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Screening, surgery among tools to fight lung cancer

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Screening for lung cancer has greatly reduced the chances of dying from that disease among those most at risk, says Upstate thoracic surgeon Jason Wallen, MD, who also describes other advances in treatment. If lung cancer is caught early, surgery is generally the best option, and it can often be done with small incisions, he says, while chemotherapy might be the best choice for cancer that has spread. Wallen also describes the challenges of diagnosing and treating cancer of the esophagus, which is much less common than lung cancer.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: April 3, 2016

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

April 3, 2016

Director of medical toxicology Ross Sullivan, MD, provides an update on the heroin epidemic. Registered dietitian nutritionist Kristen Davis explains the value of eating organic foods. Thoracic surgeon Jason Wallen, MD, discusses lung and esophageal cancer.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: March 13, 2016

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

March 13, 2016

Transfusion expert Matthew Elkins, MD, PhD, discusses bone marrow transplant. Neurosciences doctoral student Patrick Sweeney talks of the connection between emotion, genetics and eating patterns. Radiologist Ravi Adhikary, MD, and radiology director Jennifer Caldwell tell about the merits of 3-D mammography.

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3-D mammography holds promise of better imaging, early breast cancer detection

Friday, March 4th, 2016

A 3-D mammogram – similar to a CT scan – is becoming the new standard in breast cancer screening, experts at Upstate say. Multiple images from various angles can allow a better view into a breast, especially a dense breast, than traditional two-dimensional mammograms, say radiologist Ravi Adhikary, MD, director of the women’s imaging section, and Jennifer Caldwell, director of radiology. While 3-D mammograms are done in addition to 2-D now, in the future, just the 3-D version — with a 2-D version reconstructed from it — will likely be used. This will reduce radiation exposure and discomfort, should reduce false positives and, it is hoped, increase early detection of breast cancer, Adhikary says.

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Transfusion expert tells how bone marrow transplants work

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Bone marrow transplants offer hope to chemotherapy and other patients who lack healthy blood cells, and marrow collection methods have improved in recent years, explains Matthew Elkins, MD, PhD, Upstate’s medical director of transfusion medicine. The marrow’s stem cells – needed to grow healthy blood cells – can be harvested from a patient for his or her own later use, from a donor or from a newborn’s discarded umbilical cord, he says, describing how pheresis machines have largely replaced the old needle-drawn method of harvesting. He also urges people to sign up for the national marrow donor registry

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HealthLink on Air radio show: March 6, 2016

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

March 6, 2016

Infectious disease expert Timothy Endy, MD, discusses the Zika virus. Upstate Medical University’s new president, Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, introduces herself to the community. Colorectal surgeon David Halleran, MD, tells about colorectal cancer prevention. Leslie Kohman, MD, explains a program that offers free kits to test for colorectal cancer.

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Expert advice: Free kits make testing for colorectal cancer convenient

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Upstate Medical University and the American Cancer Society are teaming up with Kinney Drugs to encourage prevention in March, which is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. This is the third year that free stool testing kits will be offered in Kinney drugstores to people who meet certain criteria, such as being older than 50 and not having been tested recently for colorectal cancer, said Leslie Kohman, MD, of the Upstate Cancer Center and the cancer society. The aim of these easy-to-use kits is to get at least 80 percent of adults screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.

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Surgeon prescribes screening to detect, defeat colorectal cancer

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Screening and early detection are the keys to fighting colorectal cancer, says colorectal surgeon David Halleran, MD, section chief of surgery at Upstate’s community campus. “As with all cancers, and particularly colorectal cancers, the earlier you find the cancers, the better your  survival rates,” he said, noting that the biggest risk factor is age, which is why a screening is recommended at age 50. Other risk factors include family history, smoking and obesity. Halleran describes the various tests for colorectal cancer, how often they are recommended and how the disease has changed from a killer to one that can often be cured if detected early.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: February 28, 2016

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

February 28, 2016

Geriatrics specialist Joseph Barry, MD, shares his experience with concierge medicine. Upstate urologist Srinivas Vourganti, MD, tells about diagnosing prostate cancer. Upstate psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, talks about getting the life you want in “Check Up from the Neck Up.”

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HealthLink on Air radio show: February 14, 2016

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

February 14, 2016

Upstate radiologist Santiago Miro, MD, tells what’s new in lung cancer screening on this week’s show. Then, Connie Gregory and Aldrine Ashong-Katai tell about a partnership that aims to improve health disparities in public housing neighborhoods, and Upstate pediatric anesthesiologist Joseph Resti, MD, goes over what to expect when a baby or older child faces surgery.

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Health insurers now pay for lung cancer screening for smokers, former smokers

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Low-dose computerized tomography scans can help locate lung cancers at the earliest, most treatable stages, says Upstate radiologist Santiago Miro, MD. He tells about the lung cancer screening program at Upstate (call 1-315-464-7064 or 1-800-464-8668 for an appointment) which is now covered by most health insurance plans. It’s designed for people between the ages of 55 and 77 who have smoked what is known as “30 pack years.” That’s a pack a day for 30 years, or two packs a day for 15 years, or other variations. The testing is also for people who quit smoking within the last 15 years. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the United States.

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Patient story: Surgery removes tumor while preserving adrenal gland

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

On top of each kidney sits an adrenal gland, which produces hormones a person cannot live without. When a tumor develops in an adrenal gland, the patient may face the removal of the entire gland and, if tumors were to also develop in the remaining gland, the reliance on medications for the rest of his or her life. So Erica Searles (at right in photo, with Gennady Bratslavsky, MD) appreciated the option presented by Gennady Bratslavsky, MD, who leads the department of urology at Upstate. He removed a tumor but preserved Searles’ adrenal gland in a minimally invasive operation. In this interview, the patient describes how she learned she had a tumor, and Bratslavsky tells about the surgery, called a partial adrenalectomy.

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