roswellness connections(September 2011)


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

Patient Voice:
Donor Impact:
Partners for a Cure

Thank you, our generous supporters and friends, for your continued dedication to our ongoing 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.


Get Your Flu Shot
Time to roll up your sleeve again and get your flu shot before the sniffle season hits. This year’s vaccine offers protection against two seasonal strains of influenza plus the H1N1 virus, the same as last year’s. But because immunity decreases by as much as 50% in the year after after vaccination, you’ll still need this year’s shot to protect you for the duration of influenza season, which runs through April. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urge all people age six months and older to get the flu shot. Kids younger than age 9, who did not get last year’s vaccine, will need two doses, four weeks apart.
Some people—older folks, young kids and people with certain health conditions like asthma, lung or heart disease or weakened immune systems—face greater risk for complications from the flu and should receive the vaccine along with their family members or others who care for them.
You have several options this year:
  • Regular flu shot for people age 6 months and older
  • High-dose flu shot for people age 65 and older
  • Inter-dermal flu shot (injected into the skin rather than the muscle) for healthy adults age 18 to 64
  • Nasal-Spray flu vaccine for healthy people ages 2 to 49 who are not pregnant.
The Polyp Prevention Diet
You know that eating healthy foods improves digestive heath, but certain specific foods can really have an impact, according to a report in the online journal Nutrition and Cancer. Researchers analyzed data from more than 2,800 people who were followed for 26 years and found that those who regularly ate cooked green vegetables, dried fruit, brown rice and legumes reduced their risk for colon polyps, a precursor to cancer, in some cases, significantly so. People who ate brown rice at least once a week enjoyed a 40 percent reduced risk for colon polyps. Those who ate legumes, such as beans, peas and lentils, at least three times a week had a 33 percent reduced risk for polyps. Eating dried fruit three times a week and cooked green veggies at least daily led to a 26 percent and 24 percent reduced risk respectively.

Why are these polyp-prevention power foods? These specific choices are high in fiber, which may help to maintain colon health and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli appear to contain compounds that offer a protective effect. Learn more about diet and health from the CDC.

Recipes for Health: Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Milk

  • 1/2 pounds of sweet potatoes
  • 3/4 cup of ‘lite’ coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Preparation: 1. Prick sweet potatoes with a fork in several places. Microwave on high until tender all the way to center, 10-15 minutes. (Alternatively, place in a baking dish and bake at 425°F until tender all the way to the center.)
2. When cool enough to handle, peel off and discard skin. Transfer the sweet potatoes to a medium microwaveable bowl and mash thoroughly with a potato masher. Add coconut milk ginger, and salt; stir well. Reheat in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes or in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Serve warm.
Nutrition: Per serving: 130 calories, 3 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 23 g carbohydrates, 3 g protein, 3 g fiber, 339 mg sodium, 498 mg potassium.

Video Spotlight

Men: Know Your Prostate Cancer Stats!
Roswell Park is teaming up with the Buffalo Bills to make it easier than ever to "know your stats."

In collaboration with the American Urological Association Foundation's Know Your Stats about Prostate Cancer® campaign, our Prostate Cancer Team will be hosting free prostate cancer education and screening event on October 4 from 3:30 to 7 pm at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Watch video to hear from Bills wide receiver David Nelson about why it's so important to know your stats.

If you or someone you know is due for a screening or if you have questions about prostate cancer, visit or call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) for more information.

Audio Podcast

The Unique Challenges of Facing a Rare Cancer
A cancer type is considered rare if it affects fewer than 15 people per 100,000 annually in the U.S., translating to under 40,000 new cases each year. Discussing these complex and often difficult-to-diagnose cancers on a recent Roswellness Radio podcast are Drs. Boris Kuvshinoff and Renuka Iyer, from RPCI's Liver and Pancreatic Tumor Center, and Dr. Thomas Schwaab from the Kidney Cancer Center at RPCI. They're joined by cancer survivor Mary Dunbar-Daluisio.

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

Painting Buffalo Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
During October, RPCI will be hosting a series of events to help spread the word about breast cancer – about prevention, early detection, new treatments and supporting the research that will one day cure the disease.

The month will kick off with "Mother to Daughter, Sister to Sister, Let's Talk about Breast Cancer," an interactive discussion with Roswell Park's breast cancer team on Oct. 1 that is free to anyone that pre-registers. Events also include a Pink Party in Roswell Park’s Kaminski Park and "1033 Bottles of Beer on the Wall," a fundraiser hosted by 103.3 The Edge.

Take the pledge by being a pink advocate for yourself, your loved ones and all those who are fighting, or have fought, the disease. More info on all these events and more can be found at Talking about it on Twitter? Use #RPCIGoPink.

Predicting How Long a Patient May Live: RPCI Doctor Weighs In on New Palliative Care Model
A new system developed in the UK is helping doctors better determine how long a patient has to live, a fact that can play a major role in developing a care plan and deciding whether palliative care or hospice treatment may be appropriate. RPCI's Dr. Tracey O'Connor commented on the system and about the larger implications for cancer care in a recent story on the Huffington Post.
Roswell Park Chairs Named Fellows in Radiation, Statistics Societies
Michael R. Kuettel, MD, PhD, MBA, the Barbara C. & George H. Hyde Chair in Radiation Medicine at Roswell Park Cancer Institute(RPCI), has been named a 2011 American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Fellow. Dr. Kuettel is among 21 ASTRO members who will receive their Fellow designation during the Society’s 53rd Annual Meeting, which takes place October 2-6 in Miami Beach, FL.

Dr. Kuettel is the first Buffalo-area physician to be awarded an ASTRO fellowship. Nominees are selected based on their outstanding contributions in the areas of research, patient care, education, leadership and/or service.

Additionally, Alan D. Hutson, PhD, MA, Professor of Oncology and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics, was named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA). Learn more about these designations. 

Events and Giving Opportunities

Sleep Easy and Support RPCI  
Having trouble sleeping? Maybe you need a new mattress! City Mattress, Western New York’s favorite mattress and furniture dealer, is donating a portion of proceeds from their sales during the month of October to support cancer research and patient support programs at Roswell Park. They've also once again generously featured the partnership in a television commercial to raise awareness of the cause. Head to to see store locations and products.

Pink Ribbons and The Paint Box Project
Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with The Paint Box Project! Our all-new breast cancer awareness line is now available at Each card or item features artwork created by pediatric patients at Roswell Park. Thanks to a new partnership with Buffalo-based company MOD-PAC, a portion of the proceeds from sales of our awareness, holiday and special events lines benefits patient support programs at RPCI. Check out your options and order securely online at!

Prep for Your Big Day - for a Good Cause!
Planning a wedding? Buy your tickets today for the Little White Dress Event, a September 29 wedding expo featuring 24 vendor tables, plus games, prizes and giveaways! Join us at Shea's Performing Arts Center from 6:30 pm - 9 pm and enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as you browse the best local wedding vendors. Tickets are just $8 pre-sale or $10 at the door, and proceeds will benefit lung cancer research at Roswell Park. Visit to purchase tickets and learn more.


Join Us to Kick Off the Pink Wall of Hope
Once again, Chef's Restaurant and 97 Rock are partnering up on the "Pink Wall of Hope," giving Western New Yorkers the chance to honor breast cancer patients while raising important funds for RPCI. Between the months of October and December, in exchange for a $25 donation, we will include your name—or the name of someone you love—on a brick on the pink wall of hope outside Chef's Restaurant in downtown Buffalo. This opportunity is a part of RPCI's Pledge to Go Pink campaign. 

You are invited to help us kick off the campaign! Join us on Friday, September 30 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. at Chef's Restaurant, located at 291 Seneca St. in Buffalo. This event will be the first opportunity to make a donation to the 2011 Pink Wall of Hope. Light refreshments will be served courtesy of Chef's, and 97 Rock will provide music. Please call 716-845-8119 or email Katherine Delmonte to RSVP.

Patient Voice

Kathleen Hogan
Kathleen Hogan is a leukemia survivor, and she's celebrating her fight by joining her friend Katherine Thomas to run the 2012 Walt Disney World Marathon through Team Cure Challenge.

"It means so much to me that Katie has decided to take this challenge on, and I am honored run alongside her. I always heard people talk about how lucky we are to have Roswell Park in our backyard. I had to find out the hard way how much Roswell Park truly means to our community and families facing a cancer diagnosis. I encourage people to give to Roswell Park, the hospital that has saved my life, if not in monetary form, then by giving blood or platelets. I will always be a big supporter of Roswell Park because of all that they have done for me!" -- Kathleen Hogan, Leukemia Survivor. Pictured: Kathleen, left, and Katherine Thomas.

Donor Impact

Finding the Genetic Signature for Bladder Cancer
Nearly 70,000 Americans will be diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2011, and 15,000 of those people will die from the disease. Thanks to your gifts, researchers at RPCI are examining a new way of understanding bladder cancer with the goal of creating more targeted treatments.

The genomics era began over two decades ago with the effort to sequence the first human genome from normal healthy volunteers. Until recently, similar efforts to sequence the genome of specific cancers, and thus delineate all the genetic differences in a given cancer were so technically difficult and expensive that this was not an attainable goal. However, due to recent advances, sequencing a specific cancer has become much more affordable.

That’s why Roswell Park researchers led by Carl Morrison, PhD, are currently creating a genetic signature for bladder cancer. Once created, new, more targeted therapies will be able to attack the identified genes and hopefully improve bladder cancer’s currently dismal survival rates. This important project is the only such effort in the country to sequence bladder cancer.

If you’re concerned about your risk of bladder cancer, call 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or fill out our online Become a Patient form.

Partners for a Cure

Delicious Ways to Do Your Part!
Three of our most dedicated Partners for a Cure again are hosting fundraising campaigns this fall to make a difference at RPCI.

BJ's Wholesale Club will make it easy to support breast cancer research at RPCI through two initiatives: first, a "Pink Picnic!" On September 29, the BJ's location on Transit Road in Williamsville will host a celebration of breast cancer survivors. The event will feature the latest on breast cancer care from RPCI's Dr. Shicha Kumar, plus and an inspirational speaker in addition to a complimentary lunch, special gifts for attendees, and information on BJ’s Charitable Foundation’s support of breast cancer research and treatment. RSVP for the Pink Picnic today!

BJ's also will unveil the "Pink Ribbon" Club merchandise that it will sell throughout the month of October, including a variety of P&G brand items. A portion of the money BJ's members spend on these "Pink Ribbon" club products will be donated to the BJ's Charitable Foundation, which then will distribute it to 13 National Cancer Institute designated cancer centers, including Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Subway Restaurants and Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Buffalo again are teaming up to give customers the opportunity to make a gift with every purchase. Visit a WNY Subway location and, for $1, purchase a pin-up card (pictured at left) in the shape of a Coca-Cola bottle that will be displayed on the restaurant's wall. All proceeds from this campaign will be donated to Roswell Park to support promising cancer research and compassionate patient support programs.