As a young adult cancer patient, I craved a sense of normality. Going to work every day helped me maintain my routine, and for 8 hours, I tricked myself into believing nothing was out of the ordinary. Working as close to full-time as my doctor’s appointments and immune deficiency allowed actually kept me very distracted. It was a key coping mechanism.
There is no right way to deal with a cancer diagnosis. Everyone’s journey with the disease is unique, but sometimes advice from those who also went through it can help. Hear what patients and survivors have to say.
When I was 3-years-old, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Although I have been cancer free for 18 years, cancer continues to touch my life in a variety of ways. Most recently, I lost my Dad, Dave, to Acute Myeloid Leukemia. I try to stay connected to people who understand what I’m going through. It really helps to talk with others who get it.
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.
When we think of clinical research, we may picture doctors and scientists collecting data or patients trying new treatment regimens. However, there’s an essential element behind every clinical research study that’s missing from this picture: clinical research nurses.
Twenty years ago, two longtime friends leaned on each other as they both went through treatment for breast cancer. Through hard work and advocacy, they helped create a center that extends the same support and friendship to hundreds of other women.
Hank was 7 years old when he was diagnosed with a stage IV Wilms’ tumor last year.
The tumor started in his left kidney – all Wilms’ tumors begin in one of the kidneys – and by the time it was found, it was the size of his head and had spread to his abdomen and both lungs.