Interlakes Oncology Group Links with Wilmot Cancer Center

Affiliation Launches James P. Wilmot Community Oncology Network

March 01, 2004

Interlakes Oncology and Hematology, P.C., has formed an affiliation with the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center to improve cancer care in Rochester and throughout the Finger Lakes Region. This is the first alliance of the new James P. Wilmot Community Oncology Network, designed to expand cancer research and cancer care.

This venture brings together Rochester’s largest cancer center and largest independent oncology practice.  It will broaden access to the newest therapies and cutting-edge treatments for people with cancer. 

“We know how important it is for our patients to get state-of-the-art cancer care in their hometown.  This exciting new affiliation with the Wilmot Cancer Center will be a huge step forward in meeting this goal,” says Robert F. Asbury, M.D., Interlakes president.  “Our doctors are committed to furthering care through research and we want to be a part of meaningful scientific discovery here in Rochester. That’s why we chose to work with the Wilmot Cancer Center.”

As part of the agreement, Interlakes’ patients will be able to join Wilmot Cancer Center’s clinical trials and those available through the Southwest Oncology Group, the nation’s largest cooperative research organization. Interlakes’ oncologists could also join the University of Rochester faculty and participate in educational and training programs at the Wilmot Cancer Center.

“This is an excellent opportunity for both Wilmot and Interlakes to work together to provide high quality cancer care to people in the Rochester area,” says Richard I. Fisher, M.D., director of the Wilmot Cancer Center at Strong. “We have a history of cooperation and collaboration and this solidifies that relationship.”

Interlakes and Wilmot Cancer Center have worked together for several years at F.F. Thompson Hospital’s Sands Cancer Center.  Interlakes provides clinical oncology services and radiation oncology care is offered by the Wilmot Cancer Center.

The Wilmot Community Oncology Network will grow to include oncology practices through Central and Western New York in an effort to expand research efforts and provide cutting-edge care to people with cancer.

Interlakes Oncology and Hematology, founded in 1996, is committed to providing state-of-the-art, compassionate cancer care to patients, as close to their homes as possible.  The practice includes five oncologists, five physician assistants and a nurse practitioner, with offices in Geneva, Lakeside Hospital in Brockport, Brighton, Park Ridge Hospital in Greece, and F.F. Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua.

At each site, consultation services and chemotherapy infusions are available.  Research protocols are offered through the affiliated not-for-profit Upstate New York Cancer Research and Education Foundation.  In the last eight years, more than 700 people with cancer have volunteered to participate in clinical trials at the Interlakes’ sites.

The James P. Wilmot Cancer Center is a leader in cancer care, research and education in Western New York.  It provides diagnosis and comprehensive, multidisciplinary clinical care for all forms of cancer.  With oncology specialists in various cancers working closely with scientists, nurses and staff, the Wilmot Cancer Center is dedicated to a single mission: to beat cancer.

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