Archive - February 2013
Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 7:25am
While no one wants to think about the big “C” word when faced with an unknown medical ailment, it’s important for patients with abnormalities of the liver to rule out cancer. Prompt, accurate diagnosis is the first step to any successful treatment. As a surgeon at Roswell Park, I see all too often missed or delayed diagnosis of a rare type of cancer that forms in the bile ducts, called cholangiocarcinoma.
Cholangiocarcinoma can start anywhere along the bile ducts and can cause...
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 11:12am
Last week's Roswellness Radio went inside Roswell Park's new Center for Personalized Medicine (CPM), a state-of-the-art facility that uses sequencing tools to provide individualized care for cancer patients. RPCI Deputy Director Candace Johnson, PhD, Center for Personalized Medicine Executive Director Carl Morrison, MD, DVM, and Elisa Rodriguez, PhD, Director of Community Engagement Resource, explain why the CPM was...
Friday, February 22, 2013 - 2:32pm
What is the role of a sibling? Is it to be a protector? A pace car in the race of life? A built-in babysitter? A friend or an enemy?
All brothers and sisters must suss out these issues throughout their lives together. But when cancer comes into play, it can make answering this question far more urgent. In the weeks following my brother's brain cancer diagnosis, I found myself asking friends, family members, doctors, and all manner of deities—what am I supposed to do now?
My brother David and I have always been close. My mother tells me that in the months...
Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 3:19pm
In honor of Black History Month, I want to educate African Americans on the inequities that exist in health care treatment with the hope of inspiring change. Patients need to take a proactive approach to their health care and demand equality.
African Americans disproportionately die each year due to inappropriate care. Overall, 83,000 additional deaths occur because of inequities in health care treatment. Although we don’t know what proportion of those deaths are cancer-related, we do know that African Americans have a higher mortality rate for breast, lung and...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 8:54am
Willie Underwood III, MD, MPH, MSci, discusses cancer disparities during the most recent edition of Roswellness Radio. Dr. Underwood shares his own story about experiencing bias while receiving treatment. He also examines why and how racial stereotypes and discrimination exist in medical interactions.
Roswell Park Cancer Institute strives to understand, reduce, eliminate and prevent cancer disparities in vulnerable and medically underserved populations....
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 8:40am
Stephen Edge, MD, Alfiero Foundation Endowed Chair in Breast Oncology, and Gokul Das, PhD, Co-Director of RPCI's Breast Disease Site Research Group joined Roswellness Radio this past Sunday. They discussed the effectiveness of tamoxifen, the first targeted therapy to be approved for treatment of breast cancer, for many patients with the disease. They also give information on how to participate in their continuing clinical study.
Monday, February 11, 2013 - 2:58pm
Understanding the relatively rare and lesser known gynecologic cancers can help you recognize warning signs that often mirror other, more common ailments. Fallopian tube, vulvar and vaginal cancers are highly treatable with early diagnosis. A preemptive approach to any sign of irregularity is a critical step in early detection. Educate yourself on your health history and pay close attention to what is normal for your body.
Carcinoma of the vagina is relatively uncommon, affecting only 1- 2 percent of women...
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