Archive - September 2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 5:29pm

Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month (September) is the perfect time for women to make sure they understand their risk for ovarian cancer. The second most common type of gynecological cancer, ovarian cancer is also the most lethal because it is usually detected at later stages, when it is more difficult to treat.   

While we are still working to fully understand the underlying causes and risk factors for ovarian cancer, there are some red flags that you can use to understand if you may be at elevated risk. Take a minute to answer the questions below.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 8:08pm

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. Everyone has a thyroid gland, and, despite the lack of a screening test for the disease, understanding and recognizing the signs and symptoms is key to catching it early. Thankfully, thyroid cancers that are detected early are highly curable.

Friday, September 21, 2012 - 1:22pm

While there is no way to fully prepare for a cancer diagnosis, it's important to pay attention to any warning signs and recognize symptoms. Early detection is the key to battling cancer. Thankfully, more than 80 percent of children beat cancer and go on to lead happy, productive adult lives. 

In honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, here are some tips for parents trying to cope with their child’s cancer diagnosis.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 9:04am

Brandee Aquilino, PsyD, MA, and Kristen Fix, LMSW, joined this week's Roswellness Radio to discuss childhood cancers and their effect on not only the patient, but the entire family. They list common issues faced during a pediatric cancer diagnosis, and also touch on available resources for patients and families.

Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 7:19am

It’s become a running joke in our family: “Hey, give us a break. We don’t know what we’re doing. After all, this is our first brain tumor!”

All families who come through the doors of Roswell Park Cancer Institute are rookies at this, to some degree. Including ours. After all, no one plans for cancer the way they do for college. And every cancer is different.

But still, a nagging sensation remains that we should all be better at this, somehow.

If you’ve been feeling this way, read on. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 11:34am

Ovarian and gynecological cancers are both nationally recognized throughout the month of September. On last Sunday’s Roswellness Radio, Stacey Akers, MD; ovarian cancer survivor Chris; and her daughter Nicole spoke about uterine, cervical, and ovarian cancers. The three discussed symptoms, treatment, and risk management for these diseases.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 3:57pm
Growing pains are present during toddler and pre-teen years, but if the pain persists, it might be something more serious. Our blog explains what is typically the first symptom of bone cancer in children, and provides advice on when to call the doctor.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and is also celebrated as Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month. I’d like to recognize both by sharing with you a research project that is aimed at improving treatment options for lymphoma, which is the third most common type of childhood cancer and also one of the most common in adolescents and young adults.

While the month itself is only 30 days long, we are constantly exploring new options—and new hope—for children with cancer.  Now three years in the making, my childhood lymphoma study has two main goals in mind:

Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 3:22pm

The types of cancers that develop in children are different from those that develop in adults. Lifestyle or environmental risk factors don’t play a role. Instead, it’s usually the result of DNA changes in cells that take place very early in life.

Because of major treatment advances, more than 80 percent of children with cancer now survive five years or more. Still, cancer is the second leading cause of death in children younger than 15 years old, after accidents.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 8:51am

If you smoke, quit. It will be the smartest decision you make on your journey to fight cancer. There’s nothing more damaging to your treatment and overall health than tobacco use. The sooner you quit the better. Smoking decreases your chance of survival, increases your chance of cancer recurrence, and exposes you to a number of other ailments – including a second cancer down the road, pulmonary disease and heart disease.