Category Archives: pancreas/liver/gallbladder/bile ducts

Upstate is the place to go for pancreatic cancer treatment

Upstate University Hospital is uniquely qualified to provide top-quality care for patients with pancreatic cancer and other diseases that affect the pancreas. The hospital earned a designation from the National Pancreas Foundation after an extensive auditing process. Upstate is one … 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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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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Instead of a biopsy: Scientists seek better, noninvasive diagnostic tool to detect liver cancer early

BY AMBER SMITH One of the reasons liver cancer is so deadly is that people rarely discover the disease at an early stage, when it’s treatable. What might help would be a screening test, similar to the one that exists … Continue reading

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Can a pancreas transplant help someone with severe diabetes?

BY AMBER SMITH Upstate doctors are now offering a pancreas transplant option for some patients with diabetes mellitus, the most common cause of kidney failure. “Rather than waiting until the kidney fails, you may want to be proactive and go … Continue reading

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‘Secondary’ cancer: See a surgeon before starting chemotherapy for ‘liver mets’

BY AMBER SMITH Medical progress in the last decade or so has improved the survival chances for people whose colorectal cancer has spread to the liver. Today, surgery may provide a cure – depending on the steps a patient takes … Continue reading

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A trusted guide through cancer treatment: the nurse navigator

BY JIM HOWE Cancer patients can feel overwhelmed as they face not just their disease, but a bewildering array of appointments, treatments and insurance forms. Many are looking for one person who can explain the next procedure, remind them of … Continue reading

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