Category Archives: illness

Art from adversity: Students transform radiation masks into artistic décor

BY LILY GRENIS “Everything will be OK. I’ll be in a better place. I love you.” Amina Gingold’s mother spoke these words to her while dying of colon cancer. Gingold paid tribute to her mother by embellishing these phrases with … Continue reading

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Upstate med student had a hand in PBS cancer documentary

BY JIM HOWE When Raghib Siddiqui was in his junior year of studying neurosciences and English at SUNY Stony Brook University on Long Island, he looked for work that would nurture his twin interests of science and writing. He came … Continue reading

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Coping with mouth sores from cancer treatment

  BY AMBER SMITH What they are: Mouth sores that develop during chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment are called “oral mucositis.” They look like burns. Often they appear on the inside lining of the mouth or lips. You may notice them … Continue reading

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With lung cancer at bay, she’s cruising Florida coast on her Harley

As a retired police officer, Toni Lindgren knows how to deal with problems. So, when a physician at Fort Drum said, “I think it’s cancer,” Lindgren said, “I’m going to Upstate. I want the doctors who do cancer all day, every day.” … 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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Breast cancer survivor preaches screenings

BY JIM HOWE Janet Bacon’s breast cancer is rare in one way, but typical in another: It shows the importance of early detection. Bacon, 59, of Syracuse, had skipped her annual mammogram in 2014 – she had let a lot … Continue reading

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What to expect at your first visit to Upstate Cancer Center

Upstate Cancer Center staff members begin preparing for a patient’s first visit soon after the appointment is scheduled. They request radiology and laboratory results and other information from your referring physician, so cancer specialists can review those reports before you … 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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What’s Up at Upstate: A look at educational, health care, research and community endeavors

Organ lessons and clinical exposure A renewed curriculum for the first two years of medical school at Upstate introduces students to the body, organ by organ, and provides them with clinical exposure earlier in their academic careers. Their study begins … Continue reading

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