Welcome to Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute

The experts of Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute are committed to fighting cancer on every front: through education and prevention, early detection and diagnosis, effective treatment, and survivorship programs. Our facility provides patients access to all aspects of care in a single destination including:

  • Infusion therapy suites and private rooms for chemotherapy
  • A state-of-the-art radiation oncology suite that offers treatment options that refine tumor targeting and reduce treatment time, such as RapidArc radiotherapy
  • A chemotherapy and infusion pharmacy staffed by clinical pharmacists and certified pharmacy technicians
  • An outdoor healing garden that offers a quiet retreat for both patients and families

Seamlessly integrating these services creates a real-time medicine model that helps ensure each patient receives the right diagnosis and the right therapy at the right time.

CLIMB Program Begins February 18

Registration is open for CLIMB (Children's Lives Includes Moments of Bravery), a free, four-week program designed to help children cope when someone they love has cancer by encouraging discussion and creativity. All sessions are facilitated by a health care provider who is specially trained in the care of families coping with cancer. Children between the ages of five and thirteen whose parent or grandparent is in active treatment for cancer can participate. All sessions are held at Penn State Hershey Breast Center, 30 Hope Drive. For dates, times and registration information, click here.

Cancer Institute earns three-year full accreditation with gold level commendation status

Upon recently completing its Commission on Cancer (CoC) survey and accreditation site visit, Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute achieved full accreditation with gold level commendation status for three years. from the American College of Surgeons. "This recognition highlights our membership in an elite group of cancer programs committed to providing high-quality cancer care to the patients of our region," noted Dr. Raymond Hohl, director, Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute. "It underscores our commitment to excellence and plays an important role in advancing our mission to improve the lives of our patients."

The Cancer Committee - forty faculty and staff of Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine and a liaison from the American Cancer Society-East Central Division - prepared for the site visit.

The CoC is dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. Click here to learn more about the CoC.

9th Annual Pink Zone at Penn StateNiraj Gusani, M.D.

Mark your calendar for Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 1 p.m. for the 9th annual Pink Zone at Penn State when the Lady Lions welcome the Wisconsin Badgers to the Bryce Jordan Center. For more information about ticket sales, Pink Zone events and ways to give, visit pennsylvaniapinkzone.org.

If you are a breast cancer survivor who would like to register for free bus transportation to the Pink Zone game, click here. Survivors are eligible for one free ticket plus up to three more for family and friends, and are invited to participate in the special halftime ceremony and post-game ceremony with the Lady Lions. Survivor registration deadline is Thursday, February 12. For more information, click here.

Official Pink Zone t-shirts are available for $15 in both adult and youth sizes. They can be purchased at Penn State Hershey Breast Center, 30 Hope Drive or by contacting Pennsylvania Pink Zone.

New SoundHealth Podcast Features Dr. Niraj GusaniNiraj Gusani, M.D.

As part of National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Niraj Gusani, who heads the Program for Liver, Pancreas and Foregut Tumors at the Cancer Institute, recently participated in a SoundHealth podcast to discuss pancreatic cancer—one of the most dreaded cancer diagnoses. It often proves deadly because it's typically aggressive, yet causes few or no symptoms until the late stages. As with many forms of cancer, there is hope for a cure when it's caught early–and many promising treatments for those with pancreatic cancer in any stage. Listen to the full podcast here.

Penn State Philanthropist is Way Above Par…In This Case, That's a Good ThingWarren Gittlen

Leaders from Penn State, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, and the College of Medicine, along with more than 125 guests, gathered to celebrate the longstanding philanthropic partnership of Warren Gittlen and the Jake Gittlen Memorial Golf Tournament. The Gittlen family and the Tournament - which Warren started in 1970 to honor the memory of his father, Jake, and support cancer research at Penn State Hershey - have collectively given more than $23 million to further scientific discovery through the Jake Gittlen Laboratories for Cancer Research.

The lobby of the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute was named in honor of the Tournament's generosity. Click here for the full story

Free wig program provides a sense of comfort and joy to cancer patientsFree wig program

During a recent appointment at the Cancer Institute, patient Patricia Greene of Palmyra chatted with Wig Salon volunteer Linda Breniser who helped her find the perfect color and style wig at the start of her treatment.

When Patricia Greene learned she would need a stem cell transplant and probably lose her hair, she remembered signs she had seen around the Cancer Institute at Penn State Hershey about a wig program where patients could get fitted for a free wig.

The Palmyra woman stopped by the Wig Salon - located inside the first floor infusion  room - to chat with volunteer and breast cancer survivor Linda Breniser. Together, they tried different colors and styles until they found one suitable for Greene.

"I wanted to be prepared for when I lost my hair, but I wouldn't have had time to go elsewhere and look for a wig," Greene said. "It is such an awesome program. To lose your hair is really hard on a woman and they were so considerate and kind and patient… it made me feel so much better."

Earlier this week, representatives from the American Cancer Society came to Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Wig Salon's opening, and the fact that Salon volunteers have fitted 228 women with free wigs since then – more than any other Wig Salon in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Click here for the full story.

How can you decrease your risk for Breast and Ovarian CancerIgnoring your family history isn't worth the risk

Everyone has some risk of developing breast cancer. Learning your risk early may help prevent cancer from occurring or catch it when it is most treatable. Penn State Hershey Breast Center's high-risk assessment team provides a comprehensive screening and customized care plan for your level of risk based on your personal screening. Protect your health and the health of the women in your family.

Schedule an appointment today by calling 717-531-5867. Meet the team and learn how the Breast Center can help you decrease your risk.

Look Good… Feel Better

Look Good…Feel Better helps female cancer patients improve their appearance and self-image by teaching them hands-on beauty techniques to manage the appearance of side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. This program is available throughout the year at Penn State Hershey. dates, locations and times vary. Registration is required. View the full schedule here. To register, call 1-800-227-2345.

Free Wig Program

Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute is a proud supporter of the American Cancer Society's Free Wig Salon program located in Infusion Therapy - first floor to help patients undergoing cancer treatments and experiencing hair loss. Those who may be looking for a wig can visit the private Wig Room where a trained volunteer provides personal assistance in wig selection, fitting, styling, and wearing at no charge. Call 1-800-227-2345 for more information.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for Vitamin D Metabolism Study A Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute research team led by Robin Taylor Wilson, Ph.D. is seeking healthy, African-American and European-American volunteers ages 18 to 30 to participate. Learn more about the purpose of this study and access the screening questionnaire.

Our goal is to restore our patients and their families to wholeness, both emotionally and physically, while helping them live with the diagnosis of cancer. We encourage you to connect with other cancer patients, caregivers, family and friends at any of our support groups. Share your experiences with others living with cancer, and hear practical, up-to-date information from our cancer care teams, including what to expect during treatment, how to manage treatment side effects, and more. Click here for a complete list of support groups.

CLIMB Program Begins February 18

Registration is open for CLIMB (Children's Lives Includes Moments of Bravery), a free, four-week program designed to help children cope when someone they love has cancer by encouraging discussion and creativity. All sessions are facilitated by a health care provider who is specially trained in the care of families coping with cancer. Children between the ages of five and thirteen whose parent or grandparent is in active treatment for cancer can participate. All sessions are held at Penn State Hershey Breast Center, 30 Hope Drive. For dates, times and registration information, click here.

Awards

Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute named Blue Distinction Center for Complex and Rare Cancers
 
Highmark Blue Shield has named Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute—at both Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Lehigh Valley Hospital—as a Blue Distinction Center for Complex and Rare CancersSM.
 
Complex and rare cancers comprise approximately 15 percent of new cancer cases each year, making it difficult for patients to research or locate facilities with oncologists or surgical teams that are experienced in treating these specific malignancies. Click to learn more.

Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute delivers cancer services throughout central and eastern Pennsylvania. The Institute's mission includes clinical care, research, education and community outreach. Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute brings the benefits of cancer-related research and education at Penn State's College of Medicine to the care of patients at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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