RPCI Cancer Talk

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 8:05am
Patient Stories
When Megan Johnson was 21 months old, a large tumor collapsed her lung and pushed her heart to the other side of her chest. It was a primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET), a rare and very aggressive type of cancer. Doctors advised her parents that her chances of survival were less than 10 percent.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 2:38pm
Prevention & Screening

Thyroid nodules are common and found in 10 percent of the adult population. Luckily, 95 percent of them are benign. When a thyroid nodule is suspicious - meaning that it has characteristics that suggest thyroid cancer - the next step is usually a fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB).

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 10:57am

If your treatment plan includes surgery, the recovery process may seem overwhelming. You may be on a restricted diet or experience limited movement and pain after a major operation. Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) is a program that allows for a smoother, faster recovery by changing the way you prepare for surgery and your post-op care.

Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 10:26am
Cancer Research & News

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.

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.
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 2:31pm

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
Cancer Support
Cancer Research & News

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.

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

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.

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.
Monday, February 13, 2017 - 9:55am
Life & Wellness

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?