Category Archives: medical imaging/radiology

Early detection saved her: Now it’s her job to encourage mammograms

BY AMBER SMITH Christina Wallace was due for a mammogram, but she had just begun a new job and didn’t want to ask for time off. She canceled the appointment. That night, she stretched out on her couch. Her cat, Gracie, jumped … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, health care, medical imaging/radiology, women's health/gynecology

Pint-sized patient: Glimpses of a girl who fought cancer — and won

PHOTOS BY MARANIE STAAB/TEXT BY JIM HOWE Kaylee Marshfield of Lakeland received unforgettable news on Feb. 1, 2018. It was her sixth birthday: She had cancer. A strange lump led to tests that detected a Wilms tumor on her left … 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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Warmth, kindness and radiation, too

BY AMBER SMITH It had been a rough 2019 for Joan Gorton of Hamilton. Starting early in the year, the 83-year-old woman had a series of medical issues — a lingering cough, then a suspicious lump on her leg that … Continue reading

Posted in aging/geriatrics, cancer, health care, medical imaging/radiology, patient story, women's health/gynecology

Tackling kidney cancer: Medical imaging helps catch this symptom-free cancer earlier, Upstate urologist explains

Doctors traditionally saw kidney cancer in people in their 60s and older, explains Upstate urologist Oleg Shapiro, MD, but the increased use of medical imaging has led to a rise in the incidence of kidney cancers that are discovered incidentally. These are typically … Continue reading

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What’s Up at Upstate: Mobile mammograms, hospitality center, cord blood donations

Mobile mammography Upstate now provides mobile mammography services with a new 45-foot van aimed at ensuring easy access to screening for women who live in Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties. A grant from the … Continue reading

Posted in blood/blood-related conditions/hematology, cancer, health care, maternity/obstetrics, medical imaging/radiology, public health, research, stroke

Up Close: Studying bone density to help cancer survivors

Timothy Damron, MD, and Kenneth Mann, PhD, are studying bone fracture risk in cancer patients after radiation treatment. While radiation therapy is an important and effective treatment for many cancers, bone exposed to radiation becomes brittle and has an increased risk … Continue reading

Posted in bones/joints/orthopedics, cancer, health care, medical imaging/radiology, research

After abnormal mammogram, vigilant nurse tries new combination surgery and radiation treatment for breast cancer

BY AMBER SMITH In her role as chief nursing officer at Upstate University Hospital, Nancy Page is part of the leadership team that reviews major hospital purchases. In 2017, they gave the go-ahead for intraoperative radiation therapy equipment, which would … Continue reading

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Battling cancer: Through 3 surgeries and 6 weeks of radiation, this determined Marine vet keeps his chin up

BY DARRYL GEDDES Howard “Mac” Waterman, 73, of Boonville is a Vietnam War veteran who saw combat as a Marine, but his biggest fight has been a recent bout with medullary thyroid and neck cancer. He appears to be outmaneuvering … Continue reading

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He chose radiation treatment for his prostate cancer

BY JIM HOWE Jan Roberts wasn’t sure what to expect when he received radiation treatments for prostate cancer at the Upstate Cancer Center. A disabled Vietnam veteran, he receives primary care at the Syracuse VA Medical Center, where he was … Continue reading

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