Archive - March 2013

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 9:13am

Nikhil Khushalani, MD, formerly of RPCI, discusses immunotherapy as an effective treatment for melanoma. Dr. Khushalani explains why melanoma is so receptive to immunotherapy, discusses the hope that this treatment can bring to melanoma patients, and shares a few facts about this disease.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 7:31am
Thomas Schwaab, MD, PhD

Until recently, radiation therapy has played a very limited role in the treatment of kidney tumors. But, as Kidney Cancer Awareness Month winds down, I want to share with you a promising discovery and new clinical research study that may introduce a new role for radiation in fighting this disease.   

Friday, March 22, 2013 - 8:29am

Though they live only a few miles apart in Buffalo, Christine Lai first bonded with my brother six thousand miles away, on the snowy streets of Beijing.

Lai, an associate professor in Buffalo State's business department, shepherds a group of business students through the Forbidden City each winter. In 2011, David was one of them.

Lai remembers the 23-year-old Dave, a marketing major, as a "smart and motivated" student. Pictures of the trip show him healthy and rosy-cheeked, delighted to be exploring the world with Lai and her troop of twenty-somethings.

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 12:21pm

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and I want to educate the public on some preemptive steps and lifestyle changes that can successfully alter the development of this disease. In order to make healthy changes in your life, it’s important to recognize the culprits.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 10:41am

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and Steven Nurkin, MD, took time to discuss this disease with Roswellness Radio last Sunday. Dr. Nurkin emphasized the importance of colorectal cancer screening and the role it can play in prevening this disease. He was joined by colorectal cancer survivor, Debbie Byrnes, also an advocate for screening. Debbie, whose cancer spread to her lungs and liver, has been living without cancer for over three years. She discussed her feelings after being diagnosed and detailed the treatments she received at Roswell Park.

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 7:29am
Ermelinda Bonaccio

It may not be perfect, but right now mammography is the best test we have for routine screening of breast cancer. There is a lot of chatter online and in the public about whether other tests, such as thermography, can be used in place of an annual mammogram. However, there is no solid scientific research showing that these alternative screening options reduce risk of death from breast cancer.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 10:12am

Lynda Kwon Beaupin, MD, Assistant Professor of Oncology, and Suzanne Hess, PhD, CHTP, stopped by Roswellness Radio this past Sunday to discuss the Healing Touch Pilot Program at Roswell Park. Dr. Hess, Co-Director of the program, explained more about Healing Touch, designed to help relieve the symptoms of cancer treatment at any stage of a patient's cancer journey. Teresa O'Connor, whose eight-year-old daughter is a Healing Touch participant, joined the doctors to speak about the benefits of the program.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 8:40am

In addition to diagnosing, treating and researching cancer, Roswell Park offers a wide array of supportive services for patients and their families. Dana Jenkins, Vice President of Organizational Performance Improvement, Susan Sharcot, formerly of Roswell Park, and volunteer Linda Steinhorn stopped by Roswellness Radio last week to discuss these services — including psychosocial support,

Friday, March 1, 2013 - 2:55pm

At some point in your cancer journey, a long hospital stay may be inevitable. Some days, sleep may be your go-to pastime to combat nausea, pain or side effects from treatment. Although rest and relaxation are keys to recuperation, after a while, hospitals can feel like a whole lot of waiting around.