Category Archives: health care

St. Baldrick’s money to boost clinical trials

Upstate is one of 39 institutions nationwide selected to share $2.2 million in grant money from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to advance patient access to clinical trials. Having access to clinical trials is vital to the treatment of childhood cancers. … Continue reading

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Many options: Caregiving team considers multiple factors in managing patients with lung cancer  

BY AMBER SMITH People diagnosed with lung cancer a century ago had few options. The earliest surgical techniques, in the 1930s, involved cutting open a patient’s chest and removing an entire lung. While that is sometimes still necessary today, surgeons are … 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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The cancer-fighting TrueBeam: A precise installation for the newest technology

BY AMBER SMITH Workers in California, Switzerland, England and Canada built the precision cancer-fighting technology that occupies Upstate Radiation Oncology at the newly renovated Oneida office. Pieces of the TrueBeam Radiotherapy System are put together only after they are all delivered … Continue reading

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Precision care: Advances in radiation therapy minimize side effects

BY AMBER SMITH The first visit with the radiation oncologist is usually where patients unload their fears. In general, people may be more familiar with the negative image of radiation and somewhat unaware of its powers to help heal. So a … Continue reading

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Riding again: He bicycles despite kidney transplant, cancer diagnosis

BY AMBER SMITH Chris Atwood of Moravia has quite a few medical issues for a man of 59, but they don’t rattle him. “I think that fixating and worrying about your health is bad for your health,” he says. Atwood … Continue reading

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What’s on the horizon regarding breast cancer treatment?

Medical providers at academic medical centers regularly attend lectures by experts Preventing breast cancer recurrence and preserving the breast after surgery were topics addressed recently in two research lectures at Upstate sponsored by the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research … Continue reading

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Science Is Art: Prostate cancer cells under the microscope

If doctors could tell which tumors would remain indolent and which would become invasive, they could better treat men with prostate cancer. About 3 percent of men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer have an aggressive type, shown in the … Continue reading

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Keeping care focused on family and kids

The Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital has a Family Advisory Council, which periodically seeks to add new members. This group meets monthly from September to June. It has recently assisted in creating a new visitation policy for the pediatric cancer clinic, given … Continue reading

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Talent and imagination: Teen artist spends chemotherapy time drawing original characters

BY SUSAN KEETER A new sketchbook was the perfect gift for Julia Nguyen on Sept. 13, the day she was diagnosed with primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma. Over the summer, around her 16th birthday, Nguyen developed swelling in her face and felt … Continue reading

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