Category Archives: lung/pulmonary

A life-changing drug: Patients see improvement of cystic fibrosis symptoms

BY AMBER SMITH Brittnee Farmer, 31, is planning her wedding. She worries that the big day will be marred by her nebulizer, the machine she uses to inhale medication in a fine mist. Farmer was a preschooler when she was … Continue reading

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Teamwork: For 20 years, multidisciplinary approach boosts lung cancer survival rates

  This is one of a series of articles focusing on lung cancer. BY AMBER SMITH Upstate debuted its Thoracic Oncology Program20 years ago. It’s defined by a multidisciplinary team approach — which other medical providers at the Upstate Cancer Center … Continue reading

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Putting the brakes on lung cancer

Finding clues to the cause of lung adenocarcinoma This is one of a series of articles focusing on lung cancer. BY AMBER SMITH Scientists have long searched for the cause of lung cancer, particularly lung adenocarcinoma, the type that commonly … Continue reading

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Exploring a protein’s role in lung cancer

This is one of a series of articles focusing on lung cancer. BY AMBER SMITH Work underway at Upstate is focused on a novel protein in lung cancer that could, potentially, help stimulate lung cancer cell death. It’s taking place … Continue reading

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Making a change: She succeeded in quitting after a cancer diagnosis

This is one of a series of articles focusing on lung cancer. When Peggy Strong, 47, of Liverpool was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, “my first reaction was to have a cigarette.” She had smoked since the age of … Continue reading

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Catching lung cancer early through screening saves lives

This is one of a series of articles focusing on lung cancer. Lung cancer screening saves lives —  and could save more, if more people submitted to the testing. Of the lung cancers that are discovered through a lung cancer screening … Continue reading

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TOP cancer-care program turns 20

Thoracic Oncology Program relies on team care Upstate’s Thoracic Oncology Program (TOP) is marking its 20-year anniversary. TOP follows a “multidisciplinary” team approach. Specialists from multiple disciplines make up the team, which collaborates on the care of individual thoracic and … Continue reading

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She’s beating the odds, thanks to her ‘tenderhearted’ oncologist

BY SUSAN KEETER On an August day, Kathi Tamer and her cousins were making Lebanese string cheese. The process involves kneading hot cheese curd into braids and rolling them in caraway seeds. While they cooked, they talked about oncologist Stephen Graziano, MD, … Continue reading

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On a mission to help: Doctor’s intensive-care skills help poor children with heart trouble in Peru

BY JIM HOWE A career spent caring for very sick children, plus some mechanical ingenuity, helped I. Federico Fernández Nievas, MD, when he accompanied a medical charity team to Peru. He joined about two dozen other medical professionals from around … Continue reading

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Science Is Art: Black lung disease under the microscope

Upstate pathology professor Jerrold Abraham, MD, left, and assistant professor Soma Sanyal, MD, are examining lung tissue from coal miners with black lung disease as a part of a large study into the reasons for a recent increase in the … Continue reading

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