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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.

Breast Density and Your Cancer Risk: What You Should Know

More than 50 percent of women have dense breast tissue and may have an increased risk of developing breast cancer. Join Breast Center specialists for one of three classes to learn more about this topic and how it affects your health, including:

  • What is breast density and what are the associated risks?
  • How can breast density affect the detection of cancer in a mammogram?
  • What should I do if I have dense breasts?
  • How do I know if I’m considered high-risk?

Meet members of the Breast Center team, ask questions and take home educational materials. Bring your lunch, light refreshments will be served.

Register today: Seating is limited; pre-registration is required.

  • November 9, 2016, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Registration
    Location: Penn State Hershey Medical Center – 30 Hope Drive Entrance A, Room 2702, Hershey, PA 17033

Men's Health: A matter of facts

Do you have questions about prostate cancer or men’s health?

abc27 is teaming up with experts from the Penn State Cancer Institute to discuss men’s health, prostate cancer and bladder cancer.

You are invited to call and talk one-on-one with the physicians on our panel during our live program which airs at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, 2016.

During the show, you may call at 717-346-3333. This number will be staffed from 7:00pm to 8:00pm on November 17 only. 

CLIMB (Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery)

Children, like adults, can benefit from professionals who understand their needs, as well. CLIMB (Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery) is a free, four-week program designed to help children cope when someone they love has cancer by encouraging discussion and creativity.

The child’s loved ones are also welcomed. The program increases their understanding of cancer and its treatment, as well as allows children to form new friendships and bonds with others going through the same thing.

  • This free, four week program is designed for children between the ages of 5-13 years old, whose parent or grandparent is in active treatment for cancer.
  • All sessions are facilitated by a health care provider who is specially trained in the care of families coping with cancer.
  • Pre-registration is required. Limited availability.

To register, contact Nichole Cook at 717-531-7942 or Lynn Fantom at 717-531-7942.

Session Dates: Each week builds on the previous session, so please plan on attending all four, if possible.

  • September 27, 2016, 6-8 p.m.
  • October 4, 2016, 6-8 p.m.
  • October 11, 2016, 6-8 p.m.

East Health Campus
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Breast Center – Entrance A, Conference Room 1710-A 
30 Hope Drive
Hershey, PA 17033


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.

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.

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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