Category Archives: health care

3 reasons your doctor might recommend robotic surgery

BY LEAH CALDWELL Depending on the type of cancer and its stage, your care plan may include surgery. Robotic surgery is one type of minimally invasive surgery. The surgeon uses a flexible scope with a camera and blade and views … Continue reading

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A new home, a difficult diagnosis

BY SUSAN KEETER Fahima Farah was 2 when her mother, Khadra Warsame, brought her to Upstate’s emergency department for stomach pain. A CT scan of her belly showed a mass. Six years earlier, her family — who are Somali — … Continue reading

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Catching it early: Breast cancer high-risk program follows patients at increased risk  

BY AMBER SMITH Both her grandmother and mother had breast cancer, so Jordan Bruna of Skaneateles began breast cancer screening at the age of 30. She joined Upstate’s Breast Cancer High Risk Program and followed a schedule of mammograms, ultrasounds, … Continue reading

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Meet the ‘magic man’: Surgeon’s demeanor, outlook help patient beat slim odds

BY AMBER SMITH Melanoma of the rectum is rare and aggressive, and its prognosis is poor. The majority of people with the diagnosis don’t survive more than 24 months. To Jeri Bem, MD, that’s no reason to give up. A … Continue reading

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How to make your first appointment at the Upstate Cancer Center

Requesting an appointment with the experts at the Upstate Cancer Center is easy. Our team of board-certified physicians and oncology-certified nurses and technicians is prepared to offer timely appointments, second opinions, screening tests and personalized treatment plans. To make your first appointment, either … Continue reading

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Science is art: A rodent’s mammary gland, up close

This image is a miniaturized and simplified version of a mouse mammary gland grown in the laboratory — which may hold clues to how a normal breast develops. From the Upstate laboratory of cell and developmental biologist Christopher Turner, PhD, doctoral student Weiyi Xu studies a protein … Continue reading

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Calming kids with teddy bears

Glenda Stowell and her husband, Fred, donated 10 teddy bears to the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in 2011. After they retired, they wanted a new way to spend their time, and they liked the idea that the stuffed animals would … Continue reading

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The oath physicians take: Comparing what new medical school graduates promise

BY AMBER SMITH Although new doctors are not required to take an oath, medical students graduating from Upstate Medical University have traditionally recited a version of the Hippocratic oath, which was written around 400 BC and attributed to the Greek physician … Continue reading

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10 days in Ghana: Upstate volunteers help build community in Africa

BY SUSAN KEETER Near the end of an 11-hour flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, we finally see Ghana out the plane’s windows: saffron-colored earth and lush green foliage dotted with bright blue and pastel pink buildings. … Continue reading

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The halls are alive with the sound of music

BY JIM HOWE Some volunteers are bringing live music — and, they hope, a smile — to patients and staff at Upstate University Hospital. The Music at Upstate group includes strolling violinists and a guitar and vocal duo who play in the … Continue reading

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