Local Rotarians Hear UPMC Cancer Specialist

Kristen Millward, left, Executive Director of the WCA Foundation, introduced Dr. Rohit Gosain, Chair of Hematology and Oncology at UPMC’s Hillman Cancer Center to Ruth Lundin, President of the Rotary Club of Jamestown, right. Dr. Gosain spoke to the group about “Decoding Cancer: Exploring the Essentials.”

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Members of the Rotary Club of Jamestown welcomed Dr. Rohit Gosain, MD, medical oncologist and hematologist and chair of the department of Hematology and Oncology at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center located at UPMC, Chautauqua to speak at their weekly meeting. Dr. Gosain is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada in Computer Engineering. He pursued a Doctor of Medicine at Saba University of Medicine, Saba, WI. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a Hematology Oncology Fellowship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, University at Buffalo. He has received notable honors and awards and has authored medical publications and articles on the treatment of cancer immunotherapy, among others. Together with his brother, Rahul Gosain, MD, they have developed the Oncology Brothers, an information site which offers their perspectives on the newest oncology developments and cancer treatments to bridge the gap between community and academia.

Dr. Gosain’s presentation “Decoding Cancer: Exploring the Essentials” included a slide presentation on what is cancer, what causes cancer, the types of cancer, treatment of cancer and what one can do about it. Cancer is caused by mutations of the cells. Causes of cancer include genetics, tobacco use, infections, radiation, age, and environmental causes. The types of cancer include lung, breast, prostate, colorectal; early diagnosis and keeping updated with screenings is extremely important. The most prevalent cancer in males is prostate cancer and breast cancer in females. Dr. Gosain traced the history of cancer from 1943 until 2011. He presented the future of cancer which includes immunotherapy, target therapy and liquid biopsy.

Patients must ask their doctors questions and advocate for themselves. Therapies are increasing lifespans. Physicians must embrace Artificial Intelligence (AI) as it is transforming the world, including medicine. Dr Gosain predicts physicians will be replaced if they do not embrace AI. Preventing cancer includes quitting smoking, limiting alcohol intake, maintaining healthy weight, exercising regularly, protecting skin from sun exposure, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and getting recommended cancer screenings. He ended his presentation with a quote from Desmond Tutu, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”