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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”


Breast cancer high risk program

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Jayne Charlamb, MDJayne Charlamb, MD, medical director of prevention and survivorship at Upstate, talks about a program designed for women who are at an increased risk of breast cancer.  Charlamb is the director of Upstate’s breast cancer high risk program, which offers special surveillance options as well as “chemoprevention” – taking medication to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer. For more information, call (315) 464-8224, ask for Linda.


New support group for head and neck cancer

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Jenna Gardner, SLPAnn Ray, RNSpeech language pathologist Jenna Gardner and oncology nurse Ann Ray discuss different types of cancers that arise in the head or neck region (nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, salivary glands, throat, or larynx), and how the disease and treatments can affect the patient.  They talk about the new head and neck cancer support group they run, what the group is designed to accomplish and why they decided to start one.  Patient support groups at Upstate. For more information, call (315) 464-5819 or (315) 464-5262


What you need to know about gynecologic cancers

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Rinki Agarwal, MDUpstate gynecologic oncologist Rinki Agarwal, MD talks about gynecologic cancers, and the comprehensive services available at Upstate. Gynecologic cancers are the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells originating in the female reproductive organs, including the cervix, ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes, vagina and vulva.  Read more: Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Upstate Medical University. 


Capturing poignant moments on film

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Ross TaylorPulitzer Prize-nominated photojournalist Ross Taylor will talk about recent projects he has done at Upstate, creating three (so far) brief films that tell poignant patient stories.  Taylor is currently serving as a fellow in the Multimedia Photography and Design Department at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.  Read the story: Photojournalist highlights Upstate University Hospital in series of films  See the videos: Music Therapy, This Changes Everything, A New Beginning