Clinical trials are a key reason why childhood cancer treatments and survival rates have improved significantly in recent years. Today we cure more than 75 percent of children with cancer – a rate much higher than for adult cancers. However, to make major advances, we need patients to participate in these trials. While pediatric cancer clinical trials have a 60-70 percent participation rate compared with only 5-10 percent for adults with cancer, we strive to continue growing that number.
Even though it’s often an essential part of patient treatment, no one looks forward to chemotherapy. At Roswell Park, doctors, nurses, practitioners and physician assistants are ready to help you navigate the chemotherapy roadmap, helping to make the process as comfortable as possible, by preparing and preventing side effects that may come with treatment.
When we think of clinical research, we may picture doctors and scientists collecting data or patients trying new treatment regimens. However, there’s an essential element behind every clinical research study that’s missing from this picture: clinical research nurses.
Everyone has a story to tell. Whether on a first date, job interview or happy hour with a new friend, there’s always a select version of our story that we choose to share. It usually includes where we went to school and how we found ourselves where we are today.
Twenty years ago, two longtime friends leaned on each other as they both went through treatment for breast cancer. Through hard work and advocacy, they helped create a center that extends the same support and friendship to hundreds of other women.
Hank was 7 years old when he was diagnosed with a stage IV Wilms’ tumor last year.
The tumor started in his left kidney – all Wilms’ tumors begin in one of the kidneys – and by the time it was found, it was the size of his head and had spread to his abdomen and both lungs.
A hospital stay can be complicated for patients who are confused or disoriented due to dementia or the effects of their medications. They need someone with them around the clock, for safety’s sake.
Wearable technology has seen massive growth in the tech industry in recent years. From Apple Watch and Fitbit on your wrist to Google Glass on your head, wearables are everywhere. As technology advances, can wearable devices along with smartphone apps help aid in skin cancer prevention and detection?