Category Archives: lung/pulmonary

Lung cancer diagnosis offered many lessons to this research technician

BY AMBER SMITH Wanda Coombs went for her annual medical exam in January 2016. “I wasn’t even going to tell the doctor I had a cough, because in January everybody has a cough, but at the end of the appointment, … Continue reading

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High-demand career: Becoming a respiratory therapist

BY CHARLES McCHESNEY Their place on the front lines caring for those with COVID-19 has brought a greater public awareness of respiratory therapists. With specialized training in caring for those whoe have issues with their hearts and lungs, respiratory therapists … Continue reading

Posted in coronavirus, COVID-19, health care, lung/pulmonary, respiratory therapy, technology

Urgent options: Lung physiologist explores how to help during a ventilator shortage

BY AMBER SMITH How to help large numbers of people with severe pneumonia during a pandemic had not crossed Gary Nieman’s mind. Now it’s all he thinks about. Nieman is a lung physiologist who has spent his career studying the … Continue reading

Posted in coronavirus, COVID-19, health care, lung/pulmonary, research, technology

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

Posted in cancer, genetics, health care, lung/pulmonary, research

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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