Category Archives: surgery

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

Posted in cancer, health care, pancreas/liver/gallbladder/bile ducts, surgery

Hunting for cancer: Doctors ‘stage’ cancer to create prognosis, treatment regimen; that means finding where it has spread

BY JIM HOWE Before a patient starts treatment at the Upstate Cancer Center, a medical team evaluates the cancer in a process called staging. Staging determines the extent of cancer in the body, based on the tumor’s size and depth … Continue reading

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Covert operations: Surgeons hide scars in new breast surgery technique

A new surgical technique means disfiguring surgical scars may be avoidable for women who face breast cancer surgery. Kristine Keeney, MD, and Mary Ellen Greco, MD, are both certified in Hidden Scar Breast Care Surgery, an advanced approach in while … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, health care, surgery, women's health/gynecology

Rethinking breast cancer treatment options: Should chemotherapy or surgery come first?

BY AMBER SMITH Many people with a breast cancer diagnosis will face surgery and chemotherapy as part of their treatment. A question more doctors and patients must answer is: In which order? Chemotherapy is increasingly prescribed to help shrink breast … 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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Back pain? Spine practitioner aims to get patients best possible treatment

BY AMBER SMITH Denise Karsten is someone you might not expect to find in the office of a neurosurgical practice, but she’s an important part of the Upstate Brain and Spine Center team. Karsten, a chiropractor and registered nurse, is … 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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