RPCI Cancer Talk

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 4:40pm

We are approaching that bittersweet time of year when we gain an hour of sunlight but lose an hour of sleep. At 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 12, most Americans will set their clocks ahead one hour as daylight saving time returns.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 4:46pm

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects your mesothelium, a thin layer of tissue that covers most internal organs, including your lungs, stomach and heart. However, tumors in the mesothelium can also be benign, meaning non-cancerous. Benign tumors of the mesothelium typically can be removed with surgery and do not require additional treatment.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 4:40pm
Ella had been battling a rare and aggressive type of cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma since being diagnosed as a toddler.

In my 30 years on this planet, I have been relatively – and thankfully – unaffected by cancer. My family and I have been blessed with mostly good health. As a journalist, I’ve written a little about a lot of things. One assignment, in particular, will stick with me forever. I met Ella in 2011. Ella had been battling a rare and aggressive type of cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma since being diagnosed as a toddler.

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 4:37pm

Lymphedema—a potential side effect of cancer treatment—is abnormal fluid retention and swelling that typically develops in the arms or legs, but may occur anywhere in the body, including the trunk, breasts, genitals, face, head and neck. Symptoms may range from mild, with uncomfortable heaviness, fullness, tight skin, and tight-fitting clothing and jewelry, to severe, where the skin forms deep folds and becomes thickened, reddened, scaly and weeping. Although the condition is chronic, lymphedema can be treated.

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 6:35pm

David Scott, Roswell Park's Director of Diversity and Inclusion, takes his job seriously. "I know what it feels like to be an outsider. I never want someone else to feel that they can't give their best at work because of their differences." David makes it his personal and professional mission to ensure no one he encounters feels that way.

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 12:33pm

It probably comes as no surprise to hear that alcohol and cancer do not make for a happy or healthy couple. But what if you or someone you know already had a preexisting relationship with large amounts of alcohol, before they were diagnosed with cancer? If you are undergoing treatment, it’s important to stay informed of the risks that alcohol may bring to your outcome.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 2:33pm

In November I began my journey as a Community Patient Navigator here at Roswell Park. This position was created through a New York State (NYS) grant with the goal of increasing the number of women in NYS getting screened for breast cancer.  For most women over 40, the recommended breast cancer screening is a yearly mammogram.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 3:12pm

While 90% of colorectal cancer diagnoses occur in those ages 50 and older, incidence rates are increasing for young people under 50. The reason behind this growth is unclear, and unfortunately, because these cancers are usually found in a later stage, mortality rates for young men and women are rising as well.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 9:46am
Christy Paddon, a medical social worker at Roswell Park, with a patient.

Cancer patients often experience pain, nausea, emotional distress, and other symptoms caused by the disease and/or the side effects of treatment. Their caregivers may become stressed and overwhelmed, too. When those issues grow beyond basic, expected side effects and are no longer under control, supportive and palliative care can help.

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 3:01pm

Lymphoma is a cancer that starts in the infection-fighting cells of the immune system, called lymphocytes. These cells are in the lymph nodes, spleen, thymus, bone marrow, and other parts of the body. There are many types of lymphoma, and the risk factors vary.

Having one or more risk factors does not mean that you will develop lymphoma. Most people who have an increased risk never develop the disease. However, It's important to know your family and medical history and recognize any genetic factors.  

Hodgkin lymphoma risk factors: