The James P. Wilmot Cancer Center will celebrate its 2,000th life-saving, blood and marrow transplant with a survivors’ celebration Wednesday, July 22. A picnic will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Buckland Park Lodge, 1341 Westfall Road.
Transplant survivors young and old, and their families, are encouraged to attend the event, which features Brug’s Country Barbecue. Advance registration is requested by calling (585) 275-5284.
“We have seen great successes for our patients and surpassing our 2,000th transplant was a significant milestone for our program. This is a time to celebrate each person’s journey,” said Gordon L. Phillips II, M.D., director of the Samuel E. Durand Blood and Marrow Transplant Program.
The Wilmot Cancer Center, the only site in the Rochester and the Finger Lakes Region to offer transplants, provides about 120 each year. It is the largest program in Upstate New York and is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Hematopoietic Cell Therapy.
Blood and marrow transplantation is the accepted therapy for several conditions – acute myelogenous and lymphoblastic leukemia, chronic myelocytic leukemia, aplastic anemia, Hodgkin’s disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, neuoblastoma, as well as a variety of other inherited diseases.
The doctors and nurses at Wilmot provide three types of transplants: autologous transplants using a person’s own stem cells or marrow removed previously; allogenic transplant using cells or marrow from a relative with similar genes; or an unrelated transplant, using cells or marrow from a stranger with similar genes.
The center has seen significant success, with 100-day survival rates exceeding national benchmarks in all categories for marrow and stem cell transplants.