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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.


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.


How sacral stimulators treat bowel incontinence

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Margaret Plocek MDColorectal surgeon Margaret Plocek, MD, will explain bowel incontinence – what it is, who develops it and how it’s treated, including a new technique using sacral nerve stimulation implants. Dr. Plocek is a colon and rectal surgeon at Colon Rectal Associates of CNY at Upstate’s Community campus.  For more information, call (315) 492-5860.


What is low testosterone, or ‘low t’?

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Upstate urologist JC Trussell, MD, talks about testosterone, or ‘low T’ – what it is, how it affects the body and treatments that are available today.  For more information:  Adult Urology Clinic at Upstate – call 315 464-1800.


New kidney cancer vaccine trial

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Gennady Bratslavsky MDDr. Gennady Bratslavsky, director of Upstate’s Prostate Cancer Program, reveals a new kidney cancer vaccine trial as a possible treatment for advanced renal cell carcinoma.  The study hopes to train the body’s own immune system to fight the cancer by making a vaccine from their own cancer cells. The study is open to patients with advanced kidney cancer.  For more information, call 315-464-1500.

Read the study, from

ADAPT Kidney Cancer Study


Male and female reconstructive urology

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Dmitriy Nikolavsky, MD Dr. Dmitriy Nikolavsky, new to Upstate Medical University, talks about his unique specialty – male and female reconstructive urology, including diagnosis and treatment options.  Read more about the Department of Urology at Upstate Medical University.


4/15/12 Incontinence and treatment options

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Shane Sopp, MDDr. Shane Sopp will discuss incontinence, and its impact on women who suffer from it.  He will also share methods of treating it — specifically the mesh products that have been used in “sling” procedures and problems that existed with the early versions.   View Dr. Sopp’s website.