Author Archives: Amber Smith

Consider checking newly diagnosed diabetics for pancreatic cancer

BY AMBER SMITH One of the reasons pancreatic cancer is so deadly is because early symptoms are so vague. “The majority of cases are diagnosed at an advanced, incurable stage,” a team of Upstate doctors writes in the American Journal … Continue reading

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Facing a crisis: Meet the Upstate experts working  to solve the opioid epidemic

The opioid epidemic is fueled both by the abuse of street drugs such as heroin and the addiction to prescription painkillers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says prescription opioids contribute to 40 percent of all opioid overdose deaths in the United … Continue reading

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Different types of aneurysms call for different types of repairs

BY AMBER SMITH When a blood vessel weakens, a balloonlike dilation called an aneurysm sometimes develops. This happens most often in the abdominal section of the aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body. If an abdominal aortic aneurysm ruptures, … Continue reading

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Want to go to medical school – as a ‘patient’?

BY AMBER SMITH One way future doctors and other health care providers learn is by practicing on people who pretend to be patients. Upstate Medical University has a corps of paid “standardized patients” who are trained to portray certain medical … Continue reading

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Things to think about before you buy a home genetic test kit

    BY AMBER SMITH If you’re intrigued by offers of direct-to-consumer medical genetic testing, Robert Roger Lebel, MD, director of medical genetics at Upstate, offers something to consider. Let’s say you come from a family with many members who have had … Continue reading

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‘A perfect example of why we became doctors’: Survival depended on a medical team, skillful surgery and a patient’s will to live

BY AMBER SMITH Pat Graham of Lansing wasn’t feeling well the evening of Aug. 31, 2017. A self-described borderline diabetic, he asked his wife to bring a glucose test kit when she came home from her job at Rite-Aid. By … Continue reading

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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

Posted in cancer, digestive/gastrointestinal, health care, prevention/preventive medicine

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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