Welcome to Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute
New hope for healing.
Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute is the region’s only comprehensive cancer center. Internationally recognized cancer specialists deliver cancer care and research in one building keeping you close to home. Our team works together to guide you through diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. We treat virtually every type of cancer.
No two cancer patients are the same. The best treatment for one patient may not be right for another. That’s why we build customized cancer treatment plans drawing upon the many resources available to you, including groundbreaking clinical research studies, advanced technology, and an expert team of physicians, all in one place. Our multidisciplinary approach ensures that your treatment plan reflects the combined expertise of many physicians—from surgeons, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists to radiologists, pathologists, other specialty physicians, and nurses providing various levels of care.
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.
Palmyra Field Hockey "In The Pink" Game
The Palmyra Area Middle School field hockey team raised $2,000 for the Karen Dwyer Jones Fund at Penn State Hershey Medical Center for local breast cancer patients – an increase of $250 from last year. The girls and their parents had a bake sale; sold t-shirts, headbands, bracelets and pins; and had numerous raffle baskets among other things to raise the funds. This is the third year that the team has donated money to the Karen Dwyer Jones Fund. Raising awareness at this young age is critical, and they have a great beginning with many thanks to their coaches and parents. Thank you, girls, for a job well done both on the field and in your hearts.
New Cancer Care Partnership Formed
Mount Nittany Health and Penn State Hershey Health System recently joined together to create CANCER CARE PARTNERSHIP, a partnership of Mount Nittany Health and Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, to provide state-of-the-art, personalized hematology, medical oncology and infusion services at the Lance and Ellen Shaner Cancer Pavilion at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College. The new collaboration makes it easier for Centre County-area residents to gain access to the resources of our academic health center as close to home as possible. Click here to learn more about CANCER CARE PARTNERSHIP.
Leung Joins Penn State Hershey
Anna M. Leung, M.D. recently joined Penn State Hershey as assistant professor of surgery, Division of General Surgical Specialties and Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She specializes in diagnosing and treating patients with breast cancer, melanoma and sarcoma. Click here to learn more.
Cancer 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.
Skin and Bone Cancer: A Matter of Facts
Skin and bone cancer specialists from Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute recently teamed up with abc27 to discuss treatment and prevention during a live call-in show that featured patient survivor stories and interviews with physicians. Click here to watch the show.
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 licensed cosmetologist provides personal assistance in wig selection, fitting, styling, and wearing at no charge. All fittings in the Cancer Institute Wig Room are by appointment only. Click here for more information about the Wig Room, including how to schedule an appointment.
Finding Hope with Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute
Check out our latest issue of Finding Hope which features articles about the emotional side of cancer, thyroid cancer, thoracic/lung cancer care, ways to shield yourself from skin cancer, and clinical trials.
Provides patients, parents and other family members an opportunity to recognize staff members at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center who have created a positive patient experience through outstanding customer service, quality patient care and random acts of kindness. All staff of Penn State Hershey may be recognized, as well as non-staff whose primary role focuses on providing services at the hospital or one of our Medical Group locations.
Click here to recognize a Penn State Hershey staff member who has provided outstanding patient care or customer service.
Volunteers Needed - Genetic, Dietary and Environmental Influences on Vitamin D Metabolism
Robin Taylor Wilson, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Associate Professor, Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute
Studies by our lab and others consistently report that serum vitamin D levels are significantly lower among individuals with African American ancestry, controlling for age and other health status indicators. We have also found significant differences in the ratio of 25(OH)D3 and its breakdown product 24,25(OH)2D3 by racial/ethnic group and genetic ancestry, suggesting a slower catabolic rate for vitamin D among African Americans and individuals with West African genetic ancestry. Such differences appear to be consistent with higher bone mineral density and 3-fold lower incidence of fracture among older African Americans. Taken together, this suggests that the definition of a healthy range of vitamin D may be dependent on one's genetic background.
The purpose of this study is to determine whether there are different rates of vitamin D metabolism according to genetic ancestry, and genetic differences in vitamin D metabolizing enzymes, the vitamin D receptor, vitamin D binding protein, and vitamin D response elements known to influence expression of vitamin D metabolizing enzymes.
Assessment of the temporal changes in vitamin D metabolism according to genetic background has not yet been conducted. Understanding genetic differences in vitamin D metabolism will be key to defining sufficient levels of vitamin D, assessing cancer risk in future studies, and avoiding adverse effects. Click here to access the screening questionnaire.
This study will be conducted at the University Park Campus of Penn State at the Clinical Research Center among healthy African American and European American participants ages 18 to 30. Dr. Wilson is the Principal Investigator. Please contact Phyllis Martin, Nurse Coordinator, with questions about participating (email: email@example.com, phone: 814-865-5680).
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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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