Category Archives: patient story

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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Multiple myeloma is his opponent – and so far, he’s winning

BY SUSAN KEETER Jack Durr sees the oncology team at the Upstate Cancer Center’s office in Oneida for most appointments. Having chemotherapy treatments, blood tests and checkups close to his home in Vernon is important to Durr, 72, who loves … Continue reading

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Growing up, despite cancer

BY AMBER SMITH The Hysicks of Baldwinsville got a puppy in November 2012, and their son Parker played with her constantly. So when Parker developed bruises, his mom and dad thought they were from roughhousing. When Parker began having nosebleeds, … Continue reading

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Ailing med student Alex Paley: ‘A brilliant mind, a true friend’

Mckinzie Neggers, a third-year medical student, left Binghamton at 5 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 5 to join Upstate classmates in Syracuse for the “I’m with Alex” fundraising run at Fleet Feet Sports. Neggers and classmates organized the run in honor of … Continue reading

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Got a couple hours to help save lives? Donate platelets

BY SUSAN KEETER “What if you could do one thing on Monday that might save a cancer patient’s life on Wednesday?” That’s the message from a Red Cross video encouraging platelet donation. I’ve donated blood since high school but learned about … 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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With lung cancer at bay, she’s cruising Florida coast on her Harley

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 all day, every day.” … Continue reading

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