Author Archives: Amber Smith

How much do existing medical problems impact lung cancer?

  BY AMBER SMITH When people are diagnosed with lung cancer, they usually ask about survival odds. Doctors have used calculation methods that take into account the patient’s other diseases, known as comorbidities. A cancer expert at Upstate suggests those calculations … Continue reading

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What might $50,000 help discover?

  BY AMBER SMITH Scientists think big, and long term. They measure progress incrementally, knowing that solutions are often years, decades, centuries in the making. Such dedication can bring society closer to finding cures for cancer, ways to prevent the … Continue reading

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Coping with mouth sores from cancer treatment

  BY AMBER SMITH What they are: Mouth sores that develop during chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment are called “oral mucositis.” They look like burns. Often they appear on the inside lining of the mouth or lips. You may notice them … Continue reading

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Installing a port and a feeding tube at the same time makes sense for some patients – and it’s safe, study shows

BY AMBER SMITH Most patients with head and neck cancer require the installation of a port, and many will also need a feeding tube. “For the patient’s convenience, placing both devices at the same time would be ideal,” says Katsuhiro … Continue reading

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Lung cancer vigil celebrates survivors, memorializes the departed

Caregivers and patients gathered at the Upstate Cancer Center Thursday, on the evening of the Great American Smokeout, for a candlelight vigil calling attention to lung cancer. “Even though everybody’s heard of it, a lot of people don’t realize that … Continue reading

Posted in addiction, cancer, community, lung/pulmonary

Renewed lives: Pancreas transplants mean patients with diabetes can skip insulin injections

BY AMBER SMITH Patrick Nolan, 52, remembers spending his 11th birthday at Upstate University Hospital with a new diagnosis of diabetes. The Syracuse native lived with the disease for 41 years, routinely checking his blood sugar and injecting insulin up … Continue reading

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A kidney unites them: Facebook connects Upstate nurse with woman needing a kidney transplant

BY AMBER SMITH As Jody Adams scrolled through Facebook in January, one post stuck with her. It was written from the point of view of a baby boy named Carter, seeking someone to donate a kidney to his ailing mother. … Continue reading

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13 things I learned from the fall issue of Upstate Health

The pages of the fall 2016 Upstate Health magazine are loaded with important information and a few surprises. If you’re not on our mailing list, you should be. Send an email with your name and mailing address to magazine@upstate.edu with “Upstate … Continue reading

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Meth lab dangers: Exposure can cause lasting effects

BY AMBER SMITH Rescuers whose jobs take them to clandestine methamphetamine labs risk exposure to chemicals that can cause what appears to be permanent damage to their memory-making ability. Specialists in anesthesiology and neurology at Upstate Medical University tell about … Continue reading

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Safe houses: 11 things emergency doctors ban from their homes

BY AMBER SMITH Doctors at Upstate University Hospital’s emergency department are on the front lines of the mayhem and mishaps that befall young Central New Yorkers. They care for people with every imaginable injury or illness at their workplace, the … Continue reading

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