Misconceptions about cancer are plentiful. It’s oftentimes hard to differentiate the facts from fiction. That’s why it’s important to clear up any confusion with what you may have heard or read about cancer. As we mark World Cancer Day at Roswell Park, we wanted to help clear the air on some common cancer myths.
Myth #1: Cancer is contagious.
Many times at Roswell Park, we know exactly why a patient is in our care. Their disease has been diagnosed and a treatment plan has been established. Sometimes, however, people are referred to Roswell Park with various symptoms and only a suspicion of cancer.
In July of 2011, I discovered a lump in my breast.
Dealing with a cancer diagnosis, and all that comes with it, can be difficult. However, some patients afflicted with lymphedema after treatment may undertake a whole new set of challenges.
I spend a significant part of my day at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center working with couples. Together, we assess and work on any intimacy concerns that may arise during diagnosis, treatment, or post-operative recovery.
One of the best things about the holiday season is celebrating with friends and family while enjoying a smorgasbord of festive treats. But for cancer patients, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is critically important.
Each November, we honor and remember those touched by lung cancer as part of Lung Cancer Awareness month. It’s wonderful to have a whole month set aside to focus on this disease, but it’s also very important to maintain awareness and stay educated.
One of the main stressors that people and patients may experience around the holidays is the pressure of expectations. There is gift giving, visiting with family, party planning and so on.