Category Archives: HealthLink on Air

Oneida High School student learns to live with brain cancer

  BY JIM HOWE A run of severe headaches over a couple of weeks in 2015 led to an Oneida teen’s diagnosis of brain cancer. “I would throw up a lot and couldn’t eat. It hurt really bad,” describes Breonna … Continue reading

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Preserving future fatherhood This service helps boys and men with cancer maintain their ability to father children.

BY JIM HOWE Some cancers, and some cancer treatments, can cause male reproductive damage. But a variety of techniques available through Upstate’s Male Fertility Preservation Program can help men with a cancer diagnosis or temporary or permanent infertility issue. “Survival … Continue reading

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E-cigarette dangers go beyond cancer

  The use of electronic cigarettes is higher among high school students than adults, a trend that alarms U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD. E-cigarettes contain a concentrated and more potent dose of nicotine than tobacco cigarettes, which is particularly … Continue reading

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What happens after you find a breast lump

What should you do once you find a breast lump? And what should you expect to happen? 1. Primary care Connect with your primary care provider to have the lump investigated. The majority of self-palpated lesions turn out to be … Continue reading

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Breast-feeding is healthy for baby and mother

  The majority of babies born in the United States receive some breast milk, but experts including Upstate’s Jayne Charlamb, MD, say mothers and their infants would benefit from breast-feeding exclusively for at least six months. Charlamb, an associate professor … Continue reading

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Back pain? Spine practitioner aims to get patients best possible treatment

BY AMBER SMITH Denise Karsten is someone you might not expect to find in the office of a neurosurgical practice, but she’s an important part of the Upstate Brain and Spine Center team. Karsten, a chiropractor and registered nurse, is … Continue reading

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Personal plan: Her team crafted the best way to fight her pancreatic cancer

BY AMBER SMITH A tumor quietly growing in Gail Brehm’s pancreas invaded her stomach and surrounding soft tissues. Eventually the mass began pressing on a nerve. Brehm, 63, a retired postal worker in Auburn, felt that pain in her lower … Continue reading

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Installing a port and a feeding tube at the same time makes sense for some patients – and it’s safe, study shows

BY AMBER SMITH Most patients with head and neck cancer require the installation of a port, and many will also need a feeding tube. “For the patient’s convenience, placing both devices at the same time would be ideal,” says Katsuhiro … Continue reading

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A moonshot: Pediatric cancer chief tells how effort could help young patients

BY JIM HOWE Overall, one could say the U.S. is doing well in battling childhood cancers. Since the 1960s, pediatric cancer deaths have fallen steadily. Today’s average five-year survival rate is 84 percent, compared to about 50 percent in 1975. … Continue reading

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Renewed lives: Pancreas transplants mean patients with diabetes can skip insulin injections

BY AMBER SMITH Patrick Nolan, 52, remembers spending his 11th birthday at Upstate University Hospital with a new diagnosis of diabetes. The Syracuse native lived with the disease for 41 years, routinely checking his blood sugar and injecting insulin up … Continue reading

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