Category Archives: surgery

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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Navigating through a cancer diagnosis

BY AMBER SMITH While each person’s cancer journey is unique, patients are likely to encounter similar  services and treatment options along the way. Holly Briere, a nurse navigator specializing in cancers of the liver, gallbladder and pancreas, guides us through what the experience … 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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What might $50,000 help discover?

  BY AMBER SMITH Scientists think big, and long term. They measure progress incrementally, knowing that solutions are often years, decades, centuries in the making. Such dedication can bring society closer to finding cures for cancer, ways to prevent the … Continue reading

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Upstate med student had a hand in PBS cancer documentary

BY JIM HOWE When Raghib Siddiqui was in his junior year of studying neurosciences and English at SUNY Stony Brook University on Long Island, he looked for work that would nurture his twin interests of science and writing. He came … Continue reading

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Installing a port and a feeding tube at the same time makes sense for some patients – and it’s safe, study shows

BY AMBER SMITH Most patients with head and neck cancer require the installation of a port, and many will also need a feeding tube. “For the patient’s convenience, placing both devices at the same time would be ideal,” says Katsuhiro … Continue reading

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Breast cancer survivor preaches screenings

BY JIM HOWE Janet Bacon’s breast cancer is rare in one way, but typical in another: It shows the importance of early detection. Bacon, 59, of Syracuse, had skipped her annual mammogram in 2014 – she had let a lot … Continue reading

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Renewed lives: Pancreas transplants mean patients with diabetes can skip insulin injections

BY AMBER SMITH Patrick Nolan, 52, remembers spending his 11th birthday at Upstate University Hospital with a new diagnosis of diabetes. The Syracuse native lived with the disease for 41 years, routinely checking his blood sugar and injecting insulin up … Continue reading

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A kidney unites them: Facebook connects Upstate nurse with woman needing a kidney transplant

BY AMBER SMITH As Jody Adams scrolled through Facebook in January, one post stuck with her. It was written from the point of view of a baby boy named Carter, seeking someone to donate a kidney to his ailing mother. … Continue reading

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Breast cancer diagnosis? Next step: surgeon consult

If a woman has an abnormal finding on a mammogram, further tests will confirm or rule out cancer. While the vast majority will turn out to be benign conditions, the first stop for a woman who has a diagnosis of … Continue reading

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