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4:20 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Area smoking rate declines

More local residents are kicking the habit. The latest New York State Health Department survey shows Buffalo-Niagara's smoking rate is down by one third compared to five years ago.

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9:48 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Erie County lawmakers to hold public hearing on e-cigarette regulations

Electronic Cigarettes
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The Erie County Legislature takes public comment Monday on a proposal to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in public spaces, just as traditional cigarettes are banned. 

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6:30 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Taylor Swift inspires local girl to 'shake off' her cancer

Stella Usiak (c.) and her mother Jennifer (r.) say meeting Taylor Swift will be a dream come true.
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There is a light at the end of the tunnel for a young cancer patient from Western New York. Eleven-year-old Stella Usiak of North Tonawanda has won a national contest that will allow her to meet her idol, singer Taylor Swift.

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7:45 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Roswell Park opens newly-expanded Endoscopy Center

A look inside Roswell Park's new Endoscopy Center
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Roswell Park Cancer Institute has expanded its capabilities for advanced procedures with its new Endoscopy Center, which opened Thursday

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12:33 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Roswell receives funding to increase HPV vaccinations

HPV vaccine
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Roswell Park Cancer Institute has been awarded special funding that will be specifically directed at increasing HPV vaccinations among youth. WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports Roswell is one of 18 centers nationwide to lead this effort in preventing cancer-causing viruses.

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3:01 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Roswell Park again earns prestigious designation

Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Dr. Donald Trump, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo celebrated the Roswell designation Tuesday in Buffalo.
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Following a vigorous review, the National Cancer Institute has renewed Roswell Park's Comprehensive Cancer Center Grant. The designation secures more than $19 million in federal funding for Roswell for another five years.

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3:16 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Medical community lauds Wilson's philanthropic legacy

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Along with founding and owning the Buffalo Bills, Ralph Wilson Jr. was also a philanthropist whose contributions often came without fanfare.

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10:19 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Cancer care community applauds CVS decision


CVS Caremark's decision to stop selling tobacco products is drawing praise in the cancer treatment community.

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5:00 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Tax credits move Roswell Park expansion forward

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A $6.3 million tax credit allocation will help advance construction of Roswell Park Cancer Institute's new Clinical Sciences Center.

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9:40 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Testing melanoma vaccine at Roswell

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Vaccination is a word usually associated with preventing a disease, measles or polio vaccination. But as WBFO'S  Mike Desmond reports, researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute are testing a vaccine to fight melanoma.

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2:41 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Kelly undergoes successful surgery to remove cancer

Jim Kelly is resting comfortably at ECMC following surgery Friday morning.
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Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly underwent successful surgery Friday morning to remove cancer from his upper jaw bone.

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9:45 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Head and neck cancers increasingly treatable, expert says

Dr. Wesley Hicks, Jr., Chairman of the Department of Head & Neck/Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and Director of the Head and Neck Surgical Fellowship Program at Roswell Park Cancer Institute

The kind of cancer former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly was diagnosed with is not uncommon and is generally treatable, according to a prominent local physician.

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10:12 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Downtown Buffalo's construction buzz

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown
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The buzz of construction can be heard in parts of downtown Buffalo as major economic development kicks into high gear. The Mayor promises the city's future is on the rise.

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5:00 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Sequestration at Buffalo Medical Campus

Dr. Donald Trump
WBFO News photo by Chris Caya

Sequestration will likely cut down on the amount of research being conducted at several facilities on the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus. And as WBFO's Chris Caya reports - that could slow the City's economic recovery. 

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3:44 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Roswell Park offering cancer care at Sisters Hospital

Roswell Park Cancer Institute has teamed with Catholic Health to provide cancer care at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo.   WBFO'S Mike Desmond sat down with leaders from both organizations to discuss this latest collaboration.

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5:29 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Lung cancer rate rising among women smokers

Women have caught up with men in a lethal health problem: lung cancer.

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3:46 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Schumer working to secure tax credits for Roswell Park expansion

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer appears at Roswell Park
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is working to gain recently extended New Market Tax Credits for Roswell Park in Buffalo so the cancer hospital so it can build a $42 million Clinical Sciences Center.

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10:25 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Smokers turning to e-cigarettes to help them quit

An e-cigarette resembles a regular tobacco cigarette.
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As smoking bans become more widespread, some cigarette smokers have turned to so-called 'electronic cigarettes.' But health experts says it's too soon to say whether e-cigarettes are safe.

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5:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Roswell launches Center for Personalized Medicine

Roswell's Center for Personalized Medicine

During a visit to Buffalo Wednesday, Lt. Governor Robert Duffy helped launch a new initiative at Roswell Park Cancer Institute to better understand, prevent and cure cancer.

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9:18 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Roswell opens satellite site for residents in Northern Erie and Niagara Counties

Roswell Park Cancer Institute Niagara
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Residents in Northern Erie and Niagara Counties will find it easier now to be cared for by Roswell Park. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports, the cancer institute has opened a new satellite location in Wheatfield near the Niagara Falls International Airport. 

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9:29 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Report: NY biotech sector needs help from Albany

New York is losing biotech companies and jobs to other states, says Roswell Park official James Mohler.
Daniel Robison WBFO

Although New York's legislative session wrapped up last week, angling for new public policy hasn't ceased.

Tuesday, the Business Council of New York State (BCNYS) tried to regain traction for its agenda by re-releasing a report from May.

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1:43 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Roswell Park unveils new ICU

Chief Nursing Officer Maureen Kelly cuts the ribbon on Roswell Park's new ICU.
Chris Caya/WBFO

Leaders and staff of Roswell Park Cancer Institute celebrated the opening of the hospital's new state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit this morning. 

The $4 million project involved relocating the ICU to the 8th floor and installing additional windows so each room is filled with natural light.  The 8,000 square foot unit is 40-percent larger than the old one.

Roswell Park's Chief Nursing Officer Maureen Kelly says it makes a nice environment for patients, their families and staff.

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12:50 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Advocates: N.Y. cigarette tax could go further to snuff out smoking

A new report from the U.S. Surgeon General claims 3.6 million youth smoke cigarettes.
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New York has the highest tobacco taxes in the country, inhaling more than $1 billion a year. That's why cigarettes cost $11 a pack.

The lion’s share of that money goes into the state’s general fund. According to a coalition of anti-smoking advocates, including the Cancer Society and American Heart Association, only four percent of smoking tax proceeds are spent on the state’s Tobacco Control Program. The fund aims to educate New Yorkers about the health risks associated with smoking or chewing.

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4:55 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Optimism at Roswell Park over new clinical trial

A phase-one study is getting underway at Buffalo's Roswell Park Cancer Institute that utilizes a vaccine that helps train a patient's own cells to become cancer-fighting agents.   The vaccine to be used will be produced on site, and only at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

"This is great progress.  This is remarkable progress that we have made," said Roswell Park Cancer Institute's Dr. Kunle Odunsi.  "I don't think we'll make a claim that this is a cure for cancer, but this is a step in the right direction towards that goal."

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Schumer-Drug Shortages
8:46 am
Fri January 6, 2012

Schumer proposes legislation to address drug shortages

Senator Charles Schumer (left) and Roswell Park Cancer Institute President/CEO Dr. Donald Trump meet with reporters to discuss what medical leaders call an unprecedented number of drug shortages in the past couple of years.
photo by Michael Mroziak

Senator Charles Schumer came to Buffalo Thursday to speak about what medical leaders say is an unprecedented level of medication shortages in the past year.  Schumer is also introducing a three-part proposal to address the issue.

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