Why Roswell Park for Pediatric Cancer?

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At Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, we want the childhood cancer survival rate to keep climbing. When you trust your child’s cancer care to us, you are giving your child the tools needed to fight this battle, with access to:

  • A team of pediatric experts who specialize in your child’s specific type of cancer or blood disorder
  • Top-notch researchers
  • New state-of-the-art facilities
  • Experimental treatments, therapies and medicines
  • A large care team that supports both your child and your family

Roswell Park’s long-standing cancer history

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center has a deep history in cancer care. Founded in 1898 as the nation’s first dedicated cancer center, Roswell Park grew from the vision of Dr. Roswell Park, an esteemed surgeon who believed that investigations in both the lab and the clinic should go hand-in-hand. We’ve been providing our patients with this multidisciplinary approach to cancer care for well over a century.

Today, Roswell Park is one of the leading cancer facilities in the country. Our research abilities have led to historic breakthroughs in the way we understand, prevent and cure cancer. That expertise also enhances the way we train the next generation of physician leaders.

Our accomplished physicians are leaders in the field and hold leadership roles in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). Roswell Park oncologists not only follow the most comprehensive and up-to-date, evidence-based NCCN treatment guidelines used by physicians around the world — they write them.

Pediatric oncologist Kara Kelly, MD, Chair of the Department of Pediatric Oncology, serves on the NCCN panels that establishes the standard of care and best practices for the treatment of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and Wilms Tumor.

Partnerships provide new capabilities

Pediatric cancer and blood disorders have taken center stage with the opening of Kaleida Health’s John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital. Roswell Park and Oishei Children’s hospital have partnered to open a dedicated Cancer and Blood Disorders Program in the new freestanding children’s hospital. In addition, Roswell Park has opened the new Katherine, Anne and Donna Gioia Pediatric Hematology Oncology Outpatient Center. Both are brand-new, state-of-the art facilities.

The new outpatient center is connected to the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Buffalo, as well as UBMD Pediatrics, which has 13 additional subspecialties on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

Thanks to this partnership, we are now able to offer new capabilities and specialized services, such as:

  • An expanded bone marrow transplant program for children of all ages. This gives our youngest patients access to transplants at Roswell Park for the first time.
  • Expanded blood disorder program to treat nonmalignant disorders such as sickle cell disease, anemias, bleeding conditions and thrombosis (blood clots).
  • The Pediatric Experimental Therapeutics Program, which offers new, advanced, experimental treatments, therapies and medicines to children with all types of cancer

Our new outpatient and inpatient pediatric facilities

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The Roswell Park Oishei Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Program facilities are designed specifically for your child’s needs as he or she navigates a life-threatening disease or an ongoing illness. The bright and airy facility also helps protect your child’s immune system — if it’s severely weakened, he or she will be in the safest environment for care.

As part of our focus on family-centered care, your child will have full access to hallways and playrooms. There’s also a fully stocked kitchen where he or she can grab a favorite treat at any time, day or night.

All outpatient care for our pediatric cancer and blood disorder patients is now in one central location and next door to the inpatient pediatric hospital. Our new outpatient center allows for easy access to radiation therapy, gamma knife services, labs, and other testing. The facility is designed to bring comfort and support to your child and family, and is a caring place for activities, social time or quiet rest.

Quality care for each patient

Oishei Children’s combines an NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center with a freestanding pediatric hospital and major research university. The result? Your child receives top-tier care by experts in the pediatric cancer and hematology field from Roswell Park and UBMD Pediatrics.

Along with that, the research being done at Roswell Park and the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is cutting-edge. Our researchers are working on innovative therapies that are changing the game in cancer and hematology care. You only want the best for your child, and at Roswell Park Oishei Children’s, we deliver on our promise to provide the highest-quality care


Please contact your health insurance to confirm that your child is covered for his or her health care needs. You can also view a summary of health care disclosures as well as insurance plans and networks that provide coverage at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Roswell Park offers a financial assistance program for those who have shown a financial need. Please call a Roswell Park Financial Counselor at 716-845-4782.

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Contacts and directions

To contact Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, call 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or email AskRoswell@RoswellPark.org.

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