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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


Improving screening rates for colorectal cancer

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Christopher P Morley, PhDChristopher Morley, PhD, associate professor of Family Medicine, Public Health & Psychiatry at Upstate, talks about a new project “Increasing Cancer Screening through Academic Detailing and Practice Facilitation” that will span from Syracuse to Buffalo, focusing upon improving screening rates for colorectal cancer in primary care practices.  Read the story: Family Medicine launches colorectal cancer screening project


Developing a career in cancer research

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Chris LucchesiChris Lucchesi, a pharmacology graduate student at Upstate, shares his personal experience with cancer, and what led him into his particular field of cancer research. Read more: Upstate’s College of Graduate Studies Pharmacology Program.


Understanding melanoma

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Scott Albert, MDUpstate surgical oncologist Scott Albert, MD helps us understand melanoma, a deadly form of cancer that starts in a certain type of skin cell, including early detection, treatment, and prevention.  Albert also talks about a new multi-disciplinary melanoma program in the planning stages for the new Upstate Cancer Center.


Caring for the psychiatric needs of cancer patients

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Allya Hafeez, MDPsychiatrist Aliya Hafeez, MD, talks about the psychological impacts of a cancer diagnosis and a new service she will be offering to cancer patients at the Upstate Cancer Center.   


Pinpointing prostate cancer

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Vourganti, SrinivasUpstate urologic oncologist Srinivas Vourganti, MD talks about prostate cancer, and shares a new diagnostic procedure at Upstate to pinpoint prostate cancer.  The technique fuses pre-biopsy magnetic resonance images of the prostate with ultrasound-guided biopsy images to diagnose exactly where tumors are located within the prostate gland.  For more information, call 315 464-6117.


An update on prostate cancer research

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Leszek Kotula, MD/PhDUpstate urologist and researcher Leszek Kotula, MD, PhD, explains how basic science research done in his lab will one day benefit prostate cancer patients with better diagnostic and treatment options. Watch Dr. Kotula’s video: Research Matters.