Archive - August 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 3:27pm

Occupational therapists (OT) are part of the rehabilitation team at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and we focus on assisting patients with optimizing their functional independence. As an OT at Roswell Park, I regularly work with patients who are experiencing cancer-related fatigue. The exact cause of cancer-related fatigue is unknown, however certain factors and treatments are associated with it including chemotherapy, radiation, blood and bone marrow transplants, pain, and anemia.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 9:08am

Secondary cancers sometimes occur after a patient receives an initial, separate cancer diagnosis. Stephen Edge, MD, former RPCI Breast Center Medical Director and former RPCI Chief of Breast Surgery; Denise Rokitka, MD, MPH, Director of Roswell Park's Pediatric Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic; and Lynda Beaupin, MD, Director of Roswell Park's Adolescent and Young Adult Program join Roswellness Radio to discuss secondary cancers.

Friday, August 24, 2012 - 3:25pm

As a follow-up to my recent post on treatment options for advanced sarcoma, I wanted to highlight a few of the clinical trials we currently have open here at Roswell Park. We continue to explore new drugs and combinations of drugs that show promise in treating this diverse group of cancers.

Click below to learn about these studies and watch my video for a basic overview of what they entail.   

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 8:28am

This week's Roswellness Radio spotlights smoking and cancer treatment. Graham Warren, MD, PhD, formerly of Roswell Park, discusses recent research about tobacco and its relation to treatment, and details RPCI's smoking cessation program, Just Breathe.

Monday, August 20, 2012 - 2:01pm

Soft tissue sarcoma is a type of cancer that begins in body tissue like fat, muscle, nerves or blood vessels. Sarcoma can occur anywhere in the body, including the arms and legs, and there are upwards of 50 soft tissue sarcoma subtypes. These variations add to the complexity of both treating this rare disease and discovering new effective therapies.

Friday, August 17, 2012 - 1:30pm

The Breast Cancer Risk Assessment and Prevention Program at Roswell Park is a specialty program for women who have no personal history of breast cancer but who are at an increased risk of developing the disease. This multidisciplinary program offers several resources such as comprehensive risk assessment, risk-reduction counseling, patient education resources and prevention trials.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 1:52pm

Willie Underwood III, MD, MPH, MSci, Associate Professor in the Department of Urology and the Office of Cancer Health Disparities Research, joins this week’s Roswellness Radio to break down the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Underwood explains the significance of the act, what changes to expect, and what it means to cancer patients.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 7:07pm

Pregnancy can be one of the most exciting and fulfilling times of a woman’s life. Although receiving a cancer diagnosis during this period of time is rare, it can, unfortunately, still happen. It is important for women to remain educated on cancer and how it relates to pregnancy.

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 8:15am

Parabens are preservatives used in some sunscreens and also in a variety of cosmetic products.  Preservatives are used in products to prevent growth of microorganisms that can cause infection, much like preservatives used in food.

Questions have been raised about whether parabens have the ability to promote tumor growth, specifically breast tumors, because of their potential estrogen-like effects.

However, studies so far have not shown this to be a legitimate concern.  According to an FDA statement on the topic, last updated in June 2011:

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 8:36am

This week's edition of Roswellness Radio features a discussion about voluntary certification programs and how they assist patient care at Roswell Park. Dana Jenkins, MS, Vice President of Organizational Performance Improvement, and Margarita Coyne, RN, MS, Director of Patient Care Services talk about the importance of organizations such as The Joint Commission and The Leapfrog Group.