Category Archives: patient story

First chemo … then vacation, for this Upstate patient

BY SUSAN KEETER “I am so sorry you have to give me this bad news,” Margit Foti, 71,  remembers telling her urologist, Elizabeth Ferry, MD, on the day Foti learned that she had a rare bladder cancer with a poor prognosis. … Continue reading

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No bread, no dairy, no meat: Living with PKU means eating lots of vegetables, fruits

BY SUSAN KEETER Ezekiel Sanford was 2 days old when his Binghamton pediatrician told his parents: “You have to take him to Upstate.” A routine blood test showed that Ezekiel had a rare inherited disorder called phenylketonuria, or PKU, which … Continue reading

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Limiting Lyme disease: How you can protect yourself and your family

Sixteen of every 100,000 New Yorkers were infected with Lyme disease in 2015, the latest year for which statistics are available. In 2015, 95 percent of Lyme diagnoses came from 14 states, including New York. Lyme disease is caused by … Continue reading

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Upstate stroke neurologists care for patients in remote areas

BY AMBER SMITH This is a story about two women, living in different parts of rural Central New York. Each suffered a stroke. Each had a loved one who summoned help. Each saw a stroke neurologist from Upstate University Hospital … Continue reading

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Have you seen the new ‘Upstate Health’ magazine?

As a mother, I cannot select one child as my favorite. As an editor, I don’t have one favorite magazine issue. I love them all. That said, this summer issue of Upstate Health is a particularly good one, for a … Continue reading

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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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