Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute

Penn State Cancer Institute

The experts of Penn State 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.


Center Stage

Center Stage is the performing and visual arts program at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Our mission is to enhance our healthcare community with art and music that calm, nurture and inspire. We provide the art making and live music programs for our Cancer Institute patients and caregivers.


The Medical Minute: Are you at increased risk for colorectal cancer?

Most people know doctors recommend a colonoscopy at age 50 to screen for colorectal cancers. What they might not realize is that earlier screening may be necessary if they have a family history of colorectal cancer or other diseases. Learn more why earlier screening is important.

Cancer Institute researcher awarded $50,000 through statewide grant program

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition honored Nancy Lill, assistant professor of pharmacology at Penn State Cancer Institute, with a $50,000 grant to take the next steps with her research into triple-negative breast cancer.

The funding is part of $150,000 the coalition is awarding this year to breast cancer researchers across the state. The money comes from the Research Grants Initiative, which began in 1997 and utilizes donations from Pennsylvanians on the state income tax form along with private donations. More than $3 million has been contributed to the program, and more than 90 grants have been awarded to breast cancer researchers.

Lill plans to use the grant on a specialized project targeting the treatment of aggressive triple-negative breast cancers. Her team plans to advance novel anticancer compounds, known as schweinfurthin analogues, toward the ultimate goal of clinical use against certain cancers that have been resistant to chemotherapy.

“The funding from your organization fills a critical gap in the research pipeline,” Lill said, addressing the coalition.

Among those on hand for the check presentation were Pat Halpin-Murphy, president and founder of the PA Breast Cancer Coalition, and Dr. Raymond Hohl, director of Penn State Cancer Institute.

Jeffrey Peters, deputy director

Jeffrey Peters appointed deputy director

Penn State Cancer Institute has appointed Jeffrey M. Peters, distinguished professor of molecular toxicology and carcinogenesis in the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at Penn State, as its new deputy director. Click to view article: Jeffrey Peters appointed deputy director of Penn State Cancer Institute.

Penn State Cancer Institute recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review

Becker Hospital Review awardPenn State Cancer Institute has been named among the “100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Oncology Programs” by Becker’s Hospital Review, a leading source of business and legal information for healthcare industry leaders.

According to Becker’s, hospitals included on the list offer patients comprehensive cancer care involving teams of specialists, participation in clinical trials and personalized treatment programs. The editorial team at Becker’s selected hospitals for inclusion based on accreditations earned and recognitions received.

The Cancer Institute, based on the campus of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, is south central Pennsylvania’s only academic cancer care center. The institute provides patients with high-level care, conducts advanced research and leads community outreach initiatives. The Cancer Institute offers a range of services including personalized risk assessment and counseling and unique clinical trials.

Smart Talk: Colorectal Cancer Awareness - it can be prevented

As part of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Ray Hohl, director of Penn State Cancer Institute, and Dr. Walter Koltun, chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, discussed on WITF-FM's Smart Talk the causes, risk factors, and symptoms of colorectal cancer, treatment options, and what we're learning about this disease.

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

COC Accredidation Gold Status

Upon recently completing its Commission on Cancer (CoC) survey and accreditation site visit, Penn State 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 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.

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 800-227-2345.

Free Wig Program

Penn State 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 800-227-2345 for more information.

Penn State Cancer Institute delivers cancer services throughout central and eastern Pennsylvania. The Institute's mission includes clinical care, research, education and community outreach. Our 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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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.