We Set The Model

In 2021, Roswell Park celebrated the 50th anniversary of the passage of the National Cancer Act. Find out how we became a model for other cancer centers around the world.

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Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center has served its community for more than 120 years with care characterized by its compassion, innovation and effectiveness.

Founded in 1898 and operating from a 29-acre campus on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) near downtown Buffalo, New York, Roswell Park today remains the only comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Upstate New York, and one of only four NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers in all of New York. In the past year, Roswell Park teams cared for more than 46,000 patients. Roswell Park helps set international standards in cancer care through its role as a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and consistently earns patient-satisfaction scores that are among the highest in the country.

The work of the Roswell Park team encompasses many different disciplines and approaches, all rooted in some aspect of how cancer affects our lives — and in how a solution today can lessen that impact tomorrow. Roswell Park has been credited with establishing the model for today’s multidisciplinary approach to cancer care. A seamless interface of scientific inquiry and clinical application affords patients access to promising breakthroughs in cancer diagnostics, technologies and therapies. We also educate the next generation of cancer experts, with hundreds of learners coming to us each year for enrichment or education opportunities ranging from shadow days and internships to clinical training, fellowships and graduate degree programs in cancer science.

Hope Lives Here: Roswell Park in Our Community 2021

Caring for cancer patients and their families is just the beginning of Roswell Park’s mission. It’s important to us to give back to our neighbors in the Western New York community and beyond through events, educational opportunities, health screenings and partnerships.

See how far Roswell Park’s community engagement extends in “Hope Lives Here: Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Our Community,” our 2021 community annual report.  

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