RPCI Cancer Talk

Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 10:26am

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) established an initiative recently that I expect to benefit patients at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) and around the country for years to come.

In January 2017, the agency, a member institution of the National Institutes of Health, launched the NCI Formulary to expand access to both approved drugs and investigational agents — that is, drugs still in development — that have shown promise as possible cancer therapies.

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 3:32pm

During my post-doctoral fellowship at Roswell Park, I found my true calling – to help students discover their passion for science.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 2:31pm
Gal Shafirstein, DSc, Director of PDT Clinical Research (left), and PDT Nurse Michele Cooper, RN, BSN (right), show George Grace the type of laser that was used for his treatment with photodynamic therapy.

Take it from George Grace: if you’ve smoked your entire life, you listen closely to news about innovative cancer treatments. Grace listened, even before a spot on his lung led to a diagnosis of early-stage non-small cell lung cancer.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 4:20pm

Although this is a rare and traditionally difficult-to-treat cancer, we’ve made important advances in understanding the biology of this disease and completing large clinical trials that will lead to a new standard of care all over the world.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 12:28pm
Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

If you’re looking for a sweet treat, look no further than dark chocolate. Of course dark chocolate tastes good. It’s chocolate! But it may also be good for your heart.

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 9:55am
Meditation is easy, convenient, inexpensive, safe and can be done in a variety of ways, based on individual preferences and has the added benefit of being risk free.

What if a simple daily practice of clearing your mind and breathing slowly could help you feel better, sleep better, reduce pain and anxiety and reduce your risk of cancer recurrence?

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
During the admission process, Roswell Park patients receive a comfort kit to make their stay more pleasant.

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.

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 3:09pm

Growing up in the Kenfield Projects in Buffalo during the ’60s, George Grace became a fan of the TV show “Run for Your Life.” The story centered on Paul Bryan, a wealthy attorney who finds out he has between nine and 18 months to live. Bryan decides to spend his limited time in the fast lane, drinking, chain-smoking, driving flashy cars and keeping company with beautiful women.