Author Archives: Amber Smith

Mind-set to thrive optimizes quality of life

BY AMBER SMITH A cancer diagnosis can produce stress, no doubt. How a person responds to that stress impacts his or her quality of life. Family medicine doctor Kaushal Nanavati, MD, is medical director of integrative therapy at Upstate. He … Continue reading

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National media featuring Lola Muñoz raise attention for deadly brain cancer

BY AMBER SMITH Photographs of a 12-year-old patient of Melanie Comito, MD, accompanied recent stories in the Washington Post and National Geographic magazine. Lola Muñoz lived for 19 months after her diagnosis with a deadly brain cancer called DIPG, diffuse intrinsic … Continue reading

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How to protect yourself from colorectal cancer

                BY AMBER SMITH Colorectal cancer kills some 50,000 men and women in America every year. The death rate could decrease by 90 percent, says Jiri Bem, MD, medical director of Upstate’s colorectal oncology … Continue reading

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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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