Category Archives: HealthLink on Air

Extensive operations: Patients endure lengthy surgeries when cancer involves the face or jaw

  BY AMBER SMITH In constant pain after two root canals and months of antibiotics that were no help, Michele Giblin of Binghamton finally received a diagnosis. She had a rare cancer called adenoid cystic carcinoma. Her oral surgeon referred her … Continue reading

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After abnormal mammogram, vigilant nurse tries new combination surgery and radiation treatment for breast cancer

BY AMBER SMITH In her role as chief nursing officer at Upstate University Hospital, Nancy Page is part of the leadership team that reviews major hospital purchases. In 2017, they gave the go-ahead for intraoperative radiation therapy equipment, which would … Continue reading

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Baffled? This pathologist helps you make sense of your pathology report

By AMBER SMITH Like many women who are diagnosed with breast cancer, Amanda Gilmore of Phoenix struggled with the new knowledge that her body contained cancerous cells that she could neither see nor feel. She read her pathology reports, but … Continue reading

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A nonsurgical way to treat knee osteoarthritis

BY AMBER SMITH People with chronic knee pain may seek relief from physical therapy. They may try over-the-counter pain relievers, prescription painkillers or steroid injections. A doctor at Upstate now offers another choice for people who are unwilling or unable … Continue reading

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Working the streets: Upstate physician provides medical care to the homeless

BY AMBER SMITH David Lehmann, MD, was focused on how best to provide medical care to the homeless. He was aware of 60 “street medicine” programs around the world, most based at academic medical centers. He was intent on launching … Continue reading

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Stroke patients can beat risk for depression

BY JIM HOWE At least a third of people who have a stroke become depressed or show some symptoms of depression, according to an expert who often treats such patients. It’s called post-stroke depression, explains rehabilitation psychologist Michelle Woogen, PsyD, … Continue reading

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Up close: A peek at laboratory analysis

BY CHARLES McCHESNEY Pneumatic tubes whisk blood samples to the new Core Laboratory on the fifth floor of the Upstate Cancer Center, where two Roche cobas 8000 analyzers stand, whirring quietly. The machines test hundreds of blood samples each day … Continue reading

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Seven things your radiation oncologist wants you to know

BY AMBER SMITH Linda Schicker, MD, an assistant professor of radiation oncology at Upstate, tells what to expect when you face radiation therapy. She sees many of her patients at the Upstate Cancer Center’s radiation oncology office in Oneida, at … Continue reading

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Questions on the body’s water needs; immunotherapy drugs; suicide prevention; back pain — answered by Upstate’s experts

Q: How can I help someone who may be suicidal? A: “There are things you can look for. What you see leading up to suicide is, usually people will withdraw socially. They may start losing their ability to function, either … Continue reading

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Things to think about before you buy a home genetic test kit

    BY AMBER SMITH If you’re intrigued by offers of direct-to-consumer medical genetic testing, Robert Roger Lebel, MD, director of medical genetics at Upstate, offers something to consider. Let’s say you come from a family with many members who have had … Continue reading

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