Russian man travels to Syracuse for treatment from ‘highly skilled people’

Two Upstate department chairs were featured on the local news station, YNN for taking care of a man who travels to Syracuse from Russia for cancer treatment.

Yuri Churakov’s son, Alexei told reporter Kat De Maria they chose Upstate after researching the best methods and places to treat his father’s kidney tumors, which have spread to his lungs and brain. “We are in the hands of highly skilled people, and we trust them,” he said.

Gennady Bratslavsky MD, chairman of the Urology Department, explained that Churakov’s care requires a multidisciplinary approach. The Churakovs were in Syracuse in early June for the first step, using the gamma knife to eliminate his brain tumor.

“The goal here is to kill off the tumor with very intense radiotherapy,” said Jeffrey Bogart MD, Radiation Oncology Department chairman. The Churakovs are expected to return to Syracuse for additional care.

See the YNN report

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