Category Archives: Health Link on Air

How palliative care brings comfort to suffering patients, families

BY JIM HOWE A doctor hangs her head. A patient loses hope. Medicines haven’t worked. Surgery is not an option. Frustration, fright, even anger fills the air. That’s often the type of situation nurse practitioner Susan Shaw encounters. “My goal … Continue reading

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Why you should take pain control seriously

Pain can be a significant part of the cancer experience for many patients, some of whom are reluctant to take prescription opioids. Some patients fear becoming addicted to medications such as morphine or are concerned about common side effects such … Continue reading

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Understanding clues to the seriousness of prostate cancer

Staging and grading help both patients and doctors understand the severity of prostate cancer. “Both staging and grading aim to predict the cancer’s behavior, and, on the basis of that, also define treatment,” explained Gustavo de la Roza, MD, director … Continue reading

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6 ways a dietitian can help with cancer treatment

Registered dietitians play an important role in cancer care. The Upstate Cancer Center’s Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Maria Erdman gives six examples: * Patients in treatment for cancer do better when they are well nourished. Erdman said, “a well-nourished patient will … Continue reading

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Program shows teens that distracted driving can be deadly

Cellphones, alcohol or drug use, passenger conversation and the car radio are the most common distractions for teen drivers, said Kim Nasby, RN, the Upstate Trauma Center’s injury prevention coordinator and an instructor in the Let’s Not Meet by Accident … Continue reading

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Upstate doctor helps his native Nepal to heal, rebuild after disastrous earthquake

After dispensing medical care and supplies in the aftermath of the April 25 earthquake in his native Nepal, Upstate hospitalist Dinesh Subedi, MD, is focusing on rebuilding. The disaster killed more than 9,000 people and left nearly 3 million homeless. … Continue reading

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Romance, murder, drugs make potent mix in nurse practitioner’s fast-paced mystery novels

When Tony Cerminaro started writing his mystery series, the nurse practitioner planned to draw on his medical background in the hematology/oncology department at Upstate University Hospital. He crafted the fictional doctor Hank Milson as a main character in his first … Continue reading

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Tips for understanding melanoma

Melanoma is one of the most aggressive forms of skin cancer and the leading cause of death from skin disease, killing an estimated 10,000 people in the United States each year. Melanomas often resemble moles; some develop from moles. If … Continue reading

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Why physical therapy may be part of cancer care

Cancer and its treatments can leave patients feeling nauseated, tired and out of condition, but research shows that exercise during treatment can help them feel better and function better. “The goal of physical therapy is to assist the patient with … Continue reading

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How to choose the right sunscreen

You can buy sunscreens with SPFs higher than 30, but you don’t need a higher sun protection factor to protect your skin from the sun and ultraviolet radiation, according to Ramsay Farah, MD, the division chief of dermatology at Upstate. … Continue reading

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