Solving a puzzle is a meticulous task, requiring concentration, logic and, at times, a certain degree of teamwork. Dermatopathologists solve puzzles each day and must excel in these areas, studying biopsies and providing precise diagnoses for patients.
“I didn’t think I was going to make it, so it’s really about my life today and how cancer makes a difference in a person’s life,” said Thomasina Holmes, a thriving lung cancer survivor who credits Roswell Park Cancer Institute for saving her life.
An estimated 221,200 Americans (ACS Facts and Figures, 2015) will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year, and the disease is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in the U.S.
Many of us watched the recent 3-part Ken Burns PBS documentary, The Emperor of All Maladies. Even if you didn’t, it's likely that you saw or heard frequent media stories about cancer during the weeks before and after. And it's probable that in every one of them, cancer was presented as the enemy and we, scientists, clinicians, patients and caregivers, as its foes.
If you see blood in your urine, don’t ignore it. Even if you’re not experiencing pain, it could be a symptom of bladder cancer, says Khurshid Guru, MD, Department of Urology, and Director of Robotic Surgery at Roswell Park.
Last month, Roswell Park made headlines around the world with the announcement that we expect to be the first U.S. institution to offer a lung cancer treatment vaccine developed by the Center for Molecular Immunology in Cuba.