Tag Archives: liver/gallbladder/pancreas

‘Secondary’ cancer: See a surgeon before starting chemotherapy for ‘liver mets’

BY AMBER SMITH Medical progress in the last decade or so has improved the survival chances for people whose colorectal cancer has spread to the liver. Today, surgery may provide a cure – depending on the steps a patient takes … Continue reading

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A trusted guide through cancer treatment: the nurse navigator

BY JIM HOWE Cancer patients can feel overwhelmed as they face not just their disease, but a bewildering array of appointments, treatments and insurance forms. Many are looking for one person who can explain the next procedure, remind them of … Continue reading

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Specialized surgeons treat cancers, plus other diseases of liver, gallbladder, pancreas

Surgeons with a hepatobiliary specialization treat some of the deadliest cancers. “Hepato” relates to the liver, and “biliary” refers to the gallbladder and bile ducts. But cancers are not the only problems that require such a surgeon’s expertise. Upstate‘s Dilip … Continue reading

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Jimmy Carter’s cancer: Melanomas can appear throughout the body

Former President Jimmy Carter’s skin cancer diagnosis began the way it does for so many others facing the disease. A spot discovered on his liver turned out to be melanoma. Then when doctors ordered an imaging scan, they found four … Continue reading

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New transplant surgery chief plans pancreas, islet transplants

Upstate’s new transplant surgery chief, Rainer Gruessner, MD, is accepting patients for pancreas transplants he expects to offer in the near future. Already, Upstate University Hospital is known for kidney transplant expertise, and Gruessner says a good number of people … Continue reading

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Surgical services featured in July Physicians Practice

The July issue of Physicians Practice magazine gives a glimpse of the services available at Upstate. It’s written for physicians who work throughout the Central New York region, but much of the information is of interest to the community at large. … Continue reading

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Should you be tested for hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C, the most common blood-borne infection in the United States, is one of the viruses that can cause cancer — and the majority of people who are infected don’t know it. The virus causes a chronic liver infection that … Continue reading

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Cancer someday or diabetes now? Surgeon has pancreas removed to beat the cancer odds

  David Halleran, MD, faced a decision similar to the one Angelina Jolie made earlier this year. The actress had a double mastectomy because of a genetic predisposition to breast cancer. The doctor elected to have his pancreas removed due to … Continue reading

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Lung, pancreatic cancers among those that will benefit from cancer bill

New federal legislation that President Obama signed last week requires a comprehensive plan of research action for “high mortality cancers” such as lung and pancreatic cancers, whose survival rates have not improved much in the 40 years since so-called War … Continue reading

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