Category Archives: technology

New option for breast cancer treatment combines surgery with radiation

Surgeons and radiation oncologists at Upstate are teaming up to provide intraoperative radiation therapy to women with early-stage breast cancer. This allows for an intensive dose of radiation to be applied during surgery in the space where the tumor is removed. … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, health care, medical imaging/radiology, surgery, technology, women's health/gynecology

Interventional radiologist loves solving problems

BY AMBER SMITH In a typical day, Mitchell Karmel, MD, may take a biopsy of a liver tumor in one patient, install a port, so another patient can receive chemotherapy, and drain an abscess from deep within the abdomen of another. … Continue reading

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A small box that saves lives: Fayetteville man recovers from infection, thanks to ECMO machine

BY AMBER SMITH Robert Crain, 47, awoke on Jan. 8 from a medically induced coma. Slowly he pulled together memories from three months before. The Fayetteville podiatrist had a nagging cough in early October. When he began feeling short of … Continue reading

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 Complete and complex: More cancer patients benefit from molecular diagnostics

BY AMBER SMITH We are used to differentiating cancers by where they were discovered: breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer. Cancer doctors and scientists today are starting to label cancers based on their genetic makeup — and that’s only the beginning … Continue reading

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A new option: Technique heats the body’s water molecules to destroy cancer cells

BY AMBER SMITH Options are important when you have cancer of the liver. Vascular and interventional radiologists at Upstate now offer microwave ablation, a technique that uses heat to destroy cancer cells. The minimally invasive procedure can be an alternative to … Continue reading

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3 reasons your doctor might recommend robotic surgery

BY LEAH CALDWELL Depending on the type of cancer and its stage, your care plan may include surgery. Robotic surgery is one type of minimally invasive surgery. The surgeon uses a flexible scope with a camera and blade and views … Continue reading

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Concept of ‘designer’ babies raises thorny questions, few answers

BY JIM HOWE If parents could create a “better” baby, should they? Would “better” mean a healthier child than the average baby? Cuter? Smarter? Taller? Should scientists and doctors help parents to genetically customize an embryo that would become that better … Continue reading

Posted in genetics, health care, maternity/obstetrics, research, technology

Burn survivor: New laser assists in patient’s recovery from house fire

BY AMBER SMITH She lies on her stomach, exposing her bare back to a laser wielded by her surgeon. “Dr. Dolinak saved my life,” Stephanie Bridge says emphatically, as she positions herself for treatment that will help restore the texture … Continue reading

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Lasers treat pediatric brain tumors, epilepsy

BY AMBER SMITH Maisie Chapman of Cortland was just 3 months old when her seizures began. Ethan Stinson of Pierrepont Manor, near Watertown, was 15. Both wound up as patients of  Zulma Tovar-Spinoza, MD, a pioneering pediatric neurosurgeon at Upstate University … Continue reading

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The cancer-fighting TrueBeam: A precise installation for the newest technology

BY AMBER SMITH Workers in California, Switzerland, England and Canada built the precision cancer-fighting technology that occupies Upstate Radiation Oncology at the newly renovated Oneida office. Pieces of the TrueBeam Radiotherapy System are put together only after they are all delivered … Continue reading

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