Founded in 1898 in Buffalo, New York, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, previously known as Roswell Park Cancer Institute, is America’s oldest dedicated comprehensive cancer center. Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is one of 70 designated comprehensive cancer care centers by the National Cancer Institute. The institution is housed in 15 buildings located on 25 acres in downtown Buffalo, with one million square feet of space that include a hospital building and comprehensive diagnostic and medical research facilities.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute is dedicated to providing mesothelioma patients with dedicated experts collaborating together to create a personalized, multidisciplinary treatment plan. Mesothelioma specialists work together with pathologists, radiologists, surgeons and more to create the best treatment plan for an individual’s unique diagnosis.

Roswell Park offers the latest treatments and technology. They are pioneers of the emerging treatment photodynamic therapy, which uses light and special agents to target cancer cells. The center offers standard treatments, like extrapleural pneumonectomy and chemotherapy. Specialists are also experienced in advanced treatments for peritoneal mesothelioma that have proven to significantly extend life expectancy. Cytoreductive surgery combined with a heated chemotherapy wash, known as hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy or HIPEC, is frequently utilized at the center to improve patient outcomes. The center also implemented a similar chemotherapy procedure for pleural mesothelioma, known as intrapleural heated chemotherapy (HITOC). For eligible patients, clinical trials are also available to those with any stage of mesothelioma, giving the opportunity to potentially extend survival with the latest promising therapies.

The cancer center also offers a variety of support services to patients and their families during and beyond their treatment journey. Pain management programs, a nutrition and food service team, emotional support and help with all the logistics of cancer treatment are offered to ease the difficult time.


  • Extrapleural pneumonectomy
  • Pleurectomy/decortication
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Cytoreductive surgery + HIPEC
  • Recurrent malignant mesothelioma


  • U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital
  • Becker’s Hospital Review Great Oncology Program
  • Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons
  • Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

Mesothelioma Clinical Trials at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

The following clinical trials are in progress or actively recruiting participants at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center:

Phase II Trial of Radical Pleurectomy With or Without Intraoperative PDT for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

Conditions: Mesothelioma

Last Updated: April 15, 2019

Status: Recruiting

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