The Pediatric Center has five major goals:
- Care for and treat children (from birth to age 18) who have cancer
- Conduct basic and clinical research aimed at improving cure rates for childhood cancer
- Identify and manage acute and long-term complications of therapy
- Provide a clinical environment in which health professionals can be instructed in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancer
- Establish new and effective psychosocial interventions for patients and their families who are coping poorly with the disease and its treatment
Roswell Park is part of the Western New York Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Program, a collaboration with Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo and the University at Buffalo. Researchers at Roswell Park are studying the late effects of therapy for childhood cancer. Late organ toxicities and psychosocial adjustments in long-term survivors are being investigated. Children's Oncology Group (COG) studies of the neuro-cognitive effects of treatment of acute lymphocytic leukemia states and of babies with brain tumors will be coordinated in Buffalo. We are a participating member of COG, which is a national cooperative group dedicated to improving survival of pediatric oncology patients through clinical and basic research.