Category Archives: patient story

How breast cancer affected three Central New York women

Surgeons work together to provide mastectomy, reconstruction Paula Malecki, 47, of Cicero Diagnosed: July 3, 2015 Concern: A red spot on her breast seemed to get brighter in the shower. A friend insisted she see a doctor, who sent her … Continue reading

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Pictures of cheer: Young photographers aim to brighten days of kids at Upstate Cancer Center

BY JIM HOWE A recent patient and his 8-year-old twin are using their love of animals to spread cheer to other youngsters being treated at the Upstate Cancer Center. Ashton Miller, a third-grader from Fayetteville, has received drug infusions at … Continue reading

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Her diagnosis leads to career

Katherine Frega was a high school junior in Westfield, N.J., in May 2010 when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. She transferred her cancer care to Upstate when she became a student at Syracuse University in 2012. Frega graduated from … Continue reading

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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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Settling in: Newcomers to CNY found jobs, a home – and a doctor

BY AMBER SMITH When she moved to Syracuse two summers ago, Andrea Scheibel, 32, had a rare form of anemia that required blood transfusions, sometimes as often as every week. She got sick in 2014 when her body stopped making … Continue reading

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Adventurer sees what’s possible

Tim Conners of Fulton is a blind adventurer who set out to — and did — summit Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak. He set out in late May, after graduating from Ithaca College, and reached the summit in early June. … Continue reading

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Young brothers battle cystic fibrosis together

  BY AMBER SMITH The day after Trevor Delaney turned 6, his mother took him for an appointment with his pulmonologist, Zafer Soultan, MD. The division chief of pediatric pulmonary medicine at Upstate was eager for Trevor to start taking … 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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Removing a hidden cancer: Surgeon avoided nerves when he removed prostate; patient – and wife – are thankful

BY AMBER SMITH Prostate cancer usually grows slowly. Unfortunately, Patrick Young’s cancer was aggressive, and furtive. It hid itself around the top side of his prostate, in the back, where a biopsy needle would be unlikely to reach. Fortunately, Patrick … Continue reading

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Syracuse University student died at a Carrier Dome basketball game – and lived to tell about it

February 4 was “pretty much a typical morning” for Alex McMillan, 20, an economics major at Syracuse University. An alto sax player, McMillan would be at the noon basketball game against Virginia as part of the Sour Sitrus Society. He … Continue reading

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