Category Archives: medical imaging/radiology

A detour: Medical student learns about health care as a patient

BY AMBER SMITH Medical student Alex Paley was in his third year of medical school when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor on Jan. 18 and underwent emergency surgery. He has been in treatment since then. He would much … Continue reading

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Up close: Offering a better biopsy

Upstate offers a 3-D guided breast biopsy option for patients whose mammograms reveal something suspicious that requires additional investigation. Using this system, radiologists can easily locate and target regions of interest for what is known as an upright core breast … Continue reading

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Treatment you inhale: pure oxygen

BY AMBER SMITH One of the unfortunate side effects of radiation therapy for head and neck cancers can be damage to the soft tissue and bones of the jaw. No matter how precisely the radiation is directed, small blood vessels … Continue reading

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Radiation can be as effective as surgery for some tumor removals

Not long ago, people who were not healthy enough to withstand surgery had few options if a tumor was discovered in their lung or brain. Today, radiation therapy has evolved into an alternative to traditional surgery that can help these … Continue reading

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

  BY SUSAN KEETER 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 … 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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Hospital’s new PET scanner another tool to detect cancer, other diseases

A new positron emission tomography machine at Upstate University Hospital can reveal the onset of a disease process before anatomical changes would show up on other types of imaging scans. PET scans rely on a radiotracer — a radioactive atom … Continue reading

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Navigating through a cancer diagnosis

BY AMBER SMITH While each person’s cancer journey is unique, patients are likely to encounter similar  services and treatment options along the way. Holly Briere, a nurse navigator specializing in cancers of the liver, gallbladder and pancreas, guides us through what the experience … 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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