Archive - January 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 3:36pm

HIPEC Cytoreduction/Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemoperfusion is the process of directly applying chemotherapy agents to abdominal cancers. Roswell Park has been utilizing HIPEC for about ten years with promising outcomes. John Kane III, MD, Chief of the Melanoma/Sarcoma Service, and Joseph Skitzki, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgical Oncology and Associate Member of the Department of Immunology, visited Roswellness Radio last Sunday to describe HIPEC in greater detail, how it works, and which patients may be eligible.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 9:34am

One week before my brother was set to study business in Singapore this summer, Dr. Metchler delivered his alarming news.

After nearly a year of clear MRIs, Dr. Metchler was seeing something new. The images he’d received in May seemed to suggest a new growth of malignant cells deep inside David’s brain.

My memory of this moment is admittedly fuzzy, but I’m sure our faces betrayed the panic and sadness we felt as we jumped to what felt like an obvious conclusion: summer in Singapore was out. 

Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 8:00am

Although rare, about 38,000 Americans die from pancreatic cancer each year, making it the fourth deadliest type of cancer in the United States. In an effort to slow the death rate of this disease, doctors and researchers have worked feverishly to come up with advancements in treatment.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 9:11am

The RPCI Donor Center's Maria Turner appeared on Roswellness Radio on Sunday to discuss platelet donations. Maria talked about the need for platelet donations and why they are so important to cancer patients. Joining Maria was longtime platelet donor Nancy, who discussed her experience as a regular donor at RPCI. The pair also explained who exactly can give platelets and how to get in touch with the Donor Center.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 1:30pm

If a family member or friend is going through cancer treatment at Roswell Park, you may find yourself looking for a way to become actively involved. There are many great ways to assist in your loved one’s fight against cancer, but at The Donor Center at Roswell Park, we believe one of the very best is by donating your time and platelets.

Friday, January 18, 2013 - 1:32pm

Most cervical cancers are diagnosed around midlife, but preventative measures against this disease can, and should, start much younger. Let me explain why.

Research has helped us understand that around 99%, so nearly all, of cervical cancers are caused by an ongoing infection with human papillomavirus, or HPV. Around 50% of all sexually active men and women are infected with HPV, but most don’t even know they are infected and are passing it on to others. This is because it often causes no symptoms and can clear on its own over time.  

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 3:14pm

Last week's Roswellness Radio featured a discussion about cervical cancer and the human papillomavirus (HPV). This previously-aired episode from January 13, 2012, with Drs. Martin Mahoney, MD, PhD, and Peter Frederick, MD, touches on risk factors -- particularly HPV -- treatment options, diagnostic procedures and ways to prevent the disease.

Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 4:00am

The majority of cancer is sporadic and caused by genetic changes during your lifetime. However, approximately 5-10 percent of cancers are inherited. When changes (or mutations) in specific genes are passed from one blood relative to another, the risk for developing cancer greatly increases, and usually at an earlier age. This is known as Hereditary Cancer Syndrome.

Genetic testing can help determine whether or not you carry a mutation. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 2:42pm

Last Sunday's Roswellness Radio featured a discussion on the link between obesity and cancer. Chi-Chen Hong, PhD, an epidemiologist and Assistant Member of the Department of Cancer Prevention and Control at RPCI, explained which specific cancers appear to be connected with obesity and examined the overall rise of obesity in the United States.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 2:22pm

“Quitting smoking” is always among the top list of New Year’s resolutions. And for good reason. To help kick the habit, many turn to smoking cessation aides, and e-cigarettes have emerged as an alternative to traditional tobacco products. But do they help you quit? Here’s what we know:

What are e-cigarettes?