roswellness connections(December  2011)

Video Spotlight:
Audio Podcast:
Roswell Round-Up:
Events and Giving Opportunities:

Patient Voice:
Donor Impact:
Partners for a Cure

At this time of year we are especially grateful to you, our generous supporters and friends, for your continued dedication to our efforts in the fight against cancer. We appreciate your support through your donations and participation in fundraisers like The Ride For Roswell, Goin' Bald for Bucks, Team Cure Challenge, Carly's Club activities, The Paint Box Project and more! Feedback? Please email or call 716-845-1038.


Avoiding Allergy and Asthma Attacks this Season
For people who suffer from asthma and/or allergies, the holiday season—with the parties, decorations and festive foods—can pose a number of potential pitfalls. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, common triggers associated with the winter holidays can include:
  • Strong odors. From a host’s perfume to potpourri to scented candles.
  • Christmas tree and hall-decking greenery. You may be allergic to the mold that’s commonly found on the trunk, or the terpene in the sap, of live trees. Artificial trees may be quite dusty from their attic storage. Stay clear of poinsettias, a member of the rubber family, if you’re allergic to latex.
  • Holiday foods. Dips, hors d’oeuvres and other party foods often contain dairy, nuts, wheat, soy, seafood and other food allergic triggers. Know what you’re eating and be wary of cross contamination, especially at the buffet table.
  • Roaring fire. That cozy fireplace can produce a lot of wheeze-inducing smoke. Mingle in another room.
Your best defense is to prepare before you go. Take your allergy medicine before you leave home and be sure to carry any prescribed rescue inhaler or injectable epinephrine. Ask your host or restaurant staff about food ingredients. With a little preparation, you can still enjoy the holiday cheer.
Fishing for Better Brain Health
Now here’s an adage about food that appears to be true: Fish is food for your brain. In a study sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, researchers focused on 260 mentally healthy elderly people, looking at the subjects’ food questionnaires and 3-D MRI scans of their brains over 10 years. They found that those who ate fish at least once a week had larger brains, larger brain cells in areas responsible for memory and learning, and a reduced risk for mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. The regular fish eaters also had a better “working memory,” meaning they could execute routine tasks more effectively. Here’s the catch: the fish must be baked or broiled—not fried. No benefit was seen among people who ate their fish fried. 

Video Spotlight

Healthy Eating Tips for the Holidays
When you're facing parties, baked goods and holiday feasts, it's a challenge to make healthy food choices this time of year. Watch Linda Leising, a registered dietitian at Roswell Park, as she offers practical tips for eating sensibly during the holidays.

Audio Podcast

Diet, Vitamins and Prostate Cancer
Sabres alumnus and prostate cancer survivor Mike Robitaille leads this discussion on how diet, vitamin supplements and chemopreventive agents may reduce risk for prostate cancer or improve outcomes for men with the disease. Joining Mike are James Mohler, MD, Associate Director and Chair, Department of Urology, and James Marshall, PhD, Senior Vice President for Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences and Chair, Department of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, co-Principal Investigators on the MEAL dietary study.
Roswellness Radio airs every Sunday from 6:30 - 7 a.m. on WBEN 930 AM and 107.7 FM. Listen to past shows any time at

Roswell RoundUp

Roswell Park will Lead $5.1 Million Gene-Sequencing Effort Funded by NYS Initiative
The Roswell Park Cancer Institute Genome Project was approved December 8, 2011 as part of New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative. RPCI will lead this project, which will compile and analyze the detailed genetic data (the “genomes”) of Western New York citizens. This will significantly enhance our ability to develop personalized, more effective medical care plans and treatments for citizens of Western New York (WNY) — and beyond.
Collaboration Brings New Cancer Resources to Niagara Falls
A research project conducted by Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), the University at Buffalo and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has become the springboard for a new health and wellness resource in the Cataract City. The Cancer 101 Information Drop-In Center, located in the 18th Street Resource Center on Linwood Avenue at 18th Street, opened today and is designed to provide city residents with accessible information regarding the prevention, early detection and successful treatment of cancer.
Eva M. Noles Program Recognizes Staff, Community Supporters
Lindsay Frazier, a Telephone Interviewer in the Department of Health Behavior at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), earned the $2,000 Eva M. Noles Scholarship Friday, December 2 at the fourth annual Eva M. Noles Recognition Program at RPCI. Ms. Frazier was recognized for her ongoing contributions to RPCI and her dedication to pursuing an education and career in health care. The annual program honors the legacy of Eva M. Noles, RN, Buffalo’s first African-American registered nurse and a longtime RPCI employee who served in many leadership roles at the Institute, including as Director of Nursing.

Events and Giving Opportunities

Stocking Stuffer Special: Save on Dunkin' Donuts Coffee!
In search of the perfect stocking stuffer? For $150, the Cups for Roswell Park program offers 12 individual coupon booklets, each containing 31 coupons for free medium cups of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, tea or iced coffee. That’s an easy way to make 12 people on your gift list very happy!  Plus, you can remove coupons from the booklets to share with even more people.  It’s a great value!
Limited quantities are available. Coupons are valid only at participating Western New York locations. Purchase in the RPCI Gift Shop or online at Thanks to the generosity of Dunkin’ Donuts, 100% of your purchase will benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Last Day to Order Cards from The Paint Box Project
Place your order for cards and gifts from The Paint Box Project no later than 2:00 pm EST on Friday, December 16 in order to receive your holiday cards before Christmas.  All holiday card orders will ship no later than December 20 if placed by that time. Remember, your purchase helps fund patient support programs at Roswell Park!
Share Hope this Holiday Season 
Give hope to families facing cancer by making an end-of-year gift today to support research and patient programs. Every gift makes a difference and gets us closer to finding cures. Donate online or call 716-845-4444 

Patient Voice

Paul Choate
"Roswell Park put me at the forefront and provided care and support that let me take the bull by the horns to restore my health. The excellent care I received had made me a survivor. I'm better off having Roswell Park's help, and now I feel that I can do anything."
-- Paul Choate, Prostate Cancer Survivor

Have you been recently diagnosed with prostate cancer, or have concerns about your own risk? Call 1-800-ROSWELL or fill out our online Become a Patient form.

Donor Impact

Our Greatest Hits, Funded by Your Gifts
Every day, your donations are helping fund the most promising research led by Roswell Park's scientists. Want to know the kind of impact you had this year? Here are just a few examples of the critical research programs that your gifts helped fund recently:
  • Better understanding the genetic make-up of prostate and ovarian cancer with the long-term goal of developing new treatment methods for these diseases.
  • Expanding clinical trials to offer more options for prostate cancer patients.
  • Examining the body's "internal clock" to explore how it relates to the treatment of cancer. These findings could help doctors develop treatments that use smaller, less toxic doses of drugs to reduce harmful side effects.
  • Creating a genetic signature for bladder cancer in order to attack the identified genes and hopefully improve bladder cancer survival rates.
  • Researching whether a vitamin D deficiency may be linked to a greater risk of developing lung cancer.
  • Exploring why breast cancer patients with more advanced disease at the time of diagnosis often have a higher body temperature. RPCI researchers have the long-term goal of using this data to develop more effective treatment methods.
  • Investigating cellular pathways linked to the development of leukemia, with the goal of creating new methods of gene therapy that control leukemia cell growth.
And these are just a handful of the many studies that earned funding this year due to their great promise in finding new ways of preventing or fighting cancer. Thank you for your continued dedication to helping Roswell Park find cures. Your gifts helped make a difference in 2011, and together, we'll continue pursuing the research that gives new hope to cancer patients and their families.

Partners for a Cure

Give Hope, Buy a Coke!
Now through February 29, 2011, you can help support Roswell Park's patients during your trips to the grocery store! A continued partnership with Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Buffalo is helping raise funds for Roswell Park's patient support programs through the sale of two-liter bottles of Coke products.
Any time you buy a Coke 2-liter in Western New York before the end of the campaign, a portion of your purchase will be donated to Roswell Park. It's just that easy! Thank you to our friends at Coca-Cola for their ongoing dedication.