Archive - June 2013

Friday, June 28, 2013 - 3:35pm

Every day, Kristen Fix and Brandee Aquilino, members of the AYA and Pediatric Psychosocial Team at RPCI, offer guidance and support to adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer as they navigate the road to recovery.

Equipped with a sympathetic ear, they tackle some tough questions about life with cancer.

Friday, June 28, 2013 - 12:57pm

For decades, researchers have been aware of the body's potential to use its own immune system in the fight against cancer. However, our ability to use immunotherapy in such a way that it actually impacts patient response has improved vastly over the last five years.

We know each patient is different and the genetics of individual tumors vary greatly. Armed with that knowledge, we are discovering how the immune system suppresses or adapts to these different types of tumors and cancers.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 2:08pm

On paper, it's a simple task. Just grab a dictionary and flip to S.

But in practice, it's rarely easy.

My brother, David, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2011, defines a survivor like himself as “anyone living with cancer or anyone who has been cured of it.”

My mother, Joanne, a colon cancer survivor since 2004, refers to a three-part definition she recently found online:

Monday, June 24, 2013 - 3:13pm

Eat your veggies! Eat a “rainbow” of foods on your plate. Eat your spinach to stay strong! Whatever advice you heard growing up about eating your fruits and vegetables, there is significant merit in the recommendations when it comes to preventing cancer.

At least two-thirds of your plate should contain vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans. Only one-third or less of your plate should contain animal products. This is because these plant-based foods contain vitamins and minerals, they’re higher in fiber and they’re a good source of phytochemicals.

Friday, June 21, 2013 - 9:34am

The Ride For Roswell 2013 will bring together more than 10,000 people this weekend, all united for a common goal: to win the fight against cancer. While they share a common passion, they all come from different backgrounds, have different stories to tell and even travel from faraway distances. 

Here's a few inspiring stories of Ride supporters from across the nation - and even world -  who are helping us find cures and save lives so that cancer can't win. 

The Midnight Riders

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 12:15pm
We can't let cancer win. It's more than a campaign slogan. It's a mindset, a goal, a mission. It unites more than 3,000 people who come to work at Roswell Park each day with a single objective in mind: to understand, prevent and cure cancer.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 2:26pm
The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling — that companies may no longer patent human genes — resonated across the cancer community, resulting in promising news for cancer patients and researchers.
Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 4:38pm

The past several years of cancer research have been both exciting and promising. Recent developments have allowed us to take steps in improving many cancer treatments. I believe this momentum will continue to accelerate exponentially.

One research project that has offered us considerable hope was a study my colleagues and I conducted between 2003 and 2011. We looked at our results of 112 patient cases to see the immediate and long-term effects of, at the time, a newly developed procedure.

Monday, June 10, 2013 - 12:19pm
We asked some of Roswell Park’s doctors who specialize in cancers that affect women to share some tips for preventing or treating cancer. Here’s what they offered.
Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 8:28am
Ovarian cancer is often called the “silent killer” because there is a general lack of awareness of the symptoms of the disease, which are nonspecific and may be confused with less serious gastrointestinal conditions.