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The rise in chronic hepatitis

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Ajay Jain, MDAjay Jain, MD, associate director of hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery at Upstate, explains the reasons for the rise in chronic hepatitis and helps us understand the connection between hepatitis B, the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and liver cancer.  


‘Healthy Eats’: Nutritional issues during cancer treatment

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Maria Erdman, RDUpstate registered dietitian Maria Erdman, RD talks about issues she frequently sees in patients undergoing cancer treatment, and offers advice for dealing with them.


Advanced radiotherapy coming to the new Upstate Cancer Center

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Jeffrey A Bogart, MDRadiation oncologist Jeffrey Bogart, MD explains the full range of radiotherapy available at the new Upstate Cancer Center, including three new systems – Vero, TrueBeam, and TomoTherapy – that will provide even more precision and accuracy. The goal of radiation therapy is to get a high enough dose of radiation to the tumor while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue from damage. Bogart is professor and chair of Radiation Oncology and professor of Urology at Upstate Medical University.


New cancer center from the pediatric perspective

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Sharon BauerSharon Bauer, RN, nurse manager in the pediatric hematology/oncology department at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, talks about what the new Upstate Cancer Center will mean for children in our community who are fighting cancer and blood disorders. Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers.


Welcome to the new Upstate Cancer Center

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Leslie J Kohman, MDRichard KilburgLeslie Kohman, MD, medical director of the new Upstate Cancer Center, is joined by administrator Dick Kilburg, MBA, to share exciting details about the center, which is set to open this summer. Kilburg will talk about what it took to bring this building to fruition – the biggest challenges, the unique building features, where we are today, and how much money was raised for construction. Kohman will describe the new services and technologies that will be available, how the building will facilitate multidisciplinary care, and what it will mean for patients who have cancer and their loved ones. The Upstate Cancer Center will be the only facility in the region to offer outpatient care and treatment for cancer and blood disorders in all ages – child through adult.


What Upstate’s new cord blood center means to Central New York

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Nicholas Greco, PhDNicholas Greco, PhD, executive director and Tissue Bank director for the Upstate Cord Blood Bank, describes the process of building a new cord blood center, which is currently under construction at Upstate’s Community campus. Greco talks about what the new center will bring to the community, the current uses of cord blood in treatments and cures approved by the FDA, and what is on the horizon for its use in regenerative medicine.  Read the story: Nicholas Greco, PhD, to lead the Upstate Cord Blood Bank
Listen to an interview with Dr. Robert Silverman: Upstate breaks ground for umbilical cord blood bank


American Cancer Society CEO talks about the progress made in the disease

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

John Seffrin, PhDJohn Seffrin, PhD, American Cancer Society president, shares his hopeful perspective on where we are with cancer — how far we’ve come in terms of prevention, detection and treatment — and what we have to do to to finish the fight in this century. Seffrin received an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Science from the State University of New York at the 2014 Upstate Medical University Commencement.

Read the “What’s up at Upstate” blog: Upstate Cancer Center will help boost survivorship, American Cancer Society CEO says

Read the story: Barbara Resnick, PhD, and John R. Seffrin, PhD, to receive honorary degrees


Breast reconstruction options after mastectomy

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

UpsPrashant K Upadhyaya, MDtate plastic surgeon Prashant Upadhyaya, MD, talks about breast reconstruction options after mastectomy, including implants or your own tissue flap, some done immediately at the time of the mastectomy. Read more about The Patricia J. Numann Center for Breast, Endocrine & Plastic Surgery at Upstate.


What you need to know about esophageal cancer

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Vanessa R Gibson, MDUpstate thoracic surgeons Barbara Robinson, MDVanessa Gibson, MD and Barbara Robinson, MD, help us understand cancer of the esophagus - a hollow tube that carries food and liquids from your throat to your stomach – including the risks, advances in detection and treatment options.  Read more about the Thoracic Oncology Program (TOP) at Upstate.


The dangers of e-cigarettes

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Leslie J Kohman, MDLeslie Kohman, MD, medical director of the Upstate Cancer Center and the Lung Cancer Screening Program at Upstate, warns of the dangers of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes. Read the story: E-cigarettes under the microscope: Consumer Reports. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 315-464-8668.


Upstate’s new breast cancer survivorship program

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Jayne Charlamb, MDUpstate’s Jayne Charlamb, MD, medical director of prevention and survivorship, talks about a new breast cancer survivorship program for women who have completed their active treatment (chemo, radiation, surgery). The program focuses on empowering and educating participants to take an active role in decisions related to their follow-up care, wellness and comprehensive healthy living.  Support Services at Upstate.  For more information, call (315) 464-8224.


New technique for kidney cancer surgery

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Gennady Bratslavsky, MDMichael Daugherty, MD, PGY1Gennady Bratslavsky, MD, chair of Urology at Upstate, is joined by urology resident Michael Daugherty, MD, to help us understand the diagnosis and treatment of kidney cancer. They explain the results of a study comparing surgical techniques to address this type of cancer, and the importance of protecting your kidneys as people age.  Read the story: “NIH urges older Americans to protect their kidneys”.  Read more about:  Upstate’s Prostate Cancer Program,

Read the study: “Compared with radical nephrectomy, nephron-sparing surgery offers a long-term survival advantage in patients between the ages of 20 and 44 years with renal cell carcinomas (≤4cm): An analysis of the SEER database”