Category Archives: health care

What to do if a kid swallows a coin

You would think that this would be all figured out by now, because it’s a pretty common thing for a kid to swallow a penny,” says Gregory Conners, MD, executive director of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. His first three research … Continue reading

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One nurse’s passions: He’s dedicated to patients in the recovery room and customers at his restaurant

BY JIM HOWE You can find him caring for patients as they wake up after surgery. You can also find him supervising a Vietnamese restaurant near Liverpool. Thanh Nguyen (pronounced tonn wenn), says he loves working as a nurse in … Continue reading

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TOP cancer-care program turns 20

Thoracic Oncology Program relies on team care Upstate’s Thoracic Oncology Program (TOP) is marking its 20-year anniversary. TOP follows a “multidisciplinary” team approach. Specialists from multiple disciplines make up the team, which collaborates on the care of individual thoracic and … Continue reading

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Up close: Meet DIANA

This is the device that helps the pharmacy team in the Upstate Cancer Center mix chemotherapy medications for individual patients. The product name “DIANA” is a tribute to the ICU Medical founder and CEO’s wife, Diana Kostyra Lopez, MD, whose … Continue reading

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‘We are your neighbors’: Money raised for pediatric cancer helps kids here in Central New York

BY EMILY KULKUS Everywhere we go, Archie makes a new friend. He’s quick to smile and always chatty — not to mention pretty darn cute. So lately, lots of people stop to talk to us. Mostly him. They tell me how cute … Continue reading

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Tackling a disease: SU offensive lineman keeps rare disorder in check with infusions at Upstate

BY JIM HOWE He’s 6 foot 4, weighs nearly 300 pounds and plays football for Syracuse University. And, about every three weeks, Sam Heckel settles in for 12 to 16 hours of infusion treatment at Upstate to deal with a … Continue reading

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Quests to outsmart cancer: 5 research projects underway at Upstate

  BY AMBER SMITH Of the 268,600 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in America this year, 90 percent will live for at least another five years. Breast cancer is survivable, especially when it’s caught early, but it … Continue reading

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Help for eating with a sore mouth, plus a recipe

BY AMBER SMITH Cancer treatment can harm the fast-growing cells in the lining of your mouth and lips. You may develop little cuts or ulcers in your mouth, or tender gums, which will most likely feel better once treatment ends. Here are some … Continue reading

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She’s beating the odds, thanks to her ‘tenderhearted’ oncologist

BY SUSAN KEETER On an August day, Kathi Tamer and her cousins were making Lebanese string cheese. The process involves kneading hot cheese curd into braids and rolling them in caraway seeds. While they cooked, they talked about oncologist Stephen Graziano, MD, … Continue reading

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A difficult diagnosis: Psychiatrist with cancer shares his coping strategies

BY AMBER SMITH First of all, being a psychiatrist himself hasn’t been that helpful with his diagnosis. “I’m a human being first, and I experience emotions after a life-altering diagnosis just like anybody else,” Adam Stern, MD, explains. “Often, I know what I … Continue reading

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