Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 9:46am
April 22-26, 2013 marks National Volunteer Week and I am proud to call myself a volunteer as a front-door greeter at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
You can find me every Wednesday morning near Roswell Park’s front entrance, holding the door for visitors, helping new patients find their way around the building, and assisting with various drop-offs and deliveries. As a volunteer, I am here to help in any way I can.
I’m also very aware of the fact that, for those who may be first-time visitors, my face is the first they will see. With that in mind, I always try to...
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 12:39pm
What does your sex life have to do with your cancer risk? More than you might realize. This month, recognized as Oral Cancer Awareness Month, take a few minutes to understand how your sex life may affect your risk of oral cancer.
Although tobacco use and heavy drinking are the main risk factors for oral cancer, in recent years a growing number of cases have been linked to infection with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States; it’s estimated that...
Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 11:35am
Thanks to a National Cancer Institute (NCI) grant, I am leading a team of researchers at Roswell Park to study gender disparities in bladder cancer that will hopefully lead to bladder cancer prevention.
For several decades, it’s been known that bladder cancer is about four times more likely to occur in men than in women, but the reason why this happens is still a mystery. Some studies suggest that this phenomenon...
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 2:56pm
A new pilot program introduced to members of RPCI's Carly’s Club, offers patients, parents, and members of their care team a chance to learn a new heart-centered approach called Healing Touch. Healing Touch is recognized by the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) as an energy medicine or biofield therapy. Healing Touch recognizes a subtle energy field...
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 9:13am
In the most recent edition of Roswellness Radio, Nikhil Khushalani, MD, Director of the IL-2 Program at RPCI, discusses immunotherapy as an effective treatment for melanoma. Dr. Khushalani explains why melanoma is so receptive to immunotherapy, discusses the hope that this treatment can bring to melanoma patients, and shares a few facts about this disease.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 7:31am
Until recently, radiation therapy has played a very limited role in the treatment of kidney tumors. But, as Kidney Cancer Awareness Month winds down, I want to share with you a promising discovery and new clinical research study that may introduce a new role for radiation in fighting this disease.
The research involves an area of cancer medicine known as immunotherapy. At its very basic level, immunotherapy entails changing the body...
Friday, March 22, 2013 - 8:29am
Though they live only a few miles apart in Buffalo, Christine Lai first bonded with my brother six thousand miles away, on the snowy streets of Beijing.
Lai, an associate professor in Buffalo State's business department, shepherds a group of business students through the Forbidden City each winter. In 2011, David was one of them.
Lai remembers the 23-year-old Dave, a marketing major, as a "smart and motivated" student. Pictures of the trip show him healthy and rosy-cheeked, delighted to be exploring the world with Lai and her troop of twenty-somethings.