Archive - May 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013 - 10:04am

How many more years of illness and death from smoking-related diseases must we endure before true change takes place?

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 3:40pm
Three years ago, during a routine check-up with her primary care physician, Donna mentioned a sore on her nose that wouldn't heal. A consultation with a dermatologist revealed basal cell carcinoma.

As a teen, Donna Warner worshiped the sun from dawn to dusk. Eager to achieve a bronze complexion like her dark-haired siblings, her fair skin took a beating. Ignoring the painful sunburns she often endured, Donna continued to tan for many years. She would frequent tanning salons during the colder months to maintain her tan, and eventually purchased an indoor tanning bed for her home.

Friday, May 24, 2013 - 3:29pm

How to enjoy healthy, summertime grilling  

Memorial Day weekend is here, which signals the unofficial start of summer and, for many, a kick-start to the backyard grilling season.

I’m often asked this time of year if red meat and grilling are really that bad for our health. The most up-to-date research states: “Do so in moderation.” This sums up the best advice I can give on red meat, grilling and its potential impact on your cancer risk.

Monday, May 20, 2013 - 12:50pm

Nothing can change the caliber of a conversation—or a relationship—quite like cancer. Like an acquaintance we've been trying to avoid, mortality suddenly appears in the room, and from then on, it never leaves. By choosing to invite the Big C into our social lives, we are always taking a risk—a risk that our friends and partners might not react well, might freeze or run away. For people with cancer and their close friends and families, it's a risk we take every day.

Friday, May 17, 2013 - 2:51pm

When it comes to kidney cancer, there has been more promising news as of late. Treatments for the disease have changed dramatically over the past few years. We now have new drugs that have shown very significant benefits for our patients whose cancer has unfortunately returned after surgical removal.

Most of these new drugs cut the blood supply to tumors, essentially “starving” them. These type of drugs are called antiangiogenic drugs, or angiogenesis inhibitors.

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 7:48am

Cancer research is really at the heart of everything we do at Roswell Park. Our mission—to understand, prevent and cure cancer—cannot move forward without it.

Although we focus on research each and every day at Roswell Park, I want to highlight its role this month for National Cancer Research Month and help explain a little about how cancer research works.

Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 11:04am
More than 90 percent of children younger than 10 years of age who are diagnosed with cancer are treated at cancer centers that participate in National Cancer Institute (NCI)-sponsored clinical trials, and more than half of them are enrolled onto a study. This helps explain the dramatic improvements in survival rates for pediatric cancers over the past three decades.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 3:09pm
A little over six years ago, Sandra Szopinski caught a segment on the news featuring Roswell Park's first therapy dog, Monte. At the time, Sandra's eight-year-old golden doodle, Rorie, had already passed therapy dog testing. After seeing the news report, Sandra instantly felt compelled to call Roswell Park to find out more about our Pet Therapy Program.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 1:24pm

Roswell Park recently honored March as Myeloma Awareness Month and I want to share with you some of the exciting research being done regarding multiple myeloma treatment.

My colleague, Hong Liu, MD, is the principal investigator of an exciting Phase 3 clinical trial that we hope will improve treatment for multiple myeloma patients. Patients up to the age of 70 who are in good physical condition are eligible for this clinical trial.

This trial will consist of three separate groups: