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What is Cancer?

Cancer is caused by abnormal cells that grow uncontrollably. There are many types of cancer, and it can develop anywhere in the body. Cancer can spread from the body part in which it started to other parts of the body.

Learning you or someone you love may be facing a cancer diagnosis can be scary and overwhelming. No matter where you are on your journey, UR Medicine’s experts are here for you with compassionate care, step-by-step guidance, and the most advanced treatments and trials.


UR Medicine's Wilmot Cancer Institute provides world-class treatment and care.

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UR Medicine's Approach

At UR Medicine, our experts work together to create personalized cancer treatment plans for each of our patients. Your treatment plan will depend upon your cancer diagnosis. It may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or additional treatment options.

Wilmot Cancer Institute offers access to more clinical trials than any other cancer center in the Rochester region. We have dozens of researchers and clinical trials specialists on site with decades of experience in managing studies.

We treat many different kinds of cancer, and have specialty-trained teams to provide you with the best care possible. Our experts conduct pivotal research with the goal of preventing and conquering cancer through innovation in science.

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What Sets Us Apart?

UR Medicine is home to some of the nation's top cancer experts. Our renowned physicians and scientists are transforming cancer care through advanced research and patient care.

With more than a dozen locations in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region, we offer quality, compassionate cancer care close to home. Our specialty clinics and services provide individualized care, guidance, and support to help improve cancer treatment.

We understand that a cancer diagnosis can change your life completely. At UR Medicine, we offer emotional support, help navigating benefits and financial concerns, wellness programs and more to meet your needs.


Our care team is here for you. Find a UR Medicine expert and get care now.

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