Roswell Park clinicians and researchers are working to quickly answer questions about the cause of cancer and the effectiveness of potential therapies by working together on key programs. RPCI is the only upstate New York facility to hold the National Cancer Institute designation of "comprehensive cancer center" and one of 49 such centers in the United States. This designation means that a cancer center's combined research, treatment and educational programs have weathered extensive peer review, met rigorous national standards, and made fundamental contributions to reducing the cancer burden.
While a great deal of collaboration exists among investigators in all disciplines, there are five major research programs at RPCI, each with well-defined missions, themes, goals, and investigative mechanisms. These programs also incorporate the expertise of clinical researchers within the departments of medicine, surgery, radiation medicine and pathology and the subspecialty services.
In addition to these key research focused programs, Roswell Park staff participate in several Disease-site Research Groups. These include:
- Head & Neck
- Hematologic Oncology
- Sarcoma and Melanoma