RPCI Cancer Talk

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 3:25pm

Her infectious smile and sparkly eyes light up the room as she dances around, seemingly without a care in the world. Looking at 9-year-old, Alexis, you would never guess that she has endured a battle no child should ever have to experience.

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 1:35pm

We asked four cancer survivors — all Roswell Park volunteers — to recall how they felt when cancer interrupted the holidays, and to offer coping strategies for patients and their loved ones who are going through the same thing this year.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 3:56pm

Whether you’re a patient or the friend or loved one of a patient, you may want something to do while you’re waiting around for test results, clinic appointments, and procedures. Roswell Park offers several ways to help you pass the time in the waiting area — and they’re all free!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 11:30am
After years of taking a bad rap as a sleep aid, it’s time for tryptophan to get the respect it deserves — because it’s really important to your immune system.

OK, time to stifle the Thanksgiving jokes about turkey making you drowsy. Yes, there’s an amino acid called tryptophan in turkey, and it does help your body produce a chemical called serotonin, which promotes a good night’s sleep. But chicken, beef, nuts, and cheese also contain tryptophan, and no one’s pointing the finger at them. So if you nod off after dinner, it’s probably due to all the carbs in that pile of brown-and-serve rolls you scarfed down.

Monday, November 21, 2016 - 3:30pm
The Cost of Cancer

Planning ahead, choosing the right insurance plan and negotiating the right network coverage will help you reduce stress and make the process towards recovery easier. No one plans for a diagnosis of cancer in his or her life, so it’s advisable to investigate options for health care coverage while you are healthy.

Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 8:00am

There are certain times of year when my cancer story makes me feel incredibly isolated. There’s the time surrounding April 14, the day I was diagnosed, July 29, the day I was deemed “in remission” and, the one I’ve experienced most recently, the month of October.

Friday, November 18, 2016 - 4:20pm

In the United States, hair and beauty are multibillion-dollar industries, with the average woman spending about $50,000 on her hair over a lifetime. Clearly, good hair days are important and for most women, play a strong role in personal identity, self-confidence and the image presented to the world. So when patients begin treatment for cancer, the concern over hair loss sits front and center on the list of side effects that are likely to become an important part of their experience.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 4:46pm

At Roswell Park, we are doing our part to help underserved patients gain access to life-saving treatments, manage the cost of care and navigate insurance red tape. We discussed our initiatives during the Buffalo Cancer Moonshot Summit, and we are dedicated to the national effort.

Monday, November 14, 2016 - 1:31pm

Experts who help people quit smoking say that one key to success is choosing a specific date to quit. If you’ve been putting it off, here’s the date to circle on your calendar: Thursday, Nov. 17.

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 9:00am

If you had told Craig Wittmann back in 2009 that he would be cycling across New York State, he would have been thrilled, but also skeptical. That’s because at that time, the husband and father of two was in the fight of his life with stage IV non-Hodgkin lymphoma.