Specialized Criteria

The Facts

  • Facilities that have extensive experience with the use of new technology have a better chance of providing the most favorable outcomes.
  • Centers that conduct research on new therapies tend to be more committed to pushing the envelope of care. Plus, the exchange of ideas between researchers and clinical practitioners can speed the incorporation of new findings into patient care.
  • Specialists who teach tend to be more familiar with up-to-the-minute technology.

Some Considerations

  • People and facilities. Is the center investing in their people and facilities? Do some of their people participate in national committees devoted to furthering cancer technology? How up-to-date are their surgical facilities? Do they seem to be able to attract and keep high quality clinicians and scientists?
  • Special techniques. What is there capability to perform minimally invasive surgery for your type of cancer? Organ conservation surgery? Special radiation techniques that increase the accuracy of radiation delivery to cancer cells while lowering exposure to healthy tissue.
  • Equipment and software. What advanced equipment and software do they own that might be applicable to your type of cancer? What certification programs have specialists completed to be able to appropriately use this equipment?
  • Clinical research. Are clinical trials available for your type of cancer. Get information about clinical trials at the James P Wilmot Cancer Center
  • Basic and translational research. How broad is their array of research? Can they give you an example of how their basic research has been translated into new patient treatments.

Using the best technology for the right situations is fundamental to our mission. We have emerged as a leader in medical excellence by being the first in the region to learn and use the most promising new procedures and equipment.

The Cancer Center is the only cancer facility in Upstate New York affiliated with, and located within, a university medical center. By engaging in both research and education, we contribute to the development of new technology and the training of physicians from around the world in leading-edge techniques.

Our patients profit from our research association with access to the newest available treatments, many times before they are available on a more general basis both in the region and nationally