3D Imaging Program

In 2020, please help us fund cutting-edge 3D technology to provide Roswell Park surgeons with virtual reality headsets and 3D-printed models to support the future of cancer surgery.  

This year’s selected project is Roswell Park’s Department of Diagnostic Radiology 3D Imaging Program. Virtual reality and 3D modeling can make a huge difference for surgeons by showing them the real-life intricacies of cancerous tumors and patient anatomy, and how each has affected the other. Additionally, allowing patients to see 3D models of their cancer can help them understand what’s going on with their disease and the potential impact of surgery. It can mean peace of mind when making a life-changing decision.

Over the course of the year, we will be raising funds to support these new additions to the 3D Imaging Program that will make Roswell Park a pioneer in the use of 3D technology:

The Remote Virtual Reality Program

Virtual reality (VR) headsets allow visualization of a tumor model in the lab, clinic or operating room. VR can make a huge difference for surgeons by showing them the real-life intricacies of cancerous tumors and patient anatomy, and how each has affected the other. They can explore what awaits them inside a patient’s body and use portable headsets in the operating room as a guide as they move through surgery.

Funds raised this year will be used to purchase a fleet of wireless VR headsets that will be stationed in clinics and operating rooms, making this technology readily available for Roswell Park surgeons during patient consults and when performing surgeries.

Enhanced 3D-Printing

With a 3D-printed, patient-specific anatomical model, doctors can not only see but feel exactly how a tumor surrounds and intertwines with an organ. They can feel the same things their fingers will actually touch when they operate on the patient. The 3D Imaging Program currently prints these anatomical models with a printer that produces models in a single color and material. The lab is starting to design surgical guides that can potentially be printed in-house and used in surgery.  

The FOR Society’s support will enable the program to purchase a new 3D printer dedicated to making surgical guides that handle only biocompatible materials to prevent cross-contamination.

Enhanced 3D-Printing

With a 3D-printed, patient-specific anatomical model, doctors can not only see but feel exactly how a tumor surrounds and intertwines with an organ. They can feel the same things their fingers will actually touch when they operate on the patient. The 3D Imaging Program currently prints these anatomical models with a printer that produces models in a single color and material. The lab is starting to design surgical guides that can potentially be printed in-house and used in surgery.  

The FOR Society’s support will enable the program to purchase a new 3D printer dedicated to making surgical guides that handle only biocompatible materials to prevent cross-contamination.

What is Roswell Park?

Driven to eliminate cancer’s grip on humanity, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center has a long history of cancer care. Founded in 1898 as the nation’s first cancer research center, Roswell Park grew from the vision of Dr. Roswell Park. This highly respected surgeon believed that investigations in the lab and the clinic should go hand in hand. We’ve offered our patients this combined approach to cancer care for well over a century.

Today, Roswell Park is one of the leading cancer facilities in the country. Our research has led to historic breakthroughs in the way we understand, prevent and cure cancer. That expertise also enhances how we train the next generation of physician leaders.

Previously Funded Projects

The COVID-19 Response Fund

The COVID-19 pandemic caused unprecedented changes in all of our lives, with profound upheavals in family, social, home, financial and work situations. In the months of April and May 2020, Future of Roswell Society donations were directed to support the Roswell Park COVID-19 Response Fund, which was used to immediately help Roswell Park patients and staff by supporting COVID medical treatment and research, assisting patients experiencing financial hardship, providing meals for front-line caregivers and proving telemedicine support for patients.

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SurVaxM

In 2019, the FOR Society raised over $17,000 to help support the startup of a first-of-its-kind research trial to battle childhood brain cancer using a vaccine developed at Roswell Park. The trial, which is on track to open in late 2020, will use the SurVaxM immunotherapy vaccine to help children, teens and young adults with medulloblastoma, one of the most aggressive pediatric cancers.

Thanks to FOR Society’s support, Roswell Park has been able to give a young patient named Lili and her family hope. Meet Lili and hear her story in this video.

What is the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation?

Established in 1991, the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that manages all donations made to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Its mission is to maximize dollars available for Roswell Park’s most promising research, treatment and prevention programs while supporting the psychosocial needs of patients and families touched by cancer.

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Four-star rating on Charity Navigator.

Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator, gives the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation a four-star rating, which is its highest seal of approval. This rating takes into account how the Alliance Foundation allocates its funds to categories like fundraising, administrative costs and program growth. Roswell Park is proud to receive this recognition for charitable excellence. We’ll keep on funding cutting-edge research and patient-support programs for as long as it takes to cure cancer.