Cancer is Our Only Focus
Founded in 1898, Roswell Park was the first center in the world to focus exclusively on cancer. Our patients receive cancer care in disease-site specific clinical centers at our state-of-the-art facilities. Our multidisciplinary teams of experts — board-certified surgical, medical and radiation oncologists —collaborate to ensure each patient’s treatment evaluates all options, follows evidence-based best practices, is optimally coordinated, and delivered with compassion and respect.
The Most Advanced Treatments
Roswell Park is home to one of the largest early-phase clinical trials programs in New York State, offering the latest promising therapies for all types and stages of cancer. Our patients were some of the first to benefit from Herceptin (breast cancer), Gleevec (leukemia), Yervoy (melanoma), and many other treatments that are now FDA-approved.
We provide a full menu of services — all in one location — for diagnosing and treating cancer and helping survivors live healthy lives after treatment has ended. Programs include rehabilitation therapy, lymphedema care, dental care and maxillofacial prosthetics, palliative care, pain management, psychological support, clinical genetics counseling, nutrition assistance and many others. Patients may also take advantage of such complementary therapies as massage, acupuncture, reiki and aromatherapy.
Among the Elite
As members of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), we’re part of a group of elite cancer centers that continually review the latest medical literature to raise the standard of cancer care. We routinely measure and document a multitude of quality indicators including survival outcomes, readmission and infection rates, wound healing statistics and other metrics. We benchmark our data against our national colleagues and routinely publish these outcomes for all to see. This level of transparency is unrivaled in the region. Our physicians sit on several NCCN panels that determine best practices for clinical care and write the treatment guidelines used throughout the world.
Leading in Immunotherapy
Our Center for Immunotherapy is a national leader in developing new treatments to help a patient’s immune system fight cancer. We offer cancer vaccines, adoptive T-cell transfer, oncolytic viral therapy, checkpoint blockades, monoclonal antibodies, cytokines and combination therapies. We engineered the world’s first two-gene combination for adoptive T-cell therapy, created the brain cancer vaccine SurVaxM and the NYESO-1 vaccine for late-stage ovarian cancer and many other types of solid tumors. We’re the only center in the U.S. offering a clinical trial of the Cuban CIMAvax lung cancer vaccine. Members of our Immunotherapy team are highly skilled in identifying and managing the side effects of immunotherapies.
Designed to De-stress
Atmosphere makes a difference. A cancer diagnosis can lead to intense stress. We’ve designed beautiful and uplifting spaces to help relieve some of that stress, with a rich collection of artwork, musicians who perform daily in the hospital lobby and a beautiful park for relaxing when the weather’s warm. Our therapy dogs stop by public areas in the hospital and Clinical Sciences Center for a little one-on-one attention. Our artists-in-residence invite patients and visitors to nurture their creativity through painting and other visual arts. It’s all part of how we take care of both body and spirit. The MMMB Patient Terrace is an open-air space for meditation, contemplation and conversation designed to provide a respite for patients, families and staff.
Treatment the Roswell Park Way
Cancer affects people in different ways. Often the diagnosis itself causes emotional distress. Treatment may cause side effects. Some people may need assistance with financial or legal matters related to their diagnosis. That’s why Roswell Park provides care for the whole person. While our surgical, medical and radiation oncologists treat the disease, our patients can also rely on a team of psychologists, social workers, dietitians and other professionals, who work together to provide a full spectrum of integrated care — all under one roof. We know every patient is unique. That’s why we deliver the highest-quality care, with a treatment plan tailored specifically for you.
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The Roswell Park Quality Outcomes 2017 publication offers insight on clinical trends and outcomes within the Institute.
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Roswell Park has earned a spot on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 list of Best Hospitals for cancer, placing it in the top 4 percent of the nation’s cancer centers.
Hearing “you have cancer” usually triggers a range of emotions in people that may include anxiety, sadness, anger, fear, confusion and a sense of urgency to have the cancer treated as soon as possible.