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Lumpectomy vs. Mastectomy

Decades ago, a diagnosis of breast cancer was devastating and almost always meant that a woman would undergo a mastectomy—removal of the entire breast. Today, with regular screening mammograms, breast cancers are often caught in earlier stages, allowing women the choice between a lumpectomy (removal of part of the breast) and a mastectomy. Joining the show is Jessica Young, MD. She is a breast surgeon with Roswell Park Cancer Institute. She is here to discuss how many women make decisions...

Duration: 00:10:52

Important Tips For Your Hospital Stay

Staying in the hospital, even for a few days, can be unsettling. It's not your own bed, you're away from your loved ones, and when you wake each morning, nothing in the room looks remotely familiar. In addition, some hospital procedures and rules can be a source of frustration if you're unprepared for them. Pamela McLaughlin, MSN, RN, OCN, joins the show to offer tips, whether your inpatient stay is short-term or longer, that can help you avoid surprises and make your time with us more...

Duration: 00:08:08

Relieving Lymphedema

Lymphedema a potential side effect of cancer treatment, is abnormal fluid retention and swelling that typically develops in the arms or legs, but may occur anywhere in the body, including the trunk, breasts, genitals, face, head and neck. Thanks to improved surgical techniques, today’s cancer patients are far less likely to develop lymphedema after surgery. Those who are affected by the condition may undertake a whole new set of challenges, and can find help at Roswell Park’s Lymphedema...

Duration: 00:08:21

Coping with Cancer During the Holidays

The Holidays are a time of joy and celebration; a time to reunite with family and friends and revel in tradition. However, the news of a cancer diagnosis can halt holiday cheer. In fact, the holiday season can prompt new questions for you, such as: How do I take care of myself and participate in the holiday rush? How can I celebrate when I have so many other things on my mind? What will my life be like next year? Sharing these concerns with friends and family can help you manage the...

Duration: 00:10:23

New Advances in Pancreatic Cancer Treatments

If you or a loved one is facing a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, or you seek a second opinion, the oncology experts of Roswell Park Cancer Institute are here for you. We believe every patient is unique, and we approach pancreatic cancer treatment on an individual and personal basis, treating the whole person, not just the cancer. Joining the show to discuss the latest advances in pancreatic cancer is Dr. Christos Fountzilas. He is a board certified medical oncologist in the...

Duration: 00:11:56

The Benefits of Physical Therapy During Cancer Care

While physical therapy (PT) is more commonly thought of in relation to athletics or orthopedics, PT plays an essential part in the recovery from cancer treatment. Prehabilitation (prehab), is any type of rehabilitation before a specific event. At Roswell Park, this is typically done before surgery or chemotherapy to improve outcomes after procedures. Here to discuss the benefits physical therapy services can provide a cancer patient, is Bryan Wittmeyer, MS, PT. He is the Director,...

Duration: 00:08:29

What to Expect: Lung Cancer Screening

At Roswell Park, more than 70 percent of patients who are diagnosed with lung cancer at an early stage (Stage I) survive five years. Our Lung Cancer Screening Program is designed to detect lung cancer early — when it is most curable — by screening and monitoring ("surveillance") the people most likely to develop the disease, especially smokers. Here to tell us about the importance of lung cancer screening for early detection of lung cancer is Dr.Mary Reid, she is the Director of Cancer...

Duration: 00:12:27

Breast Care and Treatment at Breast Care of Western New York

Breast Care of Western New York uses a range of minimally invasive procedures in the detection and diagnosis of breast health conditions, including mammography and ultrasound biopsies, stereotactic and ultrasound-guided staging tests, and sentinel lymph node biopsy. As a community practice of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, you'll have access to the most advanced services in breast cancer diagnosis, including access to expert pathology review by a world-class team at Roswell Park Cancer...

Duration: 00:12:27

Ovarian Cysts: What Are the Risks?

According to the Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ovarian cysts are very common in women with regular periods. Most women will make at least one cyst—fluid-filled sacs that can range widely in size, from as small as a pea to larger than an orange—during their lifetime, but in most cases, cysts will be painless and cause no symptoms. In fact, most women won’t even be aware that they have a cyst unless there is a problem that causes the cyst to grow or...

Duration: 00:09:03

How Do You Find Quality Cancer Care?

When you’re diagnosed with cancer, it can feel as if your whole life has been turned upside down. During this confusing, scary time, it’s completely normal to want to take action quickly to get rid of the disease. However, the early decisions you make are very important. Step back for a moment and take a deep breath. Do your research. Talk to loved ones. Find the best quality cancer care that’s right for you and your specific situation. Here to discuss the best questions to ask when...

Duration: 00:09:35

What to Expect: Lung Cancer Surgery

No one fights lung cancer alone. At Roswell Park, patients have access to the latest advancements in lung cancer surgery. Here to tell us what to expect when you have lung cancer surgery and what it means to be recognized as a US top performing center in the area of lung cancer surgery is Sai Yendamuri, MD, FACS, Chair, Department of Thoracic Surgery at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Can I Get a Mammogram If…?

1 out of 8 women will develop breast cancer during their lifetimes. Roswell Park recommends yearly mammograms starting at age 40. Routine mammography saves lives, reducing a woman's risk of dying from breast cancer by 30 - 50 percent. In this important segment, Ermelinda Bonaccio, MD., answers the question " can I get a mammogram if?"

Duration: 00:08:34

Understanding Cytoreduction/Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (CS/HIPEC)

Researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) have determined that cytoreductive surgery combined with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (CS/HIPEC), a complex procedure to treat advanced abdominal cancers, can be done safely, and may be an effective therapy for select patients. In this fascinating segment, Valerie Francescutti, MD., disusses Cytoreduction Surgery and Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy as a way to improve survival, surgical outcomes, and when to refer...

Duration: 00:12:11

The Latest Advances in Prostate Cancer Treatment

According to the CDC, aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the United States. It is also one of the leading causes of cancer death among men of all races and Hispanic origin populations. In this segment,Khurshid Guru, MD., explains how each Roswell Park patient receives a customized treatment and post-treatment plan; and ongoing communication between Roswell Park and the patient's primary care physician continues long after treatment...

Duration: 00:10:24

Recent Research on Gut Flora

You may not realize it, but your body is home to a lot of microbes — way more than you might think. In healthy humans, “microbial cells outnumber human cells by about ten to one,” according to the Human Microbiome Project of the National Institutes of Health. Most of them, called gut flora, live in your digestive system, especially in the colon. Others live in distinct communities in and on your body, in different types of environments — hot or cold, moist or dry. If that makes you feel...

Duration: 00:11:32

Sarcoma Awareness

Sarcoma is a rare cancer — accounting for just 1 percent of adult cancers — and it arises from the tissues that glue the body together — bone, muscle, fat, tendons, blood vessels, lymph vessels, nerves and joint tissue. Listen in as John Kane, III, MD, Chief, Melanoma/Sarcoma Service with the Department of Surgical Oncology, explains that if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with sarcoma — or you just need a second opinion — the sarcoma/soft tissue team are Roswell Park Cancer...

Duration: 00:15:46

What to Expect: Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation, in the form of waves or particles, to destroy cancer cells by damaging their DNA. Because radiation can harm healthy cells, treatment must be carefully planned and precisely conducted to minimize side effects. Radiation therapy may be given before, during, or after other therapies in your treatment plan. It may be used alone or with other treatments to destroy cancer cells, shrink tumors, prevent recurrence and relieve symptoms caused by the...

Duration: 00:10:15

Mesothelioma: Understanding the Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

When thinking about lung cancer and its risk factors, it's natural to immediately think about smoking. However, there are other forms of lung cancer and, with them, other risk factors. Mesothelioma is a rare, but serious, lung cancer heavily linked with exposure to asbestos. Nationally, between 2,000-3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year. At Roswell Park, we see a slightly elevated number of mesothelioma patients allegedly due to the high number of industrial and...

Duration: 00:09:12

The Role of Endocrinology in Cancer Care

Roswell Park provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services to patients with benign and malignant endocrine tumors and conditions affecting the endocrine system. We manage and investigate a wide spectrum of hormone-producing tumors and related diseases of the thyroid, adrenal, parathyroid, pituitary and pancreas. Tumors of these organs sometimes result in excessive and unregulated hormone secretion and require attentive diagnosis and therapy. Listen as Rajeev Sharma, MBBS, MD,...

Duration: 00:10:22

Mohs Surgery for Skin Cancer

Mohs surgery is a highly specialized procedure used to treat skin cancer while preserving as much normal surrounding tissue as possible. Roswell Park Cancer Institute offers highly specialized and innovative treatments for skin cancer including Mohs Micrographic Surgery performed by specifically trained and certified surgeons that remove individual layers of the affected skin until all the cancer is gone. Listen as Roswell Park’s newest Mohs surgeon, Kimberly Brady, MD, shares more about...

Duration: 00:10:24