Category Archives: surgery

Catching cancer early: Routine mammogram spotted technician’s breast cancer

BY AMBER SMITH In 28 years as a clinical technician at Upstate University Hospital, Kimberly White, 47, has cared for a wide variety of patients, including adults with cancer. Today she has a new appreciation for the disease, as a … Continue reading

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Kidney cancer survivor says: Don’t ignore possible symptoms

BY JIM HOWE Cancer survivor Alf Jacques has a message for people who notice unusual or troubling health symptoms. “Get tested.” The famed maker of traditional wooden lacrosse sticks noticed blood in his urine in June 2016 and quickly had … Continue reading

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Physical feats: Despite cancer, these patients focus on accomplishing goals

Jim Waters, 56, of Auburn Diagnosis: Colon cancer that has spread to liver. Treatment: Surgery in June 2016, plus chemotherapy. Care team: From medical oncology, Adham Jurdi, MD, and Ibrahim Thabet, NP; surgeon Carl Weiss, MD, PhD; wife/caregiver of 25 … Continue reading

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Meet the cancer care team at Upstate

A team approach to cancer treatment means a patient has more than one doctor taking care of him or her, plus additional medical experts focusing on specialized aspects of care. Here are some of the typical team members at the … Continue reading

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Leaks are a risk for prostate cancer survivors, national research shows

BY AMBER SMITH When men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, their focus becomes treatment of the cancer. The complications of incontinence and erectile dysfunction are considerations, but the priority is usually survival. Once the cancer is under control, these treatment … Continue reading

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To operate, or not? Treating breast cancer with less surgery

BY AMBER SMITH Most breast cancers are treated with surgery today, but that may change in the coming years, says breast surgeon Lisa Lai, MD, an assistant professor of surgery and medical director of the breast cancer program at Upstate. … Continue reading

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Their team of doctors offered expertise — and hope

BY AMBER SMITH Orlando Barrera worked his whole life in construction. He was strong and relatively healthy – until May 2015, when stomach pains forced him to seek medical care. The Syracuse man underwent emergency surgery to remove his gallbladder. … Continue reading

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A musician gives thanks: Violist’s hands were saved after life-threatening burns

BY SUSAN KEETER Classical violist George Myers was taking photographs of construction on his family’s property in Trumansburg, near Ithaca, in October 2014 when a propane tank tipped and fell on him. The 250-pound cylindrical tank pinned him in a … Continue reading

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News you may have missed: medical inventions, lactation counselors, cardiac surgery chief

Program encourages medical innovators  A heat sleeve designed for limb amputees, an at-home glaucoma measurement test and a personal health and wellness messaging system are among seven medical devices and service proposals selected to participate in the Medical Device Innovation … Continue reading

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Fighting back: How a martial artist recovered from stroke

BY AMBER SMITH In the first days of physical therapy, when the therapist would say “great job,” it didn’t feel that way to William Bouchard. The message he heard was: “not good enough.” Recovering from stroke can feel like starting … Continue reading

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