Founded in 1898 by Dr. Roswell Park, Roswell Park Cancer Institute is America’s first cancer center. Dr. Park’s revolutionary model of a “multidisciplinary approach” to cancer — where scientists and clinicians work in concert and in consult — has become the standard by which all modern-day Comprehensive Cancer Centers are measured. Roswell Park is one of only 49 centers in the United States to hold the National Cancer Institute’s prestigious designation of “Comprehensive Cancer Center.”
From its inception, Roswell Park identified cancer research as the core element of its mission. Since then, groundbreaking research by Roswell Park scientists has led to greater understanding of the nature of cancer and to major advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment that are now in use worldwide.
Roswell Park instituted the nation’s first chemotherapy program, pioneered studies on the relationship between smoking and lung cancer and developed photodynamic therapy (PDT) and the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. A comprehensive cancer genetics program, now under development at Roswell Park, will rival the world’s leading programs in that field. The Institute also made significant contributions to the landmark human genome project. Roswell Park’s Center for Pharmacology and Therapeutics is one of the few centers in the nation capable of all phases of drug development, from the conceptual stage through manufacturing and testing.
Roswell Park’s mission is simple: to understand, prevent and cure cancer.
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