Category Archives: health care

New option for breast cancer treatment combines surgery with radiation

Surgeons and radiation oncologists at Upstate are teaming up to provide intraoperative radiation therapy to women with early-stage breast cancer. This allows for an intensive dose of radiation to be applied during surgery in the space where the tumor is removed. … 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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Cancer Center expansion makes way for more patients, infusion rooms

When the Upstate Cancer Center opened its doors in July 2014, only the first three floors of the five-story building were completed and occupied. The fourth and fifth floors, each about 20,000 square feet, were constructed but left empty, anticipating future Upstate … Continue reading

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Science Is Art: Close-up of a cancer cell

Cell and developmental biologists including Anushree Gulvady are studying how cancer invades and metastasizes at the cellular level. Gulvady is a doctoral student working in the laboratory of Upstate’s Christopher Turner, PhD. She works with Hic-5, a molecular scaffold that coordinates … Continue reading

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Putting heads together: Brain researchers collaborate to understand and battle dementia, addiction, schizophrenia and more

BY AMBER SMITH What do drug addiction, neurodevelopmental disorders and dementia have in common? All three disorders have origins in the brain, with causes and potential treatment methods that tend to overlap. For instance, they are all caused, at least in … Continue reading

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Yoga for all: Physical therapist adapts exercise for those with developmental disabilities

From its origins in India more than 3,000 years ago, yoga in America today has a reputation for improving flexibility, balance and muscle strength. Rebecca Alexander, who graduated from Upstate with her doctor of physical therapy degree this spring, extols … Continue reading

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How do you choose between a medical and a musical career? Find a way to do both

BY JIM McKEEVER Future Upstate medical student Kaitlyn DeHority started classes at Ithaca College as a music major. She decided to add chemistry in her second semester. Four years later, she graduated with a dual degree in music and chemistry. … Continue reading

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Interventional radiologist loves solving problems

BY AMBER SMITH In a typical day, Mitchell Karmel, MD, may take a biopsy of a liver tumor in one patient, install a port, so another patient can receive chemotherapy, and drain an abscess from deep within the abdomen of another. … Continue reading

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Clot-busting medicine saved her from stroke: Retired physician assistant knew something wasn’t right

BY JIM HOWE Eileen Rosecrants became alarmed during a phone call. “I couldn’t speak clearly,” she recalls of that evening last fall. It wasn’t that her speech was slurred. She couldn’t figure out what to say, so she abruptly hung up, … Continue reading

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