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.
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.
Our Psychosocial Oncology team is a lifeline for our lymphoma patients as they struggle to cope with their diagnosis. The team will support you from the very beginning, meet with you to determine your needs and offer counseling for you and your family.
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:
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.
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.
RPCI’s cancer information specialists have received intensive training to help you sort through the vast amount of cancer-related information online. They are available to assist you in person or over the phone.
Stop by the Cancer Resource Center for Patients and Families where our cancer information specialists can help you search for cancer-related information — anything from definitions of medical terms to details about available clinical trials. They’ll explain everything in easy-to-understand language and will be happy to help you. During your visit at the Cancer Resource Center, you’ll also have a chance to select a wig, free of charge, if you have lost your hair as a result of your treatment.
Location: Hospital - First floor, in the Sunflower Café - Conference Room A
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Support groups are one source of caring support for you and your family. Led by a trained moderator, the Leukemia/Lymphoma & Myeloma Family Support Group offers psychological support and education, and gives you a chance to ask questions, discuss concerns and learn about resources available to you at Roswell Park and in the community.
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
A registered nurse manages this telephone support group, designed for those who would have to travel a long distance to attend regular Leukemia & Lymphoma Society support group meetings. For more information, call 1-800-784-2368, x4667, or email email@example.com to register.
To expand care beyond the hospital’s walls and hours of operation, Roswell Park became the first member institution of an online community for people affected by cancer. CancerConnect.com is intended as both a source of information for patients, family members and caregivers and 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.
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.