Friday, June 28, 2013

The field of immunotherapy traces its origins to the theories of a pioneering American surgeon, William Coley, in the late 19th century but has hit its stride only in the last decade. Though they cover a breadth of different approaches, targets and biological agents, all immunotherapies have this in common: they enlist the body’s own defense program, the immune system, in destroying, controlling and even preventing cancer. Tumor vaccines are one example of such immunotherapy. The most encouraging tumor vaccines used to treat active cancer consist of a patient’s own immune cells, armed to recognize that patient’s cancer and to kill it as well as to stimulate other immune cells to do the same. Such vaccines appear to spare the patient the collateral damage and unpleasant side effects associated with traditional cancer therapies.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

In this "Sound Magazine" interview with 97 Rock's Carl Russo, Lung Oncologist, Dr. Grace Dy, explains how molecular testing is helping RPCI to select the best therapies for patients with advanced lung cancer, treatments that are personalized to those patients based on genetic factors.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Cancer Can’t Win. Because Roswell Park is Here. Thanks to our dedicated faculty and staff, our generous donors and supporters and our partnership with New York State, Roswell Park Cancer Institute is the region’s number-one cancer care provider and a major economic engine for the Buffalo Niagara community. This is a public trust we take very seriously and one that, for our future success, requires foresight, determination and careful planning.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Rep. Brian Higgins, NY-26, is reintroducing the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act, which would require health insurance companies to offer the same coverage and reimbursement for all chemotherapy medications, whether they're administered intravenously/by injection or orally.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Sequestration: Feeling the Effects: The automatic cuts to many federal programs that took effect in March have had consequences that are being felt at Roswell Park, affecting not only recently submitted proposals but projects already approved for federal funding.