This Friday, October 26, our Buffalo office will be having a Jeans Day with all proceeds going to the Roswell Park Breast Cancer Resource Center. For many patients, the decision to be treated at Roswell has to do with Roswell’s focus on the patient. The Roswell Park Breast Cancer Center provides multi-disciplinary, compassionate care. State-of-the-art treatments combined with emotional support are essential components of this patient-centered program.

The Breast Cancer Team members at Roswell help those concerned about breast cancer issues or those diagnosed with breast cancer address the challenges of diagnosis and treatment by providing a wide range of breast cancer information and referrals to many support services.

Reliable, current breast cancer information related to screening, prevention, diagnosis, the latest surgery techniques, chemotherapy and hormone therapies, clinical trials, survivorship and end of life issues is available for patients and their caregivers. Their lending library features print and video resources – from medical textbooks, consumer guides, and survivor stories – to storybooks and coloring books for the youngest family members. When treatment ends, patients can find services to enhance their wellness as they transition into cancer survivorship. Special services are available to women and their families who are dealing with metastatic breast cancer.

Some of the very helpful components of Roswell’s program: chemotherapy clinic tours; free wigs, scarves, hats for patients on chemotherapy who are dealing with hair loss; Referrals to “Look Good Feel Better” makeover programs sponsored by the American Cancer Society; referrals to breast prosthesis and undergarment fitters; Information and referrals to local breast cancer support groups, financial assistance programs, and transportation resources; Information on other Roswell Park and community support services; tobacco cessation information and support; referrals to local, regional and national breast cancer advocacy programs; information on breast cancer risk and prevention programs.

According to recent stats from the American Cancer Society, Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.

We all know someone affected by this disease, as the chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is now about 1 in 8. Events like our Jeans Day will help focus attention on treatment and support centers like our own local Roswell Park.