Our Patient Experience
Working closely with your child’s primary pediatrician, our world-class team of experts will be at your side every step of the way. As a Roswell Park patient family, you have our unconditional promise that you will:
- Have full access to information, services, resources, clinical research studies, and a multidisciplinary team of specialists and support staff
- Be encouraged as an active, informed participant in all aspects of your child’s cancer care
- Receive appropriate care that addresses your child’s individual physical, mental, spiritual, practical and other needs
- Receive care that is respectful, safe and compassionate
RPCI’s Multidisciplinary Approach
Our pediatric cancer experts practice an extraordinary kind of teamwork called our multidisciplinary approach. This approach, which combines and coordinates many specialized areas of medicine, was a novel concept when our founder Dr. Roswell Park pioneered it in 1898. He placed the patient at the center of a diverse team of specialists, each with a deep understanding of an essential medical discipline and devoted to sharing their expertise in order to help people with cancer. The new approach got notable results: cancer patients began to live longer.
Since then, we've expanded our understanding of cancer beyond anything Dr. Park could have imagined. And we’ve kept pace by constantly refining our multidisciplinary care.
Our pediatric team calls on the best combination of pediatric oncologists, hematologists, pathologists, surgeons and radiation oncologists — as well as child life specialists, rehabilitation therapists, psychologists, social workers, art therapists and other support — your family may require. In turn, they collaborate with your family’s pediatrician to ensure continuity of care for life.
The treatment team meets weekly to discuss and evaluate each child’s case and collaborate to determine the very best plan.
Compassionate, Competent Caregiving
Roswell Park nurses are among the best in the nation, and have earned Magnet® Recognition for nursing excellence, a top national honor bestowed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This is a distinction held by just 6 percent of the hospitals in the United States, with Roswell Park being the only one in Western New York to earn Magnet status.
Survival Success: Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic
One of the first of its kind in the nation, our Long-Term Follow-Up (LTFU) Clinic was created to provide specialized medical care and counseling to former childhood cancer patients and help them build full, productive lives. Increased success in childhood cancer treatment has resulted in a population of survivors who may have unique issues, such as finding employment, obtaining insurance, questions regarding fertility, and the possibility for developing other malignancies later in life.
The LTFU Clinic offers:
- Office hours every Friday morning in the Pediatric Clinic.
- A complete summary of their chemotherapy, surgery, radiation and other treatments.
- Screening and surveillance in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Children’s Oncology Group for long-term follow-up. These may include timely and appropriate breast MRIs, mammograms, immunizations and more.
Any survivor of childhood cancer, regardless of where treatment was received, is welcome in this clinic.
If you have questions about the LTFU clinic, please call 716-845-4447 or 716-845-1300, x5583.