Category Archives: drugs/medications/pharmacy

National media featuring Lola Muñoz raise attention for deadly brain cancer

BY AMBER SMITH Photographs of a 12-year-old patient of Melanie Comito, MD, accompanied recent stories in the Washington Post and National Geographic magazine. Lola Muñoz lived for 19 months after her diagnosis with a deadly brain cancer called DIPG, diffuse intrinsic … Continue reading

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Giving hope to youth affected by cancer

BY SUSAN KEETER Charlie Poole, 16, went hiking in Highland Forest last spring. It was an accomplishment for a young man who, 26 months earlier, was diagnosed with a brain tumor that left him with weakness in the right side … Continue reading

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Do you always need chemotherapy for breast cancer?

Oncologist explains research that informs, personalizes treatment options for women BY AMBER SMITH Results of an international study — which includes some Central New York women who are patients at Upstate — are helping oncologists determine which breast cancer patients … Continue reading

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Will immunotherapy work for your cancer?

BY AMBER SMITH Our immune system fights off colds. Why not cancer? “Cancers develop mechanisms to get around the immune system,” explains Stephen Graziano, MD, chief of hematology/oncology at Upstate. “They express a protein on their surface which basically paralyzes … Continue reading

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Harnessing his immune system to fight cancer

BY AMBER SMITH The tumors near Eugene Young’s liver turned up by chance. At the age of 67, he was dealing with symptoms of acid reflux. Thinking he may have a problem with his gallbladder, Young’s doctor sent him for an … Continue reading

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How to save someone from an opioid overdose

BY AMBER SMITH In preparation Purchase naloxone (trade name, Narcan), available without a prescription in New York pharmacies. Keep it with you, but do not store it in extreme temperatures (such as a car glove box), which can damage the … Continue reading

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New in-house pharmacy open to patients, public

No need to stop at the pharmacy after you’re discharged from your stay at Upstate University Hospital. A new outpatient pharmacy near the lobby offers a “meds to beds” service that delivers take-home prescriptions to patients at the bedside before … Continue reading

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 Complete and complex: More cancer patients benefit from molecular diagnostics

BY AMBER SMITH We are used to differentiating cancers by where they were discovered: breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer. Cancer doctors and scientists today are starting to label cancers based on their genetic makeup — and that’s only the beginning … Continue reading

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Helping a patient navigate through cancer’s challenges

Palliative care team helps Sandra Floyd reach the treatment goals she set for herself BY JIM HOWE “There are a lot of ups and downs when you’ve got cancer, a lot of wind in your sails, then the wind stops,” … Continue reading

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Ongoing battle: Vigilance helps contain a rare, aggressive thyroid cancer

BY AMBER SMITH The man was in his mid-50s in 2011 when he sought care for enlarged lymph nodes in the back of his neck. It was thyroid cancer. Surgeons in Binghamton removed his thyroid gland, and the man received … Continue reading

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