BUFFALO, N.Y. -- An important announcement at Roswell Park Cancer Institute Tuesday that will mean millions of dollars in funding.
It's designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center has been renewed by the National Cancer Institute for another five years.
Roswell Park is one of only 41 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country, and the only one in Upstate New York.
Along with the renewal, Roswell will be receiving $19 million in funding during the next five years. That money helps support its research programs and scientific infrastructure.
Roswell officials say this designation ranks it among the top cancer centers in the world. That makes it more attractive for scientists and physicians looking for cutting-edge research and treatment programs, and increasing support from philanthropic sources.
Governor Cuomo says Roswell Park is the "anchor" of the economic growth on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus that's helping the rebirth of Buffalo.
"If it wasn't for what Roswell did all those years and the stamina, and the staying power, and the organization, none of the quote un quote new Buffalo would be happening," said Cuomo.
Roswell Park has been designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center since 1974.