Rep. Slaughter Delivers $1M for Wilmot Cancer Center Expansion

March 27, 2006

Rep. Louise Slaughter today announced $1 million in federal funding to support the expansion of cancer care and research at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center. 

“We have seen tremendous advancements in the treatment of cancer, but there are many more challenges ahead,” Slaughter said. “With this kind of technology at our disposal, leading facilities like Wilmot will be able to help more cancer patients in a more effective way than ever before.”

The funds will be used to bring the newest and most advanced radiation therapy system, Trilogy Radiosurgery System, to enhance treatment for people with cancer.

“This technology offers the next generation of radiation therapy treatments to our cancer patients,” said Joel Seligman, president of the University of Rochester. “We are committed to providing the very best

“The Wilmot Cancer Center and Medical Center have a long tradition of leading the use of radiation therapy to treat cancer.  This is a natural progression for us,” said C. McCollister Evarts, M.D., senior vice president for health affairs and CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center. 

The Wilmot Cancer Center is a critical resource for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in upstate New York, a region with a population base of 1.4 million people.  Each year, oncologists deliver more than 18,000 radiation therapy treatments and another 19,000 outpatient infusions and chemotherapy treatments to people with cancer.  In addition, they perform about 120 stem cell/bone marrow transplants, the second most in the state.

“We appreciate the efforts by Congresswoman Slaughter to support the Wilmot Cancer Center as we expand our state-of-the-art cancer care for the people of upstate New York,” said Richard I. Fisher, M.D., director of the Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

This Wilmot Cancer Center has outgrown its space and is in the midst of a comprehensive campaign to construct a 163,000-square-foot facility and expand clinical and research programs to meet the growing demand for expert care. Leaders have raised $20 million, nearly half of the $42.5 million goal.

The new building and programs will let more Rochester area residents with cancer stay close to home for outstanding care and accommodate the rising number of people from outside the region coming to Rochester for Wilmot’s expertise. It’s expected the new building and programs will lead to Wilmot Cancer Center doubling its workforce, bringing the number to 1,200 employees, and create an additional 700 jobs to support the operation.

The Wilmot Cancer Center is the leader in cancer care, research and education in the Finger Lakes region. The team of 600 doctors, nurses, scientists and staff provide diagnosis and comprehensive, multidisciplinary clinical care for all forms of cancer.  With oncologists who specialize in each cancer working closely with scientists, nurses and staff, the Wilmot Cancer Center is dedicated to a single mission: to beat cancer.

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