Preventing infection is a top priority if your immune system has been weakened by illness or cancer treatment, and winter poses new challenges. Outside, shorter days mean less sunlight, single-digit temperatures, and low humidity. Inside isn’t much better; closed windows and insulation trap dry, overheated air and germs in the house. Inside or out, winter can cause health issues for cancer survivors.
For more than a decade, I was a secretary at Roswell Park. I loved my job but knew I wanted more. I especially felt a passion for interacting with patients. When I witnessed everything they were going through, I felt a desire to be by their side during their journey.
I’m always pleased to see new research that can help women make informed decisions about breast cancer prevention, detection and treatment. But I disagree with some fundamental aspects of a recent study that has renewed the debate over the value of screening mammograms.
We know that cancers related to HPV (human papillomavirus) are common, on the rise and, for more than a decade, preventable. Roswell Park teams specializing in cancer prevention and ways to eliminate health disparities have spent a lot of time trying to understand a dynamic we’ve observed — why aren’t more families taking advantage of HPV vaccination, a powerful opportunity to prevent some very serious and possibly fatal cancers before they develop?
I hope you will take a moment to write down what you want your 2017 to be. And whether you are in the middle of treatment, completing treatment, or newly diagnosed, trust that you will get to a place where you can say, “I'm happy, and I am alive.”
In 2006, Shinya Yamanaka, a Japanese stem cell researcher, made a groundbreaking discovery that would win him the Nobel Prize. Yamanaka discovered a new way to turn adult, dividing cells into pluripotent stem cells.
As a cancer survivor of 24 years, I’ve been through a significant amount of ups and downs when it comes to my health. In this environment, one learns to become fluid and quickly adapt. I’ve had the opportunity to revisit and evaluate several facets of my life—priorities, family, careers and other relationships. Twenty-four years post-diagnosis, I am still constantly making those assessments and adjustments.