep it with you, but do not store it in extreme temperatures (such as a car glove box), which can damage the … Continue reading

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A small box that saves lives: Fayetteville man recovers from infection, thanks to ECMO machine

BY AMBER SMITH Robert Crain, 47, awoke on Jan. 8 from a medically induced coma. Slowly he pulled together memories from three months before. The Fayetteville podiatrist had a nagging cough in early October. When he began feeling short of … Continue reading

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1 weekend sees 4 organ donors improve lives of 12 people

BY AMBER SMITH One busy weekend in April saw the Upstate transplant team caring for four patients who made the decision to donate their organs upon death. In all, 12 people received lifesaving organ transplants thanks to the four donors. Each of the … Continue reading

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 Complete and complex: More cancer patients benefit from molecular diagnostics

BY AMBER SMITH We are used to differentiating cancers by where they were discovered: breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer. Cancer doctors and scientists today are starting to label cancers based on their genetic makeup — and that’s only the beginning … Continue reading

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The talcum powder – ovarian cancer connection

BY AMBER SMITH Talcum powder may increase by about 20 percent a woman’s risk for developing ovarian cancer. Chemicals in the powder, which some women use in the genital area to promote dryness, can ascend through the vagina into the … Continue reading

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