More Care, More Access, More Survivors
Look at your watch or the nearest clock. After two minutes, a woman in the U.S. will have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Thirty seconds after that, someone will have been told they have lung cancer. And about 30 seconds after that, a parent will have learned their child has some form of cancer.
The ubiquity of this terrible disease in our society is staggering. In the absence of a cure, the Lipson Cancer Institute believes the best way to battle this is to ensure that exceptional treatment centers have a similar omnipresence in our region. That’s why our focus during the Because Care Matters Campaign is to increase the access to comprehensive cancer care across our system.
The Campaign’s $300 million goal represents the aspirations we have for our outpatient facilities, our presence in Rochester Regional Health hospitals as well as our programmatic goals that will enhance a multidisciplinary and fully integrated approach to care.
Until we can reduce the incidence of cancer, we need to put all of our effort into increasing the number of survivors. We can do that by choosing not to see this as something that affects us as individuals, but as a community.
Together, we can be “cancer-strong” and give more people a better chance at a longer, healthier life.
Pradayumna Phatak, MD
Chief, Medical Oncology and Hematology
Lipson Cancer Institute