RPCI Experts To Update Community On Status Of War Against Cancer

Monday, April 4, 2011

Four Roswell Park Physicians, Researchers to Serve on Panel for April 6 Forum in Amherst

BUFFALO, NY - Four Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) doctors will update the Western New York community at an open panel discussion Wednesday, April 6, at RPCI's Amherst Center, 100 College Parkway, Amherst, NY, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., on the topic “Cancer: Will We See a Cure in Our Lifetime?” As they address that topic, the RPCI physicians and scientists will share information about promising new therapies that are helping us to battle various cancers and improve the quality of life of those being treated for cancer.

Participating in the panel discussion will be:

  • Candace Johnson, PhD, Deputy Director, Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics and Wallace Chair in Translational Research
  • Myron Czuczman, MD, Chief of the Lymphoma/Myeloma Service and Head of the Lymphoma Translational Research Laboratory
  • Willie Underwood III, MD, MPH, MSci, Assistant Professor in the Department of Urology and Assistant Professor in the Office of Cancer Health Disparities Research
  • Linda Sabatini, PhD, Molecular Pathology Research and Development Director and Associate Professor of Oncology

Among the topics they will cover are: What is cancer, and why do some people get it while others don’t? What are we working on that will make a difference? What new therapies are available that aren’t available everywhere? A question-and-answer period will follow the panel discussion.

“At Roswell Park and elsewhere, cancer researchers and clinicians are making advances daily — in how we diagnose cancer, how we study it, how we treat it and how we can tailor therapies to the genetic profile so that the therapy is more likely to work for that individual’s lymphoma,” says Dr. Czuczman. “The pace of these advances, and how quickly the oncology community can share information to keep building on what others have learned, keeps getting faster and faster. So in our discussion at the Amherst Center, we’re going to share specific examples of how that information-sharing happens, and offer our thoughts on how long it will take to see the next groundbreaking advances in treating and curing cancer.” 

Free parking is available on the College Parkway campus, and refreshments will be served. Anyone planning to attend is asked to RSVP at 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724).

The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. RPCI, founded in 1898, was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit RPCI’s website at http://www.roswellpark.org, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email askrpci@roswellpark.org.

Media Contact: 

Annie Deck-Miller, Senior Media Relations Manager
716-845-8593; annie.deck-miller@roswellpark.org