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.

April is Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness MonthHead and Neck Cancer Awarness Month - Crescent Lighting

As part of Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month - and in honor of head and neck cancer patients and their families - the signature Crescent on the Penn State Hershey Medical Center campus was illuminated in burgundy and white. Learn more about special lighting of the Crescent.

New Head and Neck Cancer Support GroupHead and Neck Cancer Support Group

The head and neck cancer team at Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute is hosting the inaugural head and neck cancer support group on Sunday, April 27 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at the University Conference Center, Room 302A on the Medical Center campus. Head and neck surgeon Dr. Genevieve Andrews will discuss Head and Neck Cancer 101, and patients will share stories about living with or treating head and neck cancer. The team's goal is to build a group that allows head and neck cancer patients at the Cancer Institute, as well as their family members, to develop connections with and receive support from other patients and caregivers. Please RSVP to Betty Cek, clinical nurse coordinator, at bcek@hmc.psu.edu with the number of people attending. Click here for directions and to view a campus map.  

Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

Make a difference one step at a time by joining the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute head and neck cancer team in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on Saturday, May 17, at Harrisburg Area Community College. Gather your friends, family members, neighbors and co-workers to help support Penn State Hershey. All funds generated from this event will fund important research in head and neck cancer. Registration opens at 7:45 a.m.; 5K walk begins at 9:00 a.m.; 1 mile walk begins at 9:15 a.m. Click here for more information and to join team "Head N Neck R Us" as part of this event.

Free Skin Cancer ScreeningFree Skin Cancer Screening

As part of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, Penn State Hershey is offering a free skin cancer screening on Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in University Physician Center, Suite 100.

Appointments are required and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and can be made beginning Thursday, May 1 by calling the CareLine at 1-800-243-1455.

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 Joins Big Ten Cancer Research ConsortiumCancer Institute joins Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium

In athletics, the Big Ten universities compete against each other, but now many will join together against a common foe - cancer. The Cancer Institute is uniting with university cancer centers to form a powerful collaboration -the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium--designed to transform cancer research through collaborative oncology trials that leverage the scientific and clinical expertise of the Big Ten universities. The Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium creates a unique team-research culture in which cancer leaders will collaborate with and mentor the research leaders of tomorrow with the goal of improving the lives of all cancer patients. Click here to learn more about how the consortium will help to turn ideas into potential new treatments.

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.

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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