Author Archives: Amber Smith

Extensive operations: Patients endure lengthy surgeries when cancer involves the face or jaw

  BY AMBER SMITH In constant pain after two root canals and months of antibiotics that were no help, Michele Giblin of Binghamton finally received a diagnosis. She had a rare cancer called adenoid cystic carcinoma. Her oral surgeon referred her … Continue reading

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After abnormal mammogram, vigilant nurse tries new combination surgery and radiation treatment for breast cancer

BY AMBER SMITH In her role as chief nursing officer at Upstate University Hospital, Nancy Page is part of the leadership team that reviews major hospital purchases. In 2017, they gave the go-ahead for intraoperative radiation therapy equipment, which would … Continue reading

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Baffled? This pathologist helps you make sense of your pathology report

By AMBER SMITH Like many women who are diagnosed with breast cancer, Amanda Gilmore of Phoenix struggled with the new knowledge that her body contained cancerous cells that she could neither see nor feel. She read her pathology reports, but … Continue reading

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Summer camps for kids with cancer: A chance to let them savor nature

BY AMBER SMITH Summer camp means days full of swimming, hiking and s’mores, but for kids affected by cancer, it can provide more than fun memories. Camp organizers say sleepover camps for youth with serious illnesses provide a break from a routine that … Continue reading

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 A historical look at 5 popular heart medications: Are you taking any of them?

BY AMBER SMITH Some of the newer cardiac drugs were chemically designed in laboratories before going through years of expensive clinical trials and eventually gaining approval from the Food and Drug Administration. Some of the older drugs, which are still … Continue reading

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Adventures with Phred: Stem cell transplant resets body’s immune system

BY AMBER SMITH Doug Reicher, 65, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia last summer. His treatment at Upstate University Hospital began with intravenous chemotherapy, which meant he would need to be connected to a device on an IV pole that would … Continue reading

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 How the Upstate pharmacy saved him $20,537.14

BY AMBER SMITH He went through a series of imaging tests, looking for an explanation for the pains in his stomach. After all the scans were complete, doctors delivered the news to Reginald Sanford of Syracuse. He had cancer in … Continue reading

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A nonsurgical way to treat knee osteoarthritis

BY AMBER SMITH People with chronic knee pain may seek relief from physical therapy. They may try over-the-counter pain relievers, prescription painkillers or steroid injections. A doctor at Upstate now offers another choice for people who are unwilling or unable … Continue reading

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Back on the pitch – after back surgery

BY AMBER SMITH For weeks, Kendall Discenza didn’t know what was wrong. The pain in her lower back became crippling, and she was left sobbing.  Surgery brought relief. Discenza underwent a microdiscectomy at Upstate University Hospital. Lawrence Chin, MD, who leads the … Continue reading

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Making the most of her rehabilitation: After a stroke, she’s motivated to live a healthier life

BY AMBER SMITH Melissa Meloling can walk, if she keeps an eye on her feet, so she doesn’t trip. She learned how to tell time again. She’s relearning how to fix her hair, although assembling a ponytail is still tricky. … Continue reading

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