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This week: prostate cancer, rehabilitation and fracking

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 University Hospital urologist Rakesh Khanna, and a less aggressive variation is called “watchful waiting.” Both approaches 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.

Also on this week’s show: what patients can expect from a rehabilitation team, plus the scientific evidence on hydraulic fracturing.

Join us Sunday, January 10 at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.