John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital is partnering with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University at Buffalo (UB) for the benefit of the youngest patients in our region. The new Roswell Park Oishei Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Program will enhance the care we provide for children and adolescents with cancer and hematologic disorders.

While we have been collaborating with these organizations for decades, this newly aligned joint program reflects new opportunities for improving medical and supportive care by strategically matching clinical needs to resources at each partner institution and delivering care from linked state-of-the-art clinical facilities located on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the team at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center to provide our pediatric patients with the best care and resources available, says Allegra C. Jaros, MBA, President at John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital. “This collaboration will allow us to make significant advancements in the fight against childhood cancers and hematologic disorders that will positively impact the lives of children and their families in our community and beyond.”

"This process has been a labor of love involving nearly 200 individuals across the three institutions," says Kara Kelly, MD, who oversees the collaboration in her roles as Waldemar J. Kaminski Endowed Chair of Pediatrics at Roswell Park, Program Director for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Oishei Children’s Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics at UB’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. "This program truly brings together the best of the best, integrating these critically important services into a whole. By working together, we're able to do so much more than we could as individual organizations. I’m grateful to all teams who came together and worked tirelessly to make this a reality."

The program provides coordinated oncology and hematology care for pediatric patients, including:

• Diagnosis, treatment, follow-up and survivorship care for children and adolescents with cancer
• Care for patients with many non-cancer hematologic disorders, including sickle cell disease, anemia and disorders of the blood clotting system
• Blood and marrow transplant (BMT), including for those under age 4 who previously had to travel outside of Western New York for transplant
• Access to new and emerging diagnosis and treatment approaches, including CAR T-cell therapy and clinical trials
• Integrative medicine, including massage, yoga, acupuncture and Reiki
• Support services, including psychosocial oncology, child life care, social work and nutritional counseling

Inpatient care, surgeries, BMT and critical care will be provided at Oishei Children’s Hospital, where the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Hematology/Oncology Patient Suite on the 12th floor has been dedicated to meet the needs of young cancer and blood disorders patients, including an 11-bed inpatient unit.

Outpatient care, including chemotherapy/infusion treatments, transfusions and radiation therapy, will be provided in the Katherine, Anne & Donna Gioia Pediatric Hematology Oncology Center at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. A variety of supportive care and allied health services, all provided by experts specializing in pediatric care, will be available at both facilities.