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HealthLink on Air radio show: January 31, 2016

Friday, January 29th, 2016

January 31, 2016

Upstate urologist Gennady Bratslavsky, MD, joins his patient Erica Searles in telling about a delicate operation to remove a tumor while preserving her adrenal gland. Upstate pediatric rheumatologist Caitlin Sgarlat, DO, and pediatric infectious disease expert Jana Shaw, MD, discuss the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease.


HealthLink on Air radio show: January 24, 2016

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

January 24, 2016

Registered nurse Deb Polmanteer talks about treatment and options for someone with chronic kidney disease. Upstate urologist Dmitriy Nikolavsky, MD, shares his expertise in surgical repair after gender reassignment surgery, and author Terri Cook tells about the memoir she wrote with her husband about their child’s transition. Syracuse University registered dietitian Tanya Horacek, PhD, explores the factors that influence college student weight gain.


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.


Reconstructive urologist provides surgery, ongoing medical care to patients who have had gender reassignment operations

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Complications often develop after a person undergoes gender reassignment surgery, and a urologist at Upstate has developed expertise in providing surgical repair and ongoing urologic care to these patients. Dmitriy Nikolavsky, MD, director of reconstructive urology at Upstate, says a variety of complications may develop after an operation to alter the genitalia. He welcomes patients from throughout the United States because he is one of few urologists specializing in repair work after gender reassignment surgery. “Even if they do not have complications, they still need to have continuing urologic care,” Nikolavsky says. Also in the interview, Terri Cook (not shown) talks about her experience as a parent of a child who she says was assigned female at birth and transitioned to male. Cook and her husband, Vince, are the authors of “Allies & Angels: A Memoir of Our Family’s Transition.” 


HealthLink on Air radio show: Jan. 10, 2016

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

January 10, 2016

Upstate urologist Rakesh Khanna, MD, addresses prostate cancer. Upstate physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists Margaret Turk, MD, and Robert Weber, MD, tell what patients can expect from a rehabilitation team. Syracuse University earth sciences professor Donald Siegel, PhD, explores the scientific evidence on hydraulic fracturing.


Active surveillance an option for some men with prostate cancer

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Rakesh Khanna, MD is interviewed for Upstate's weekly talk radio show, HealthLink on Air.

Men with prostate cancer are often advised to hold off on radical treatment to see whether they can maintain a normal life while a doctor monitors the disease. This strategy of “active surveillance” involves testing and exams, says Upstate urologist Rakesh Khanna, MD, and a less aggressive variation is called “watchful waiting.” Both aim to avoid the incontinence and impotence that can result from surgery or radiation treatment, says Khanna, who also explains the promise and limitations of PSA (prostate-specific antigen) testing to screen for prostate cancer.


Surgeon offers alternative treatment for enlarged prostates

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Jessica Paonessa, MDA minimally invasive treatment offers long-lasting relief for benign prostate hyperplasia, or enlarged prostate, the most common prostate problem facing men over 50. Jessica Paonessa, MD, an assistant professor of urology at Upstate, describes the promise of holmium laser enucleation — the HoLEP procedure — which uses a laser to remove the problematic tissue and compares it to transurethral resection, the traditional procedure.


Men to Men group (prostate cancer)

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Jason Warchal & Ray StraubLearn about Men to Men, a prostate cancer support group that has existed in the Syracuse area since the mid-90′s. Ray Straub, one of the group’s facilitators, talks about the meetings with Jason Warchal, from the American Cancer Society. The group meets at 5 p.m. the last Thursday of month at the HealthLink offices in East Syracuse. Spouses and partners are welcome. Please call Upstate Connect at 315 464-8668 for more information.


A unique surgery built a new bladder to replace one damaged by cancer

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Gennady Bratslavsky, MDAl SustareUrologist Gennady Bratslavsky, MD is joined by patient Allan Sustare to share the aggressive and dramatic approach used to treat Sustare’s advanced bladder cancer. Bratslavsky is chair of Urology and director of the Prostate Cancer Program at Upstate Medical University.
Watch Sustare’s video: Cancer Survivor Allen Sustare delivers remarks at the Upstate Cancer Center ribbon cutting ceremony on the campus of Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. July 18, 2014.  Upstate Cancer Center 


‘Blood in the urine is never normal’ and more details about bladder cancer

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Oncologist Srinivas Vourganti, MD tells what you need to know about bladder cancer, the 4th leading cancer diagnosed in men – how it’s diagnosed, how it’s treated and what preventives and screenings are recommended. Vourganti is assistant professor of Urology at Upstate Medical University.


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”


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.