Author Archives: Amber Smith

TURNING TEN: New leader takes helm at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

BY AMBER SMITH When he completed his medical school applications, Greg Conners didn’t just say he wanted to become a doctor. He was one of four students in his class of 100 who knew the exact specialty for which they … Continue reading

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How does your story end? 6 considerations toward the end of life

BY AMBER SMITH Gregory Eastwood, MD, is a physician and ethicist who served for many years as president of Upstate Medical University. In his new book, “Finishing Our Story: Preparing for the End of Life,” he discusses the dying process, how the … Continue reading

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Relief after reconstructive surgery: How one man had his urethral stricture repaired

BY AMBER SMITH Hemant Tandi knows other men suffer, as he did. He wants them to know how he was helped, because maybe they can be, too. For 30 years, Tandi, 58, of Endicott experienced slow, burning urination. It wasn’t until … Continue reading

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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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