Category Archives: surgery

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

Posted in cancer, health care, surgery | Leave a comment

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

Posted in brain/neurology, cancer, community, education, entertainment, family medicine, fundraising, health care, illness, medical education, medical student, patient story, physical therapy/rehabilitation, surgery

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

Posted in bones/joints/orthopedics, brain/spine/neurosurgery, disability, health care, HealthLink on Air, physical therapy/rehabilitation, surgery | Tagged , , ,

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

Posted in cancer, community, health care, illness, organ donation/transplant, patient story, surgery, technology, volunteers | Tagged , , , ,

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

Posted in cancer, digestive/gastrointestinal, drugs/medications/pharmacy, health care, illness, liver/ gallbladder/ pancreas, medical imaging/radiology, pancreas/liver/gallbladder/bile ducts, surgery, technology | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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

Posted in cancer, genetics, health care, HealthLink on Air, illness, liver/ gallbladder/ pancreas, medical imaging/radiology, pancreas/liver/gallbladder/bile ducts, patient story, surgery | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

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

Posted in bones/joints/orthopedics, cancer, drugs/medications/pharmacy, genetics, health care, illness, medical imaging/radiology, research, surgery, technology, urology, women's health/gynecology | Tagged , , ,

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

Posted in cancer, drugs/medications/pharmacy, entertainment, health care, history, illness, international health care, medical student, research, surgery | Tagged , ,

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

Posted in cancer, ear, nose and throat/otolaryngology, health care, HealthLink on Air, illness, medical imaging/radiology, medical student, pathology, research, surgery, technology | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

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

Posted in cancer, community, health care, illness, medical imaging/radiology, patient story, prevention/preventive medicine, public health, surgery, volunteers, women's health/gynecology | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,