Founded in 1898 as the nation’s first cancer center, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is a free standing cancer center that brings together the best medical and scientific minds in cancer care.
Roswell Park was the first institution in the world to focus exclusively on cancer research. It grew from the vision of Dr. Roswell Park, an eminent surgeon who accurately predicted that cancer would become a leading cause of death both in the United States and worldwide. He believed the disease could be eradicated only through well-organized scientific research, and that investigations in the laboratory and clinic should go hand-in-hand in order to accelerate discovery and speed the delivery of promising new treatments. Since then, Roswell Park has served as a model for cancer research institutions in many countries. Research conducted here has led to historic breakthroughs in understanding, preventing, and curing cancer.
Since 1974 Roswell Park has been recognized by the NCI as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. Being the first, it has served as a national model and is the only one in Upstate New York. Roswell Park is also a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers. In addition to the main hospital, Roswell Park is also comprised of 2 satellite offices and 5 community cancer practices with collaborating physicians. Roswell Park also has an academic affiliation with SUNY Buffalo Graduate School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Our population is made up of approximately 34,000 patients under active care coming from 43 states and 6 countries.
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