Category Archives: cancer

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

Posted in cancer, health care, medical imaging/radiology, men's health, research, surgery, urology

To operate, or not? Treating breast cancer with less surgery

BY AMBER SMITH Most breast cancers are treated with surgery today, but that may change in the coming years, says breast surgeon Lisa Lai, MD, an assistant professor of surgery and medical director of the breast cancer program at Upstate. … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, drugs/medications/pharmacy, health care, HealthLink on Air, research, surgery, women's health/gynecology

Science Is Art: Cell division

This image is a series of cells undergoing cell division, a process where duplicated genetic material needs to be distributed to two daughter cells. A similar image was selected for the cover of the journal Current Biology in March 2016. … Continue reading

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Their team of doctors offered expertise — and hope

BY AMBER SMITH Orlando Barrera worked his whole life in construction. He was strong and relatively healthy – until May 2015, when stomach pains forced him to seek medical care. The Syracuse man underwent emergency surgery to remove his gallbladder. … Continue reading

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Operating through the nose can lead to quicker recovery

Someone with an alternately stuffy and drippy nose, ears that feel full, headache, even nosebleeds, is most likely suffering from allergies or chronic sinusitis. But tumors deep in the nose or at the base of the skull can cause those … Continue reading

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Up Close: Musicians welcome here

This photo appears on the back cover of the summer 2017 issue of Cancer Care magazine.

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Daughter, then mother, survive lung cancer

BY AMBER SMITH Both mother and daughter were diagnosed with lung nodules that turned out to be cancerous, almost by accident. They underwent the same types of tests, and then the same type of surgery followed by chemotherapy. Darlene Barbato … Continue reading

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Recipe: Broccoli, Garlic and Lemon Penne

Ingredients 1/2 pound penne pasta 5 cups broccoli florets or 1 12-ounce bag frozen broccoli florets 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 10 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth Grated zest of 1 lemon Salt and freshly ground … Continue reading

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