Category Archives: surgery

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

Posted in cancer, health care, health careers, illness, medical education, medical imaging/radiology, surgery, women's health/gynecology

Up-close look at a precision surgical tool

Surgery on the lungs was done as an open operation as early as 1911. Starting in the 1950s, lung surgery became more commonplace because of the increase in lung cancer. Open surgery remains an option today, and the best option … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, health care, history, lung/pulmonary, medical imaging/radiology, surgery, technology

She’s resilient: 11-year-old faces Ewing sarcoma

BY AMBER SMITH Maddie Shaw is covered with a plush purple blanket. She grasps an iPad Mini, on which she quietly battles digital zombies, while the last of her chemotherapy flows into her arm. It’s a Friday at the end … Continue reading

Posted in adolescents, bones/joints/orthopedics, cancer, community, health care, illness, patient story, surgery, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

A 50-year anniversary: Meet one of Upstate’s oldest living pediatric brain tumor survivors

BY AMBER SMITH Some of the details are fuzzy, but 50 years after her treatment for a brain tumor at Upstate University Hospital, Michelle “Shelly” Kikta-Kiner, 62, still considers her survival a miracle. The Verona woman is one of Upstate’s … Continue reading

Posted in adolescents, brain/spine/neurosurgery, cancer, depression, health care, history, illness, medical imaging/radiology, patient story, surgery, technology

Have you seen the summer issue of Cancer Care magazine?

Welcome to Cancer Care magazine’s summer 2016 issue. Medical student Ogochukwu Ezeoke, smiling from our cover, aspires to a career in cancer research, and like many scientists she’s intrigued with the idea of using a patient’s immune system to fight … Continue reading

Posted in bioethics & humanities, bones/joints/orthopedics, brain/spine/neurosurgery, cancer, dermatology/skin care, genetics, health care, history, kidney/renal/nephrology, research, surgery, urology, women's health/gynecology

Formerly known as cancer: Experts now view one type of thyroid growth as noncancerous

BY JIM HOWE Thyroid cancer can usually be cured if caught early, and one type of abnormal thyroid growth may no longer be considered a cancer at all. The thyroid, a small gland at the base of the neck, produces … Continue reading

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Lessons from Upstate: Sleep diaries, jungle races and ankle surgery

A roundup of news about people at Upstate Medical University: Studying how best to track sleep Wrist-worn devices are at least as accurate as paper diaries kept by people tracking their sleep habits, according to a study published in December … Continue reading

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Can a pancreas transplant help someone with severe diabetes?

BY AMBER SMITH Upstate doctors are now offering a pancreas transplant option for some patients with diabetes mellitus, the most common cause of kidney failure. “Rather than waiting until the kidney fails, you may want to be proactive and go … Continue reading

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It’s complicated: Gender reassignment operations sometimes require repairs

BY AMBER SMITH A surgeon skilled in reconstructive urology for men and women has developed a specialization in caring for transgender patients at Upstate. Dmitriy Nikolavsky, MD, does not perform initial gender reassignment surgeries. Rather, he handles occasional complications that … Continue reading

Posted in health care, HealthLink on Air, patient story, sexuality, surgery, urology

She just goes: Ultramarathons have her running 100 miles at a stretch

BY AMBER SMITH Mondays and Fridays are rest days for Kristen Hyer, except during softball season, when she has games. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are her short runs, when she logs from four to 15 miles each day. Saturdays she … Continue reading

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