Research & Education
Cancer Can't Win
When you are dealing with carcinoid tumors, there is so much information to take in. In a series of videos, Renuka Iyer, MD, will help you understand the terminology and your treatment options. You can watch them with your loved ones to help you understand this condition.
We understand the worry and confusion that come with a diagnosis of cancer. In addition to superior medical care and the latest technology, Roswell Park provides a comprehensive range of services to help you cope with the emotional, financial and day-to-day concerns related to your illness.
When you walk through the doors of Roswell Park, rest assured that you’ll find the care and support you need — before, during and after your cancer treatment.
Patients who do not speak English or who would prefer to speak a language other than English have easy access to interpreters. Roswell Park contracts with AT&T’s Language Line, a phone service that provides professional interpretation by certified medical interpreters in more than 170 languages, 24 hours a day.
Non-English-speaking patients can access Language Line services by making arrangements through any member of their healthcare team or, if off-campus, by calling Roswell Park’s Cancer Information Program at 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724), available Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Adjusting to a cancer diagnosis and coping with treatment is difficult for most cancer patients. The psychosocial support at Roswell Park helps patients and their families cope with these challenges.
Our team of social workers and clinical psychologists work side by side with your medical team to provide individualized assistance and support to you and your family throughout the course of care. Services include:
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Of all the side effects of cancer, pain is most feared by patients. Unfortunately, this fear is not without grounds. Approximately 60 percent to 90 percent of patients with advanced cancer report significant pain, and one-third state that it interferes with daily activity. The truth is that 90 percent of all cancer-related pain can be alleviated, eliminated or significantly reduced by available means.
How should you determine the quality of a cancer pain management program? Look at the stats. Eighty-five percent of patients who receive treatment at Roswell Park report “very” and “totally” successful outcomes in controlling or eliminating their pain after three months. According to our pain management doctors, there have been no patient reports of RPCI interventions being either “not successful” or “mildly successful,” (see chart) and our patients have had substantially lower hospital stays than similar patients at other comprehensive cancer centers.
Good nutrition is especially important while you are receiving cancer care. During your treatment, adequate intake of calories, protein, vitamins and minerals will help you to be strong, maintain your weight, and promote the healing process. Before and after your treatment, a healthy diet based on moderation, variety and balance will help to promote a good immune system, give you energy, and enhance your overall health. Our Nutrition and Food Service team is dedicated to providing nourishing meals and nutrition care to promote quality of life throughout the spectrum of your cancer care experience.
Group seminars are available on a variety of topics including eating during cancer treatment, healthy eating and cancer-related fatigue.
The Clinical Genetics Service was established to meet the needs of individuals at high risk for hereditary cancer syndromes based on their personal and/or family histories of cancer. This program is comprised of professionals who provide individuals and their families with a comprehensive, personalized cancer risk evaluation — based on the most timely, accurate information available — in a caring, confidential setting. Call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) for more information.
Cancer treatments are becoming more and more targeted, so an accurate and comprehensive analysis by a pathologist is critical in determining the best approach. Learn how to read your pathology report.
Community Cancer Resource Center: RPCI’s cancer information specialists are uniquely qualified to help locate and evaluate the overwhelming amount of online information. They can help with basic cancer information, advanced medical information, and everything in between. Trained cancer information specialists use easy-to-understand terms to explain medical information and provide each visitor with a thorough and personalized experience.
Location: Hospital - First floor in the Sunflower Café - Conference Room A
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Telephone: 716-845-8659 - Call toll free 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) to speak to a cancer information specialist in English or Spanish. You can leave a message after hours and your call will be returned on the next business day.
Western New York Carcinoid Support Group: The Western New York Carcinoid Support Group provides an opportunity for carcinoid patients, caregivers, friends and medical professionals to get together and discuss the issues relating to carcinoid and neuroendocrine tumors. It’s a great way to share experiences and knowledge of the many treatment options that are available to carcinoid patients.
Healthy Living Tips: Check out all of our short videos on carcinoid syndrome, and be sure to take a special look at the one on healthy living tips. You’ll get helpful information on ways to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Roswell Park's Amherst Center: You may be able to receive some of your outpatient treatment at our Amherst Center, located at 100 College Parkway in Amherst, NY. The facility was designed specifically to reduce both wait times and travel time for residents living in the northeast suburbs of Buffalo.