Category Archives: community

Meth lab dangers: Exposure can cause lasting effects

BY AMBER SMITH Rescuers whose jobs take them to clandestine methamphetamine labs risk exposure to chemicals that can cause what appears to be permanent damage to their memory-making ability. Specialists in anesthesiology and neurology at Upstate Medical University tell about … Continue reading

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Safe houses: 11 things emergency doctors ban from their homes

BY AMBER SMITH Doctors at Upstate University Hospital’s emergency department are on the front lines of the mayhem and mishaps that befall young Central New Yorkers. They care for people with every imaginable injury or illness at their workplace, the … Continue reading

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Quick call to 911, prompt response and fast flight to Upstate stroke center helped save the life of Larry Deshaw

Tuesday afternoons are usually when Nancy Humphrey golfs. But she was still home a little after 4 p.m. on July 19 because that day’s tournament didn’t start until 5 p.m., and the Clayton Country Club is only about a quarter … Continue reading

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How can you help patients at Upstate?

Some of the best gifts for a person facing a medical crisis are simple, with a “thinking of you” message, and many Central New Yorkers with giving spirits make such donations to Upstate University Hospital. If you would like to … Continue reading

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Surviving cancer, celebrating life

Thanks to early detection, treatment and follow-up care, more people than ever before are living with a history of cancer. They are survivors with a shared experience. In addition to physical side effects that may linger, survivors often struggle emotionally … Continue reading

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‘In good hands’: Patient appreciates Cancer Center’s energized staff, warm, vibrant surroundings

BY AMBER SMITH When Carl Pesko is at the Upstate Cancer Center for treatment, he receives chemotherapy for eight to 10 hours the first day, and then two to three hours the next. He has had plenty of opportunity to … Continue reading

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She’s resilient: 11-year-old faces Ewing sarcoma

BY AMBER SMITH Maddie Shaw is covered with a plush purple blanket. She grasps an iPad Mini, on which she quietly battles digital zombies, while the last of her chemotherapy flows into her arm. It’s a Friday at the end … Continue reading

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Quality or quantity? Serious illness prompts serious discussion

BY AMBER SMITH Some doctors are reluctant to recommend palliative care, particularly for patients who are younger than 65 and dealing with a serious illness. The shift from lifesaving treatment to comfort care may seem like admitting the futility of … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, community, death/dying, grief/loss, health care, HealthLink on Air, illness, research

Early detection of cancer appears to improve survival odds

While the incidence of cancer is rising, death rates are dropping, presumably because of improvements in screening that allow for earlier detection and improvements in cancer treatment options. This chart shows the rate, per 100,000 people living in Onondaga County, … Continue reading

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Marking milestones: Patients invited to ring bell in celebration

When a bell rings in the Upstate Cancer Center, everyone within earshot cheers. The sound of a ringing bell means that a patient has finished treatment or reached a milestone. “Staff members gather around to watch the patient ringing the … Continue reading

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