RPCI Cancer Talk

Monday, June 6, 2016 - 3:12pm

When radiation therapy is delivered from outside the body, it travels through the skin to the tumor, damaging healthy skin cells along the way. This can lead to radiation dermatitis (irritated skin), which can last several weeks after treatment ends.

Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 5:22pm

When people ask how I am doing or what my cancer experience was like, I struggle to find the words. I struggle because everyone seems to have been touched by this devastating disease. They themselves may have fought cancer, lost a loved one too soon, met someone whose life was changed by the disease, or rallied behind a stranger through social media. We are all incredibly connected and aware of struggles and celebrations in the lives of others.

Friday, June 3, 2016 - 3:37pm

The shock of a cancer diagnosis is a jarring, life-altering experience that, unfortunately, is not exclusive to adults. Over 10,000 American children under the age of 15 will be diagnosed this year, and rates continue to rise. Dr. Elena Ladas has done extensive research on therapies such as acupuncture, massage and dietary therapy and how they may be able to assist in reducing treatment-associated side effects.

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 5:05pm

Most of us enjoy the feeling of being in a clean home. But how good for you is that fresh and clean feeling? Soaps, detergents, bleaching agents, softeners, scourers, polish and specialized cleaners may deliver sparkling clean floors, counters and windows along with fresh, clean scents.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 1:30pm

Having such a simple question asked a certain way can really humanize you during a time when normalcy seems like the distant past. I was still Mary. I still had the same parents, same car and same clothes. Why should being a little extra sick make a difference?

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 3:43pm

Children undergoing cancer treatments will experience many hurdles – from psychosocial issues and emotional distress to learning problems and health risks. Unfortunately, this age group is also prone to noticeable changes in their physical appearance.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 3:18pm

If you own a dog, you understand the joys of canine companionship. But did you know that your four-legged friend could hold the power to heal? Research shows that pet therapy dogs help cancer patients cope with treatment, manage side effects and improve quality of life.

Monday, May 23, 2016 - 11:45am

Everyone has their own unique story — executives of high-powered companies, college students, caregivers and cancer survivors. Lani Peterson, PsyD, has spoken and listened to people from all walks of life, each with their own special experiences and personal trials.

Friday, May 20, 2016 - 3:39pm

When you no longer need a medication, it’s best to dispose of it as safely as possible. Keeping unused medications, especially those prescribed for cancer treatment or pain, can be particularly dangerous, posing a risk for unintentional use, overdose, or abuse.

Friday, May 20, 2016 - 12:12pm

The last time I visited Roswell Park it was without my sister Elise. I went alone. I was still in the emotional turmoil of grieving her loss. I was very much looking forward to visiting some of her doctors and attempting to “connect to her,” and to the previous life I had with her.