Adult Leukemia Resources & Services

We understand the worry and confusion that come with a diagnosis of cancer. In addition to superior medical care and the latest technology, Roswell Park provides a comprehensive range of services to help you cope with the emotional, financial and day-to-day concerns related to your illness.

When you walk through the doors of Roswell Park, rest assured that you’ll find the care and support you need — before, during and after your cancer treatment.

Communication in All Languages

Patients who do not speak English, or who would prefer to speak a language other than English, have easy access to interpreters. Roswell Park contracts with AT&T's Language Line, a phone service that provides professional interpretation by certified medical interpreters in more than 170 languages, 24 hours a day.

Non-English-speaking patients can access Language Line services by making arrangements through any member of their healthcare team or, if off-campus, by calling Roswell Park's Cancer Information Program at 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724), available Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Psychosocial Oncology

Our Psychosocial Oncology team is a lifeline for our leukemia patients, who often need to begin treatment quickly, even as they struggle to cope with their diagnosis. The team will support you from the very beginning, meet with you to determine your needs, offer counseling for you and your family, and provide a caregiver orientation and networking program for your loved ones.

As a comprehensive cancer center, we know that your social, emotional and spiritual well-being are as important as your physical health. Our social workers and clinical psychologists will work side by side with your medical team throughout your treatment and beyond. Services include:

  • Educational programs about leukemia
  • Emotional support, including support groups and psychotherapy
  • Assistance in arranging sick leave and disability
  • Arrangement of lodging, transportation or language/interpreter needs
  • Linkage with financial assistance programs and other community resources
  • Assistance with advance care planning, palliative care and/or hospice referrals, as needed

Nutrition

Good nutrition is especially important while you are receiving cancer care. During your treatment, adequate intake of calories, protein, vitamins and minerals will help you to be strong, maintain your weight, and promote the healing process. Before and after your treatment, a healthy diet based on moderation, variety and balance will help to promote a good immune system, give you energy, and enhance your overall health. Our Nutrition and Food Service team is dedicated to providing nourishing meals and nutrition care to promote quality of life throughout the spectrum of your cancer care experience.

Group seminars are available on a variety of topics including eating during cancer treatment, healthy eating and cancer-related fatigue.

How to Read Your Pathology Report

Cancer treatments are becoming more and more targeted, so an accurate and comprehensive analysis by a pathologist is critical in determining the best approach. Learn how to read your pathology report.

Other Resources and Information

Cancer Resource Center for Patients and Families

The Cancer Resource Center for Patients and Families houses a mini-library of cancer-related information, from the National Library of Medicine’s MEDLINE® database to details about clinical trials. Patients who have lost their hair as a result of cancer treatment may also visit the center to choose a free wig, and patients and family members may borrow DVDs to watch while they’re here at Roswell Park.
Location: Hospital - First floor, in the Sunflower Café - Conference Room A

Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Telephone: 716-845-8659


Leukemia/Lymphoma & Myeloma Family Support Group

Support groups are one way for patients and their loved ones to find encouragement and helpful advice after a diagnosis of multiple myeloma. Led by a trained facilitator, the Leukemia/Lymphoma & Myeloma Family Support Group offers support and education for you, your family and friends. This group is a partnership between Roswell Park’s Psychosocial Oncology and Nursing departments and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Western and Central New York.
Meets: The second Thursday of every month
Location: Life Transitions Center
1140 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14209
For information, or to register: 716-834-2578, ext. 4667

An Online Community for Support and Information

To expand care beyond the hospital’s walls and hours of operation, Roswell Park became the first member institution of CancerConnect.com, an online community for people affected by cancer. CancerConnect.com is intended to serve as a source of information for patients, family members and caregivers and as a 24/7 extension of the support networks that are an important resource for cancer survivors, their friends and family. Visit the CancerConnect website to register.

Data Bank and BioRepository

The Data Bank and BioRepository (DBBR) is a large database of information from patients and healthy individuals that may help us understand why some people get cancer and others do not. It may help shed light on the roles of lifestyle, genetics and environment in cancer; and explain why some patients do better with certain treatments. Participants must be over 18 and give a blood sample. Call 716-845-7774 to speak with a staff member and/or schedule an appointment. All information is confidential.

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