As a 25-year cancer survivor, a “veteran” if you will, there is a natural tendency for newly diagnosed cancer patients to gravitate toward me. After all, I’ve “been there done that.” And I am more than happy to help, mentor and coach those just starting out on this scary and life-altering journey. My approach is to be open with sharing my experiences, challenges and how I’ve dealt with adversity, guided by the following principles.
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.
Women at average risk for breast cancer should have an annual mammogram beginning at age 40.
Roswell Park's new Chief Nursing Officer says she's motivated every day by the belief that "in my lifetime we will continue to see advances in more cures for cancer."
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?
For Roswell Park's executive team, walking around is the best way to get the pulse of what's happening in the hospital. The practice is helping improve facilities and procedures from the ground up.
This is a time of unprecedented opportunity in cancer treatment. And as the Clinical Chief of Genitourinary Medicine at Roswell Park, I believe there is so much to look forward to.