Category Archives: cancer

Numbers paint varied portrait of people, projects, events, history at Upstate

Words tell stories, but so can numbers. The eight below help illustrate the missions of Upstate Medical University – medical care, education and research – and reveal the institution’s dedication to the Syracuse community through charitable donations and its environmental … Continue reading

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Endoscopic surgery leaves salivary gland intact, no scars

People in need of salivary gland surgery have more options, thanks to a new ear, nose and throat surgeon on staff at Upstate. Mark Marzouk, MD, the chief of the division of head and neck oncologic surgery, is one of … Continue reading

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Romance, murder, drugs make potent mix in nurse practitioner’s fast-paced mystery novels

When Tony Cerminaro started writing his mystery series, the nurse practitioner planned to draw on his medical background in the hematology/oncology department at Upstate University Hospital. He crafted the fictional doctor Hank Milson as a main character in his first … Continue reading

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When to be concerned about bladder cancer

A medical scan of your abdomen or pelvis may reveal more than what your doctor was looking for. Some specific features of your bladder could indicate cancer, even if you have no pain, bleeding or other symptoms. A follow-up is … Continue reading

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A defensive move: Removing the ovaries before cancer develops

BY SUSAN KEETER The day my mother spiked a fever, we had no idea it was a symptom of ovarian cancer and that we would lose her just seven weeks later. Looking back, the only other possible symptom had been … Continue reading

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What you need to know about second opinions

A variety of doctors at Upstate care for patients who are diagnosed with cancer. We tapped some of them to share insights on second opinions. Here’s what they had to say: 1. You don’t need my permission to get a … Continue reading

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6 things to check before swallowing that pill

What do you do when your doctor recommends an expensive medication? Pharmacist Andrew Burgdorf from the Upstate Cancer Center offers this advice: Find out how much of the bill your health insurer will pay, so you know how much you … Continue reading

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What was hair today is gone tomorrow — to raise money to fight pediatric cancer

Several Upstate employees were among the 570 people having their heads shaved at Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub & Restaurant in Syracuse on March 1 to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital has received grants … Continue reading

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Electronic cigarette use soars among teen smokers

The use of electronic cigarettes by teens is soaring, causing concern among health experts who question the safety of the battery-powered devices and complain that they are creating a new generation of nicotine addicts. E-cigarettes create an inhalable vapor by … Continue reading

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Caring for a child who has cancer, and the siblings who do not

Psychiatrist Aliya Hafeez, MD answers a question with which many parents grapple after one child is diagnosed with cancer… Q: My middle child has been diagnosed with leukemia, so much of my energy is focused on her treatment. What can I do so … Continue reading

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