Category Archives: bioethics & humanities

Have you seen the summer issue of Cancer Care magazine?

Welcome to Cancer Care magazine’s summer 2016 issue. Medical student Ogochukwu Ezeoke, smiling from our cover, aspires to a career in cancer research, and like many scientists she’s intrigued with the idea of using a patient’s immune system to fight … Continue reading

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Memoir focuses on race and medicine

BY SUSAN KEETER In “Black Man in a White Coat,” Damon Tweedy, MD, uses memoir to grapple with the evidence that, in his words, “being black is bad for your health,” shorthand for the fact that many diseases are more … Continue reading

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In this Upstate classroom, se habla español

BY JIM HOWE Si nadie entiende mi lengua en el hospital, ¿cómo van a entender mis problemas médicos? If you had trouble understanding that first sentence, you can probably sympathize with a Spanish speaker who might say it. It means, … Continue reading

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A sculptor shares her life history

BY JOEL POTASH, MD On the back wall of Upstate University Hospital’s lobby is a bronze plaque memorializing the Syracuse Dispensary. It was created in 1964 by the artist Dorothy Riester. As she neared her 99th birthday last fall, Riester … Continue reading

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What you think you know about the importance of touch is probably incorrect

  BY JIM HOWE As someone who has spent years caring for cancer patients, Upstate nurse practitioner Katherine “Kitty” Leonard figured that most chemotherapy patients would appreciate a gentle touch during treatment and fear being touched during invasive procedures, such … Continue reading

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Measuring, treating a patient’s distress is part of shift in attitudes

Years ago, people believed a cancer diagnosis meant death. They were so ashamed of the disease that its name was mentioned only in whispers. Fast-forward 50 years. “Most people today say, ‘Well, I think maybe I’m going to be OK’ … Continue reading

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How palliative care brings comfort to suffering patients, families

BY JIM HOWE A doctor hangs her head. A patient loses hope. Medicines haven’t worked. Surgery is not an option. Frustration, fright, even anger fills the air. That’s often the type of situation nurse practitioner Susan Shaw encounters. “My goal … Continue reading

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Meet writers, artists from this year’s ‘Healing Muse’ literary journal

Writers and artists whose work appears on the pages of this year’s double issue of ‘The Healing Muse” literary journal will appear at a launch party Wednesday, Oct. 14. Copies of the publication will be available for sale at the … Continue reading

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Here’s the summer Upstate Health magazine

Summer for many Central New Yorkers means getting outdoors, whether at amusement parks, on lakes or beaches, or in back yards. The summer issue of Upstate Health magazine features two nurses who kayak every chance they get. We also look … Continue reading

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Your health care proxy is a gift to your loved ones

BY TIMOTHY CREAMER, MD  I sat with my father on a cool early summer afternoon. I forget what we were chatting about specifically, though probably it was something financial. That was his expertise. The conversation drifted, and we sat silently … Continue reading

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