New Roswell Park Endoscopy Center is First of its Kind in Region

Cutting-edge technology, fellowship-trained specialists expand capabilities for advanced procedures
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Take a look inside Roswell Park's new, state-of-the-art Endoscopy Center during our Grand Opening ceremony on November 13, 2014.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — At a ribbon-cutting ceremony today, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (Roswell Park) unveiled a new Endoscopy Center, a multipurpose clinical space that brings together advanced endoscopy and interventional pulmonology services into one state-of-the-art facility. The new center, designed for optimal patient safety and comfort, was built to meet increasing demand for minimally invasive endoscopic procedures used for diagnosis, staging and treatment of malignant and nonmalignant gastrointestinal and pulmonary conditions.

Endoscopic procedures use a thin, camera-equipped tube — an endoscope for gastrointestinal procedures and a bronchoscope for pulmonary procedures — to see inside the body, without surgery, resulting in less trauma, faster recovery and reduced risk for complications. Roswell Park is a high-volume center for endoscopic ultrasound, performing 800 a year; and for bronchoscopic ultrasound, performing 400 a year. In addition, Roswell Park is the only regional facility to offer several advanced interventional options, such as photodynamic therapy, double-balloon enteroscopy, autofluorescence bronchoscopy, medical pleuroscopy and more. More than 90% of procedures are done at Roswell Park on an outpatient basis.

“Roswell Park’s new Endoscopy Center combines the latest technological tools with the expertise of some of the only fellowship-trained interventional pulmonologists and advanced GI endoscopists in the country,” says Candace S. Johnson, PhD, Cancer Center Director and President and CEO of Roswell Park. “Bringing these resources together creates a center of excellence where we can provide less-invasive procedures, a better experience and better outcomes for our patients.”

Highlights of the new Endoscopy Center include:

  • Onsite Pathology Department presence for immediate, mid-procedure review and diagnosis; action or treatment can proceed right away without the need to bring a patient back for another procedure
  • Fellowship-trained GI endoscopists and interventional pulmonologists
  • The ability to provide therapeutic options such as photodynamic therapy (PDT), cryotherapy, electrocautery and ablation procedures
  • Symptom palliation, such as opening airway obstructions and clearing and stenting blockages of the esophagus and bile duct
  • Increased capacity for the High Risk Lung and Colorectal Cancer Screening programs

The new facility more than doubles the size of Roswell Park’s previous endoscopy center, which operated at full capacity. The new center boasts five larger, fully equipped treatment bays, better accommodating physician collaboration.

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The mission of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1898, Roswell Park is one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit www.roswellpark.org, call 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or email AskRoswell@Roswellpark.org. Follow Roswell Park on Facebook and Twitter.

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