RPCI Cancer Talk

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 8:31am

A CT (computed tomography) scan, also referred to as a CAT (computed axial tomography) scan, is an x-ray technique used to create a cross-sectional image. CT scans are used to detect tumors and to continue tracking any changes in their growth.

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 4:20pm

More than 10 years after the founding of what we now call Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the New York State Health Department noted with embarrassment that something was missing.

Friday, June 10, 2016 - 8:00am

Cancer treatment can affect appetite and digestion making it difficult to enjoy the foods you love. While you might not always feel like eating, it's important to do what you can to maintain your intake of calories, protein and fluids. Think of good nutrition as an essential part of your recovery and do what you can to make it a priority.

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 9:52am

A genetic consultation is often recommended for people who are concerned about their risk for cancer due to a personal or family history of cancer.

Monday, June 6, 2016 - 3:12pm

When radiation therapy is delivered from outside the body, it travels through the skin to the tumor, damaging healthy skin cells along the way. This can lead to radiation dermatitis (irritated skin), which can last several weeks after treatment ends.

Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 5:22pm

When people ask how I am doing or what my cancer experience was like, I struggle to find the words. I struggle because everyone seems to have been touched by this devastating disease. They themselves may have fought cancer, lost a loved one too soon, met someone whose life was changed by the disease, or rallied behind a stranger through social media. We are all incredibly connected and aware of struggles and celebrations in the lives of others.

Friday, June 3, 2016 - 3:37pm

The shock of a cancer diagnosis is a jarring, life-altering experience that, unfortunately, is not exclusive to adults. Over 10,000 American children under the age of 15 will be diagnosed this year, and rates continue to rise. Dr. Elena Ladas has done extensive research on therapies such as acupuncture, massage and dietary therapy and how they may be able to assist in reducing treatment-associated side effects.

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 5:05pm

Most of us enjoy the feeling of being in a clean home. But how good for you is that fresh and clean feeling? Soaps, detergents, bleaching agents, softeners, scourers, polish and specialized cleaners may deliver sparkling clean floors, counters and windows along with fresh, clean scents.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 1:30pm

Having such a simple question asked a certain way can really humanize you during a time when normalcy seems like the distant past. I was still Mary. I still had the same parents, same car and same clothes. Why should being a little extra sick make a difference?

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 3:43pm

Children undergoing cancer treatments will experience many hurdles – from psychosocial issues and emotional distress to learning problems and health risks. Unfortunately, this age group is also prone to noticeable changes in their physical appearance.