Archive - March 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 12:19pm

Multiple Myeloma is the second most common type of hematologic cancer, or cancer found in the cells of blood or bone marrow. Because March is National Myeloma Awareness Month, I’d like to take this opportunity to share some basic information about the disease.

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 12:28pm

March is National Nutrition Month. We all know our eating habits have a definitive impact on our overall health. For cancer patients, nutrition is especially important as it plays an essential role in the healing and recovery process.

As part of a team of Registered Dietitians at Roswell Park, I work with patients to help them maintain optimal nutrition before, during and after cancer treatment. Our team is available to patients in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 4:05pm

A diagnosis of cancer changes your life, and the lives of those closest to you, forever. It impacts you physically, emotionally, socially … every way imaginable.

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness--whatever the diagnosis.

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 1:15pm

Each year, more than 50,000 people die of colorectal cancer. The good news is that death rates are on a steady decline, and the American Cancer Society (ACS) projects that the 2020 death rate will be 50% lower than the 2000 rate. That forecast is based on the assumption that more people will take advantage of colon cancer screening, fewer people will smoke, consumption of red meat will decline, and more effective chemotherapy drugs will be introduced.

In order to protect yourself against colorectal cancer, you need the facts. 

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 2:23pm

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. It’s the perfect opportunity to find out what you should know about colorectal cancer, the third most common type of cancer in men and women.

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 10:59am

Scott knows all too well the consequences of using indoor tanning beds.

He has the scar to prove it.

At age 27, Scott is a melanoma survivor. Delighted with his new bronze glow after returning from a Spring-break vacation in Florida, he started tanning at age 16 to maintain the look. Getting his driver’s license made sneaking away to the tanning salon even easier.

The son of a medical professional, Scott neglected to heed warnings from his parents about the health risks associated with the ultraviolet (UV) radiation emitted by tanning beds.