Cancer Support

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 3:38pm

No one is ever prepared to hear, “It’s cancer.” After adjusting to the shock of this news, it’s normal to have questions—and some anxiety—about how it will impact your life. Social workers are here to guide you through these challenging moments.

 

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 4:11pm

If you’ve completed your cancer treatment — whether recently or years ago — congratulations! The opening of Roswell Park’s new Survivorship and Supportive Care Center means you’ll now enjoy one-stop shopping for the follow-up care and services you need to “live your best life” as a survivor.

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 4:37pm

Lymphedema—a potential side effect of cancer treatment—is abnormal fluid retention and swelling that typically develops in the arms or legs, but may occur anywhere in the body, including the trunk, breasts, genitals, face, head and neck. Symptoms may range from mild, with uncomfortable heaviness, fullness, tight skin, and tight-fitting clothing and jewelry, to severe, where the skin forms deep folds and becomes thickened, reddened, scaly and weeping. Although the condition is chronic, lymphedema can be treated.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 9:46am

Cancer patients often experience pain, nausea, emotional distress, and other symptoms caused by the disease and/or the side effects of treatment. Their caregivers may become stressed and overwhelmed, too. When those issues grow beyond basic, expected side effects and are no longer under control, supportive and palliative care can help.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 9:00am

If you have coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation or any other heart condition, what does this mean for you if you have cancer? It means you should seek a consultation with a cardio-oncologist.

Friday, February 10, 2017 - 12:52pm

Open and honest dialogue is critical to effective care. Patients are truthful to ensure diagnostic accuracy, and doctors provide full disclosure to help patients make informed decisions. But in some cases, physicians need to balance compassion with a patient's right to know.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 4:53pm

Everybody has bad days, but nobody tells you how to handle them. The times where you feel hopeless, anxious or paranoid. When you feel angry that cancer will always be a part of your life, scared that it may come back or frustrated that side effects from treatment might never go away.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 11:17am

There’s a treat in store for Roswell Park inpatients! During the admission process, they now receive a comfort kit to make their stay more pleasant. Patients visiting the Breast and Gynecology clinics are also invited to pick up kits in the Breast and GYN Resource Center, located on the first floor of the Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center.

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 3:23pm

"It doesn't matter your age; kindness comes from donors of all kinds. The fact that these children are so selfless at only five or six years old is, to me, a source of hope for the future."

Friday, December 30, 2016 - 2:03pm

I hope you will take a moment to write down what you want your 2017 to be. And whether you are in the middle of treatment, completing treatment, or newly diagnosed, trust that you will get to a place where you can say, “I'm happy, and I am alive.”