Category Archives: women’s health/gynecology

Catching cancer early: Routine mammogram spotted technician’s breast cancer

BY AMBER SMITH In 28 years as a clinical technician at Upstate University Hospital, Kimberly White, 47, has cared for a wide variety of patients, including adults with cancer. Today she has a new appreciation for the disease, as a … Continue reading

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To operate, or not? Treating breast cancer with less surgery

BY AMBER SMITH Most breast cancers are treated with surgery today, but that may change in the coming years, says breast surgeon Lisa Lai, MD, an assistant professor of surgery and medical director of the breast cancer program at Upstate. … Continue reading

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No more excuses: Free program improves access to mammograms

What would it take for you to get screened for breast cancer? The Upstate Cancer Center has someone who will * schedule the mammogram appointment for you, * explain what to expect during the exam, * navigate any insurance requirements, … Continue reading

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Tandem treatment: Polymer ‘truck’ penetrates tumor, kills ovarian cancer cells

BY AMBER SMITH  The ovarian cancer drug doxorubicin can be toxic to the heart. Giving a woman enough of the drug to be effective against her cancer may be too much to be safe for her heart. Scientists at Upstate … Continue reading

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News about Upstate you may have missed

Autism symposium “The message of our book,” said the co-author of a Pulitzer Prize finalist work about autism, “is that the larger community needs to change, needs to step up and not freak out over people who are different.” That’s … Continue reading

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How breast cancer affected three Central New York women

Surgeons work together to provide mastectomy, reconstruction Paula Malecki, 47, of Cicero Diagnosed: July 3, 2015 Concern: A red spot on her breast seemed to get brighter in the shower. A friend insisted she see a doctor, who sent her … Continue reading

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Up close: Offering a better biopsy

Upstate offers a 3-D guided breast biopsy option for patients whose mammograms reveal something suspicious that requires additional investigation. Using this system, radiologists can easily locate and target regions of interest for what is known as an upright core breast … Continue reading

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Did you know? The scientist who discovered genetically inherited breast cancer visited Upstate

In 1990, her laboratory zeroed in on chromosome 17q21 to prove that breast cancer is genetically inherited in some families. The scientists working with Mary-Claire King, PhD, called this particular genetic mutation BRCA1. Soon after, another mutation, called BRCA2, was … 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

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What happens after you find a breast lump

What should you do once you find a breast lump? And what should you expect to happen? 1. Primary care Connect with your primary care provider to have the lump investigated. The majority of self-palpated lesions turn out to be … Continue reading

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