Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy may cause partial or even total hair loss, but this side effect is usually temporary. Here’s what you need to know about chemotherapy and hair loss.
The medications used to kill cancer cells are very powerful. If you are handling or receiving these drugs, you should take precautions to keep yourself — and everyone else — safe.

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have made another step toward personalizing cancer treatment while reducing the toxicity of certain cancer drugs using simple, noninvasive blood tests.

Scalp cooling has shown some success in reducing/preventing hair loss on the head during chemotherapy. How does it work? What are the side effects?
Chemotherapy can come with unpleasant side effects, including nausea and loss of appetite. Our social media followers shared advice for what helped get them through treatment while maintaining adequate food and nutrition intake.
When your hair grows back, it may be quite different from your original hair in texture or color. It may even be more or less curly.

Nobody expects to hear the words “Your child has cancer.” Nobody is prepared. And in our family’s case, our son Emmett was diagnosed with leukemia in an emergency room, and treatment began that day in the ICU. We had no time at all to prepare, or even to comprehend it all at the time.

Let Halloween be your excuse to embrace your beautiful bald head. Make the most of your situation with one of these fun and easy Halloween costumes.

In recent years, oral chemotherapy (chemo)—cancer medication that is taken by mouth instead of through a needle—has become an option for some people undergoing cancer treatment. While oral chemo can be just as effective as infusion, and likely more convenient, it can present challenges. For one thing, it can be very expensive, so be sure to check with your health insurance company to see if it is covered.

Even though it’s often an essential part of patient treatment, no one looks forward to chemotherapy. At Roswell Park, doctors, nurses, practitioners and physician assistants are ready to help you navigate the chemotherapy roadmap, helping to make the process as comfortable as possible, by preparing and preventing side effects that may come with treatment.

Bloating. It’s one thing to feel overly full after a large celebratory meal, but unfortunately, for many patients in cancer treatment, bloating doesn’t come with a holiday, but instead is an unpleasant side effect of cancer therapy.

I remember it like it was yesterday. I left work to go to my doctor’s appointment and planned on being back to the office in time for a meeting. Little did I know my entire life would flip upside down that afternoon.