Category Archives: surgery

Open wide and say ‘aha!’: Urologist looks to patient’s mouths for help repairing urethral strictures

BY AMBER SMITH Only an innovative scientist with expertise in reconstructive urology would look at the inside lining of the cheek and wonder how those cells would behave if transplanted into the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the … 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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Brains against brain tumors

Experts from several scientific fields join forces to accelerate fight against brain cancer BY JIM HOWE To better meet the challenges of treating brain cancer, Upstate’s Precision Neuro-Oncology Program pools the expertise of the best minds in a variety of … Continue reading

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He’s grateful for ‘fantastic job’ by his surgeon; she celebrates end of her chemo

When Patrick Mohr, managing partner of Eastwood Litho Inc., oversaw the printing of the first issue of Upstate’s Cancer Care magazine, he did not expect to be featured on its pages. But in December 2015, Mohr was treated for thyroid … Continue reading

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Radiation can be as effective as surgery for some tumor removals

Not long ago, people who were not healthy enough to withstand surgery had few options if a tumor was discovered in their lung or brain. Today, radiation therapy has evolved into an alternative to traditional surgery that can help these … Continue reading

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Team tackles complex skin cancers

Melanoma accounts for about 1 percent of skin cancers, but it’s the skin cancer most likely to spread and the deadliest. The majority of melanomas are superficial, discovered at an early stage and easily treated with surgery. But some patients … 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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With lung cancer at bay, she’s cruising Florida coast on her Harley

  BY SUSAN KEETER 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 … Continue reading

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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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