Archive - September 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 5:29pm
Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month (September) is the perfect time for women to make sure they understand their risk for ovarian cancer. The second most common type of gynecological cancer, ovarian cancer is also the most lethal because it is usually detected at later stages, when it is more difficult to treat.
While we are still working to fully understand the underlying causes and risk factors for ovarian cancer, there are some red flags that you can use to understand if you may be at elevated risk. Take a minute to answer the questions below.
1. Do you have a...
Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 3:22pm
The types of cancers that develop in children are different from those that develop in adults. Lifestyle or environmental risk factors don’t play a role. Instead, it’s usually the result of DNA changes in cells that take place very early in life.
Because of major treatment advances, more than 80 percent of children with cancer now survive five years or more. Still, cancer is the second leading cause of death in children younger than 15 years old, after accidents.
Cancers in children are sometimes hard to recognize because common...
September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. Everyone has a thyroid gland, and, despite the lack of a screening test for the disease, understanding and recognizing the signs and symptoms is key to catching it early. Thankfully, thyroid cancers that are detected early are highly curable.
The thyroid gland affects many functions in the body - heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and weight. It is located in the lower, front part of the neck and contains two lobes, the left lobe and the right lobe. Like any other...
Friday, September 21, 2012 - 1:22pm
More than 80 percent of children beat cancer and go on to lead happy, productive adult lives.
Despite the positive prognosis for pediatric cancer, it’s an earth-shattering experience. Helpless is an understatement as you watch your child fight for their life. You’ll blame yourself, question your decisions and ponder the "what ifs." You’ll adopt a new vocabulary that you never wanted to learn. You’ll read every bit of literature on the disease and spend hours wading through websites looking for answers. As parents we learn to protect our children and...
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 9:04am
Brandee Aquilino, PsyD, MA, and Kristen Fix, LMSW, joined this week's Roswellness Radio to discuss childhood cancers and their effect on not only the patient, but the entire family. They list common issues faced during a pediatric cancer diagnosis, and also touch on available resources for patients and families.
Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 7:19am
It’s become a running joke in our family: “Hey, give us a break. We don’t know what we’re doing. After all, this is our first brain tumor!”
All families who come through the doors of Roswell Park Cancer Institute are rookies at this, to some degree. Including ours. After all, no one plans for cancer the way they do for college. And every cancer is different.
But still, a nagging sensation remains that we should all be better at this, somehow.
If you’ve been feeling this way, read on.
Over the next several months...
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 11:34am
Ovarian and gynecological cancers are both nationally recognized throughout the month of September. On last Sunday’s Roswellness Radio, Stacey Akers, MD; ovarian cancer survivor Chris; and her daughter Nicole spoke about uterine, cervical, and ovarian cancers. The three discussed symptoms, treatment, and risk management for these diseases.
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