Category Archives: cancer

Up Close: Breast imaging

Radiologist Amina Akhtar, MD, works from a bank of monitors to analyze mammography images at the Wellspring Breast Care Center at Upstate University Hospital’s Community campus. The center offers routine screening and diagnostic mammograms, ultrasound, tomosynthesis and breast magnetic resonance … Continue reading

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5 ways to cope with nausea and vomiting

Here are some tips to deal with the nausea and vomiting, provided by Maria Erdman, the Upstate Cancer Center’s registered dietitian nutritionist: — Eat small, frequent meals. — Avoid unpleasant odors. — Avoid foods that are hot, spicy and strong-smelling … Continue reading

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Cows for cancer: Grateful granddaughter raises livestock to brighten patients’ days

Thomas Elwood lived his whole life on his farm in the village of Walton, in New York’s Southern Tier, with steers, pigs and chickens. He was retired from Breakstone, the local creamery, where he worked for 45 years. He beamed … Continue reading

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Will this tumor cause trouble? Need treatment? Researcher seeks answers in gene he discovered

BY AMBER SMITH Ever since he discovered a gene that causes prostate cancer 20 years ago, Upstate cancer researcher Leszek Kotula, MD, PhD, has focused on understanding the mysteries of the cancer that, besides skin cancer, is most common in … Continue reading

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73-mile trip for breast care is worth it to her

BY AMBER SMITH Laurie Gildea’s husband, Kevin does the research. She goes with her gut. So when a routine mammogram in May 2017 found a suspicious lesion, and when a subsequent biopsy revealed breast cancer, Gildea suddenly needed a surgeon … Continue reading

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Catching cancer early: Routine mammogram spotted technician’s breast cancer

BY AMBER SMITH In 28 years as a clinical technician at Upstate University Hospital, Kimberly White, 47, has cared for a wide variety of patients, including adults with cancer. Today she has a new appreciation for the disease, as a … Continue reading

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Kidney cancer survivor says: Don’t ignore possible symptoms

BY JIM HOWE Cancer survivor Alf Jacques has a message for people who notice unusual or troubling health symptoms. “Get tested.” The famed maker of traditional wooden lacrosse sticks noticed blood in his urine in June 2016 and quickly had … Continue reading

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Physical feats: Despite cancer, these patients focus on accomplishing goals

Jim Waters, 56, of Auburn Diagnosis: Colon cancer that has spread to liver. Treatment: Surgery in June 2016, plus chemotherapy. Care team: From medical oncology, Adham Jurdi, MD, and Ibrahim Thabet, NP; surgeon Carl Weiss, MD, PhD; wife/caregiver of 25 … Continue reading

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Meet the cancer care team at Upstate

A team approach to cancer treatment means a patient has more than one doctor taking care of him or her, plus additional medical experts focusing on specialized aspects of care. Here are some of the typical team members at the … Continue reading

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Leaks are a risk for prostate cancer survivors, national research shows

BY AMBER SMITH When men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, their focus becomes treatment of the cancer. The complications of incontinence and erectile dysfunction are considerations, but the priority is usually survival. Once the cancer is under control, these treatment … Continue reading

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