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Congressman Higgins Advocates for Renewal of Roswell Park’s NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center Designation

Apr 18, 2018
Press Release


Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) urged the National Institutes of Health to renew Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center’s national designation, set to expire in 2019.   Higgins urged reauthorization of the esteemed comprehensive cancer center status currently held by Roswell Park, in a joint letter with Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and in remarks on the House Floor.

“Mr. Speaker:  One hundred and twenty years ago, Doctor Roswell Park founded one of the first cancer centers in America in Buffalo, New York. 

“For the last century Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center has been a leader in furthering our understanding of cancer and pioneering new patient treatments.

“Roswell Park gave the world the first preclinical chemotherapy program, the prostate-specific antigen test and is collaborating today with Cuba on a promising new lung cancer vaccine. 

“Herceptin for metastatic breast cancer was clinically trialed and tested at Roswell and new immunotherapy clinical trials are occurring there today.  In addition to promising new treatments, Roswell is home to compassionate cancer experts, for those afflicted with cancer and for those who love the afflicted. 

“Today we are urging the National Institutes of Health to renew Roswell Park’s well-deserved designation as one of just 49 national cancer centers in the nation. 

“New life saving and life quality treatments are within reach at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.”

A copy of the letter and additional details on Roswell Park’s application to the National Cancer Institute are available at: