Author Archives: Amber Smith

 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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Seven things your radiation oncologist wants you to know

BY AMBER SMITH Linda Schicker, MD, an assistant professor of radiation oncology at Upstate, tells what to expect when you face radiation therapy. She sees many of her patients at the Upstate Cancer Center’s radiation oncology office in Oneida, at … Continue reading

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Should weight loss be part of breast cancer treatment?

BY AMBER SMITH An obese woman with breast cancer is at increased risk for recurrence, compared with healthy-weight patients. Researchers want to know whether she can reduce her risk of recurrence by losing weight. Central New Yorkers can help find … Continue reading

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What to do about depression when battling cancer

BY AMBER SMITH Along with a diagnosis of cancer, people commonly experience bouts of sadness. Two or three out of 10 may develop depression. Others may experience a grief reaction with symptoms like those of depression but that come and go. … Continue reading

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An expert’s suggestions for getting proper sleep

BY AMBER SMITH The specter of cancer, the intricacies of treatment and the side effects can create enormous stress — which can lead to nights spent tossing and turning instead of sleeping. If that describes you, or someone you love, … Continue reading

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