Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Infobox Hospital
Name = Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Org/Group = National Cancer Institute; National Comprehensive Cancer Network

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Location = Buffalo
Region = Erie County
State = New York
Country = United States
HealthCare = Medicare
Type = Teaching, Specialist, Research, Education, comprehensive cancer care
Speciality = Cancer treatment
Standards =
Emergency = n/a
Affiliation= State University of New York
Beds = 112
Founded = 1898
Closed =
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The Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is a comprehensive cancer research and treatment center located in Buffalo, New York. Founded in 1898 by Dr. Roswell Park, it was the first dedicated medical facility for cancer treatment and research in the United States. The facility is involved in drug development and conducts clinical research for cancer treatment.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute is the only upstate New York facility to hold the National Cancer Center designation of "comprehensive cancer center" and to serve as a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

Over its long history, Roswell Park Cancer Institute has made fundamental contributions to reducing the cancer burden and has successfully maintained an exemplary leadership role in setting the national standards for cancer care, research and education.

The campus spans 27 acres in downtown Buffalo and includes 1.5 million square feet of space equally distributed between clinical programs and research/education functions. A hospital building, completed in 1998, houses a comprehensive diagnostic and treatment center. In addition, the Institute built a new medical research complex and renovated existing education and research space to support its future growth and expansion.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute is dedicated to providing total care to the cancer patient; to conducting research into the causes, treatment and prevention of cancer; and to educating the public and the next generation of those who study and treat cancer.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute is committed to providing the highest quality, state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment in a caring environment, built on the concept that a holistic approach to the medical and psychosocial needs of the cancer patient is essential to successful treatment.

The Institute continually strives to offer:

* Innovative research which provides fundamental new understandings of the prevention, causes, control and cure of cancer
* Access to promising new treatments for patients who develop cancer
* Unique cancer treatments for patients who develop cancer
* Unique cancer treatment services which ultimately will lead to better quality of life outcomes
* Educational resources for the medical professional, paraprofessional and allied health worker
* Community outreach programs throughout Western New York, with special emphasis on minority and high-risk populations
* Solutions in cancer prevention and education leading to a healthier population and reduced public expenditure for preventable cancers and related illnesses

RPCI’s multidisciplinary centers include: the Breast Service; Chemotherapy/Infusion; Dermatology, Soft Tissue Melanoma, Thoracic; Lower Gastrointestinal; Upper Gastrointestinal; Genito-Urology; Head & Neck; Pediatric; Gynecology and Hematology/Neurology/Pain. Supporting these Centers are important clinical resources that include, but are not limited to: Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine; Blood Bank/Plateletpheresis; Clinical Research Services; Community Cancer ResourceCenter; Diagnostic Imaging; Genetics Counseling/Testing; Infectious Disease Service; Nursing; Pain Medicine; Pathology & Laboratory Medicine; Patient Advocacy; Photodynamic Therapy; Psychosocial Support; Radiation Oncology; Rehabilitation (physical, occupational and speech therapy); and Therapeutics (experimental).

RPCI also offers specialized treatments, services and therapies not available elsewhere in the region including: High-dose Chemotherapy; Photodynamic Therapy; Gamma Knife; Follow-up Clinic for Long- term Survivors of Childhood Cancer; a Regional Center for Maxillofacial Prosthetics; the Buffalo-Niagara Prostate Cancer Consortium; Clinical Genetics Testing and Counseling; the Center for HIV-related Malignancies; Lymphedema Clinic; Balloon Kyphoplasty; Brain Mapping; Cancer PainManagement Service; High Risk Breast Clinic; Intraoperative MRI; Minimally Invasive Surgical Suite; Mohs’ Surgery;
Robotic Surgery and Colorectal Cancer Risk Management Clinic.

There are five major basic and translational programs that work to develop new and improved therapies and state-of-the-art diagnostic technology; identify and apply innovative approaches to cancer prevention and early detection; and understand the mechanisms that cause, prevent and control disease. These programs are Biophysical Therapies, Cancer Prevention, Genetics,Therapeutics and Tumor Immunology. Research departments include Biostatistics; Cancer Biology; Cancer Genetics; Cancer Prevention & Population Sciences; Cell Stress Biology; Immunology; Molecular and Cellular Biology; and Pharmacologyand Therapeutics.

Previous names:
* State Pathological Laboratory of the University of Buffalo, 1898-1911
* State Institute for the Study of Malignant Diseases, 1911-1946
* Roswell Park Memorial Institute (RPMI), 1946-1992

Historical Firsts:
* America’s First Cancer Center
* First example of direct government interest (New York State) in cancer research
* Developed the world’s first chemotherapy program in 1904
* Pioneered the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test
* Pioneered Photodynamic Therapy
* Pioneered 5-FU and Leucovorin for colorectal cancer – the gold standard chemotherapy for this disease
* Collaborated on the landmark studies of the Human Genome project
* Leads the nation in the number of robotic cystectomies performed

Vital Statistics:
* One of Western New York’s top 20 employers
* Cited as one of “The Best Places to Work” in WNY by Business First
* More than 3,200 employees, including 256 physicians and senior scientists, and over 500 nurses
* Average Length of Service: 9.26 years
* Active employees who are members of the 25-Year Club (length of service > 25 years): 365
* Members of The Jurassic Society (retired, but active senior faculty): 19
* Hospital Admission: 4,539
* Outpatient Visits: 168,845
* Patients Under Active Care: 26,041
* Patient Origin: 39 states, 7 foreign countries
* Number of Beds: 112
* Average Length of Stay: 7.1 days
* Results of Patient Satisfaction Surveys: Over 98 percent of Roswell Park patients consistently rate the care at Roswell Park as excellent or very good and over 97 percent of patients say they would recommend Roswell Park to other cancer patients.
* Grant monies (per annum): $89.1 million
* Funded Research Projects: 522
* License Agreements: 65
* U.S. Patents: 119
* Collaborations with Biopharmaceutical Companies: 169

Education Annually:
* 250 clinical residents/oncology fellows
* 100 postdoctoral research fellows
* 196 predoctoral graduate students
* 75 summer research students in high school and college, medical and dental schools
* 40 exchange visitors - international research scholars

Biotech Spin-offs
* AndroBioSys
* Cleveland BioLabs, Inc.
* Empire Genomics
* Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute
* NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences, University at Buffalo
* PersonaDX

Affiliations/Satellites and Research Partners:
* Amherst Center, Williamsville, NY (Chemotherapy and Infusion Satellite)
* Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford, PA (Network Affiliate)
* Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, NY (Radiation Oncology Satellite and Network Affiliate)
* King Hussein Cancer Center, Amman, Jordan (Network Affiliate)
* King Hussein Cancer Biotechnology Institute, Amman, Jordan (Network Affiliate; Research, Clinical and Education Programs)
* Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, NY (Network Affiliate)
* University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras Campus (Education)
* WCA Hospital, Jamestown, NY (Radiation Satellite and Network Affiliate)
* Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China (Research and Education Programs)


Much of this article appears to be plagerised from []


Legacy and History of Roswell Park Cancer Institute by Dr. Edwin Mirand
Roswell Park Cancer Institute ( Are Roswell Park Institute Publication Version July 2008

External links

* [ Roswell Park Cancer Institute Homepage]
* [ Roswell Park Alliance Foundation]
* [ Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus - RPCI]
* [ Roswell Park Cancer Institute Education Home]
* [ The Paint Box Project]
* [ Carly's Club]
* [ Ride for Roswell]
* [ Team Cure Challenge]
* [ Y-Roswell Park for Generation Y]
* [ Gilda Radner Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry]

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