Author Archives: Amber Smith

Catching cancer early: Routine mammogram spotted technician’s breast cancer

BY AMBER SMITH In 28 years as a clinical technician at Upstate University Hospital, Kimberly White, 47, has cared for a wide variety of patients, including adults with cancer. Today she has a new appreciation for the disease, as a … Continue reading

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Leaks are a risk for prostate cancer survivors, national research shows

BY AMBER SMITH When men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, their focus becomes treatment of the cancer. The complications of incontinence and erectile dysfunction are considerations, but the priority is usually survival. Once the cancer is under control, these treatment … Continue reading

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To operate, or not? Treating breast cancer with less surgery

BY AMBER SMITH Most breast cancers are treated with surgery today, but that may change in the coming years, says breast surgeon Lisa Lai, MD, an assistant professor of surgery and medical director of the breast cancer program at Upstate. … Continue reading

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Nurses share 9 ways to help when someone is hospitalized

BY AMBER SMITH A friend or relative is hospitalized. Maybe for a few days, maybe a few weeks. You want to help. What’s the best way? We tapped the corps of nurses who care for patients throughout Upstate University Hospital … Continue reading

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Their team of doctors offered expertise — and hope

BY AMBER SMITH Orlando Barrera worked his whole life in construction. He was strong and relatively healthy – until May 2015, when stomach pains forced him to seek medical care. The Syracuse man underwent emergency surgery to remove his gallbladder. … Continue reading

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How to raise a reader: Pediatrician shares her love of books and the almost-magical benefit of reading

BY AMBER SMITH Once upon a time, there was a family with three little boys. Ari was 8, and he liked making chalk villages and playing the drums. Eli was 4, and he liked Legos and cooking. Jacob was just … Continue reading

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Fighting back: How a martial artist recovered from stroke

BY AMBER SMITH In the first days of physical therapy, when the therapist would say “great job,” it didn’t feel that way to William Bouchard. The message he heard was: “not good enough.” Recovering from stroke can feel like starting … Continue reading

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Strokes are affecting more young people

BY AMBER SMITH A growing number of young people are at risk for stroke today because so many people age 20 to 55 have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and/or obesity. These diseases increase any person’s risk for stroke, … Continue reading

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A remarkable and rapid recovery: Family called 911, got him to Upstate stroke team quickly

BY AMBER SMITH Rajeev Saini, MD, typically leaves for work in the morning and doesn’t come home until evening. He came home at lunchtime on May 18 to check on his 16-year-old daughter, who was home sick. Saini is a … Continue reading

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Daughter, then mother, survive lung cancer

BY AMBER SMITH Both mother and daughter were diagnosed with lung nodules that turned out to be cancerous, almost by accident. They underwent the same types of tests, and then the same type of surgery followed by chemotherapy. Darlene Barbato … Continue reading

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