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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.

Dr. Niraj Gusani to Participate in ABC News/AACR Twitter Chat on September 16

Surgical Oncologist Dr. Niraj Gusani, Director, Program for Liver, Pancreas and Foregut Tumors, will be one of several physicians nationwide participating in the ABC News Twitter Chat "Report Card on Cancer" with ABC Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser. The Twitter chat follows the American Association for Cancer Research's (AACR) release of its Cancer Progress Report 2014 on Tuesday, Sept. 16 (#CancerProgress14). The Twitter chat will be live from 1-1:30 p.m. ET and will highlight the latest advances in cancer research and treatment. Follow or participate in the ABC News Twitter chat (#abcDrBchat) and follow the latest Tweets from Dr. Gusani on Twitter at (@NirajGusani).

Register Today for a Free Prostate Cancer ScreeningProstate Screening

Prostate cancer strikes one in seven American men. There's no better time than NOW to get checked for prostate cancer. Penn State Hershey will host a free screening on Monday, September 22 and Wednesday, September 24 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in University Physician Center, Suite 3100 on the Medical Center campus. Appointments are available on a first-call basis. For more information and to register, call 1-800-243-1455.

 

 

Screening and awareness contribute to fewer prostate cancer deathsJay Raman, M.D.

Fewer men are being diagnosed with and dying from prostate cancer these days. While that is due in part to widespread awareness and better treatment, it is also the result of more judicious screening. Learn more here from urologist Jay Raman, M.D.

 

 

 

Celebrating SurvivorshipCelebrating Survivorship

The staff and patients of Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute joined in the celebration of the 27th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day to recognize the importance of survivorship care while honoring more than 14,000,000 cancer survivors in the United States. Survivors volunteered their time to greet patients and celebrate them. Staff filled the walls and waiting areas with awareness ribbons, homemade treats, and lavender carnations. Patients displayed messages of hope and inspiration on the donor wall in the Cancer Institute lobby to show why surviving cancer is something to celebrate.  Click here to learn more.

Liver Cancer: A Matter of Facts on abc27Liver Cancer - A Matter of Facts on abc27

Liver cancer specialists from Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute were featured on abc27's Liver Cancer: A Matter of Facts, along with survivors who shared their journey. About 75,000 men and women will face a diagnosis of liver cancer in the United States this year. When detected early, there is greater chance of successful treatment. Watch the show now to learn more about risk factors, diagnosis, the latest treatments and prevention. If you'd like to schedule an appointment, please call 717-531-8623.

Raymond J. Hohl, M.D., Ph.D., joins Cancer Institute as new Raymond J. Hohl, Director, Cancer Institutedirector

Raymond J. Hohl, M.D., Ph.D., recently accepted an appointment as director of Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute. Hohl comes to Penn State Hershey from the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Iowa, where he held the Holden Family Chair/associate chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, as well as associate director for clinical and translational research. At Penn State, he will hold academic appointments as professor in the departments of Medicine and Pharmacology. Learn more here.

 

Cancer Institute Unites with Big Ten Research Consortium

The Big Ten cancer centers have united to transform the conduct of cancer Cancer Institute joins Big Ten Cancer Research Consortiumresearch through collaborative, hypothesis-driven, highly translational oncology trials that leverage the scientific and clinical expertise of Big Ten universities. The Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium creates a unique team-research culture to drive science rapidly from ideas to treatment-changing paradigms. Within this innovative environment, today's research leaders collaborate with and mentor the research leaders of tomorrow with the unified goal of improving the lives of all patients with cancer. Watch a video here.

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.

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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