Archive - February 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 7:25am

While no one wants to think about the big “C” word when faced with an unknown medical ailment, it’s important for patients with abnormalities of the liver to rule out cancer. Prompt, accurate diagnosis is the first step to any successful treatment. As a surgeon at Roswell Park, I see all too often missed or delayed diagnosis of a rare type of cancer that forms in the bile ducts, called cholangiocarcinoma.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 11:12am

Last week's Roswellness Radio went inside Roswell Park's new Center for Personalized Medicine (CPM), a state-of-the-art facility that uses sequencing tools to provide individualized care for cancer patients.

Friday, February 22, 2013 - 2:32pm

What is the role of a sibling? Is it to be a protector? A pace car in the race of life? A built-in babysitter? A friend or an enemy?

All brothers and sisters must suss out these issues throughout their lives together. But when cancer comes into play, it can make answering this question far more urgent. In the weeks following my brother's brain cancer diagnosis, I found myself asking friends, family members, doctors, and all manner of deities—what am I supposed to do now?

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 3:19pm

In honor of Black History Month, I want to educate African Americans on the inequities that exist in health care treatment with the hope of inspiring change. Patients need to take a proactive approach to their health care and demand equality.  

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 8:54am

Willie Underwood III, MD, MPH, MSci, discusses cancer disparities during the most recent edition of Roswellness Radio. Dr. Underwood shares his own story about experiencing bias while receiving treatment. He also examines why and how racial stereotypes and discrimination exist in medical interactions.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 8:40am

Stephen Edge, MD, formerly of RPCI and Alfiero Foundation Endowed Chair in Breast Oncology, and Gokul Das, PhD, Co-Director of RPCI's Breast Disease Site Research Group joined Roswellness Radio this past Sunday. They discussed the effectiveness of tamoxifen, the first targeted therapy to be approved for treatment of breast cancer, for many patients with the disease. They also give information on how to participate in their continuing clinical study.

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 2:58pm

Understanding the relatively rare and lesser known gynecologic cancers can help you recognize warning signs that often mirror other, more common ailments. Fallopian tube, vulvar and vaginal cancers are highly treatable with early diagnosis. A preemptive approach to any sign of irregularity is a critical step in early detection. Educate yourself on your health history and pay close attention to what is normal for your body.

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 11:51am

The Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) has announced the results of a new study that may change the standard of care for women with advanced or recurrent cervical cancer. The findings of this clinical trial were recently released by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). One of the goals of this GOG study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a new treatment called bevacizumab (brand name AvastinTM).

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 3:45pm

The most recent edition of Roswellness Radio focused on cancer and infections. Brahm Segal, MD, Chief, Infectious Diseases and Kimberly Hinckley, RN, BSN, CIC, Senior Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator, discussed why cancer patients are at increased risk of developing infections. The pair also explained exactly how they work together to protect both the patients and staff at RPCI.

Friday, February 1, 2013 - 11:42am

With each new year comes a sense of hope. An opportunity to set ambitious goals, break bad habits and learn from past mistakes. It’s a free pass at a fresh start with endless possibilities for growth. But when you’re battling cancer, the promise of a new year is stifled by the stress of a life threatening illness.