Our Patient Experience

Our Promise

Working closely with your primary care physician, our myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and leukemia experts — who focus 100 percent of their work on understanding, preventing and curing MDS and leukemia — will be at your side and your family’s side, every step of the way. As a Roswell Park patient, you have our unconditional promise that you will:

  • Have full access to information, options, services, resources and research protocols
  • Be an active and informed participant in all aspects of your MDS care
  • Receive comprehensive care based on the unique features of your MDS subtype

Better Outcomes Through Multidisciplinary Care

Whether you are seeking treatment for MDS or leukemia as an inpatient or outpatient, you will be surrounded by a highly experienced network of experts who concentrate exclusively on these illnesses. Our team delivers multidisciplinary care that provides our patients with superior clinical results.

The idea of multidisciplinary cancer care (combining and coordinating many specialized areas of medicine) was pioneered by our founder, Dr. Roswell Park, in 1898. He placed the patient at the center of a diverse team of specialists — each with a keen understanding of a specific medical discipline — who shared their insights and observations. The new approach brought remarkable results: cancer patients began to live longer.

Today, multidisciplinary teams at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center have expanded to include specialists who are involved in all facets of care, from diagnosis through long-term follow-up care. Although more research is needed, some studies suggest that cancer patients have better outcomes when they are treated at National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers such as Roswell Park — and multidisciplinary cancer care is key to those results.

Meeting of the Minds

Our MDS physicians hold regular meetings with other members of Roswell Park’s Leukemia Service and with the Blood and Marrow Transplantation (BMT) Team to identify patients who should be considered for BMT or enrollment on new clinical trials. Every case is reviewed from many perspectives to achieve the best possible treatment outcome.

Quality of Life

Quality health care is more than medical tests and successful treatments. Providing all our patients with the highest quality of life is important to every member of the Roswell Park MDS Team. Recognizing this, we practice a patient-centered model of care that is respectful, safe and compassionate, and addresses your unique physical, psychological, and practical needs.

Living with Cancer

At Roswell Park, we believe that survivorship begins at diagnosis and lasts a lifetime, with uninterrupted access to specialized cancer care and support. We want to ensure that any early warning signs of recurrence are detected and treated immediately; that all your present and long-term needs — physical, psychosocial, nutritional, spiritual, legal — related to living with cancer are met; and that routine preventive and follow-up care is always available to enhance your health, well-being and peace of mind.