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Dr. Michael Carol Snyderman

Oncologist

Dr. Michael Snyderman is an oncologist practicing in Buffalo, New York. Dr. Snyderman specializes in the care and treatment of patients with cancer. As an oncologist, Dr. Snyderman manages and oversees the treatment of a cancer patient after he or she has been diagnosed with the disease. Oncologists will care for their patients throughout the course of the disease. Types of oncologists include medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, pediatric oncologists and hematologist oncologists.
Dr. Michael Carol Snyderman
  • Buffalo, New York
  • Temple University
  • Accepting new patients

What can I do to control my persistent tiredness?

There is a name for what you are experiencing: Cancer-Related Fatigue (CRF). The etiology appears to be a disturbance in multiple parts of the immune system with resulting inflammation READ MORE
There is a name for what you are experiencing: Cancer-Related Fatigue (CRF). The etiology appears to be a disturbance in multiple parts of the immune system with resulting inflammation that spills over into the brain. As the cause of this immune disturbance isn't clear, there is no established treatment. Some people with CRF will benefit from s-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) 400 mg twice a day. SAMe can shut down bad genes but doesn't work in everyone and is OTC and pricey. A prescription med that is also used in lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis, Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) 200 mg twice a day sometimes helps CRF. A retinal specialist has to OK this medication as there is a very small chance of retinal damage.

Can cancer cause short-term memory loss?

Cancer can be associated with "Cancer-Related Fatigue," which includes cognitive changes. This is worsened by chemotherapy and is then called "chemo-brain." There is ongoing research READ MORE
Cancer can be associated with "Cancer-Related Fatigue," which includes cognitive changes. This is worsened by chemotherapy and is then called "chemo-brain." There is ongoing research as to whether these problems are caused by viruses, because we have medications to fight viral infection. Additionally, a B12 deficiency is common in cancer patients and can surprisingly be a difficult diagnosis to make. The serum B12 level is unreliable and the physician has to test the levels of homocysteine and methylmalonic acid, check the balance (Romberg sign) and examine the blood smear.

Should I take certain vitamins or supplements after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer? Which ones?

Vitamin D deficiency in epidemiological studies has worsened outcomes in cancer so it is reasonable to supplement it. 2000 u/day is safe, but clear this with your primary physician. READ MORE
Vitamin D deficiency in epidemiological studies has worsened outcomes in cancer so it is reasonable to supplement it. 2000 u/day is safe, but clear this with your primary physician. The other vitamins are problematical. In tissue culture, s-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) shuts down cancer genes but although this is available as a supplement, it has never entered clinical trial so we don't know if it would work with cancer patients.