Welcome to Roswell Park’s Partners in Practice, a resource for Buffalo-area physicians to catch up on the latest developments in practice management and cancer care. This month, we invite you to check out the newest articles on:
Prostate vaccine, Provenge, now available
The nation’s first FDA-approved cancer treatment vaccine, Provenge (sipuleucel-T), is now offered for the first time in Western New York at RPCI. The vaccine is designed for men with advanced prostate cancer who have limited treatment options and who meet eligibility requirements. “It’s the first time we are able to offer immunotherapy with an FDA-approved product,” says Roberto Pili, MD, Chief of the Genitourinary Section in RPCI’s Department of Medicine. Provenge represents a new treatment approach—using vaccines to trigger the patient’s own immune system to attack cancer cells. Read More
10 ways to earn more cash
Pediatrician Jennifer Shu spends most of her week treating coughs and colds at Children's Medical Group in Atlanta. But she performs an even greater public service on her days off. The consultant, author, and parenting guru dedicates at least one day a week to media gigs — conducting interviews, editing content for publications, and working with companies she supports to help promote their message. "I've been practicing for 16 years and I love that too, but you can reach so many more patients through the media when you're trying to get a public health message out," she says. Read More
Alternative medicine guide
"Savior or Quack?" That was the caption under the photo of internist John C. Pittman in a 1991 North Carolina newspaper article. Pittman became the focus of the article after beginning to integrate oxidative therapies with conventional medicine as part of his clinical practice to treat HIV patients. Pittman, currently the medical director of the Carolina Center for Integrative Medicine in Raleigh, N.C., says things have definitely changed in the last two decades when it comes to how patients and his fellow physicians view the use of everything from yoga to herbal remedies in healthcare. Read more...
Plugging in—Making mobile health work for your practice
Physicians have always been a mobile crowd — zipping between exam rooms, clinics, and hospitals. Now, with the help of smartphones and wireless access, healthcare is becoming mobile too. Through smartphone apps and handheld devices, the mobile health (or "mhealth") revolution is changing how patients manage their care, how physicians run their practices, and how the community connects to share information. Here's your guide to mobile health. Read more...
Where else but Roswell?
Robotic surgery training program granted first accreditation by SIU
RPCI has become the first institution in the United States to become an accredited Training Institute in Robot-Assisted Surgery by the Société Internationale d’Urologie (SIU). The accreditation allows RPCI to participate in the SIU scholarship program for young urologists, a cornerstone of the association’s educational mission. These highly regarded awards provide three-month robot-assisted mini fellowships to develop laparoscopic and robot-assisted surgical skills. Read more...
21 RPCI staff named to “Top Doctors” list
Twenty-one physicians from Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) have been named to the 2011 list of America’s Top Doctors, compiled by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. The list is compiled annually on the basis of recommendations from more than 230,000 physicians and other healthcare professionals from across the nation. Read more...
New care program geared to teens and young adults
The Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) with Cancer program expands and enhances treatments and services addressing the medical, social, psychological, cultural and educational needs of teens and young adults facing cancer. Read more...
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Volume 5 - Mar. 2011
To view all clinical trials at Roswell Park, go to Clinical Trials List
Events for MDs
Topics in Primary Care and Cancer Series: Lung Cancer 2011 Update
Saturday, March 19th 2011
David C. Hohn, MD Lecture Hall
Research Studies Center
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
New Faces at Roswell