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Cancer Institute

At the Cancer Institute, our medical experts come together to help their patients fight cancer by using some of the most comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services available anywhere. 

From initial consultation to diagnosis and treatment through follow-up, the doctors of the Cancer Institute are dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality cancer care, the most advanced technology and specialized services so that patients have the necessary knowledge to be able to choose the plan of care that’s best for them.

Led by experienced specialists, the Cancer Institute is committed to providing patients with world-class cancer treatment and compassionate care. Every day, hundreds of physicians, scientists, administrative staff and other healthcare professionals work together to help people with cancer.

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The Cancer Institute provides patients with the expertise of specialists in numerous disciplines to help create effective treatment strategies. 

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We are committed to providing world-class healthcare in your hometown. The affiliated institutions of West Penn Allegheny Health System serve Pittsburgh and the surrounding five-state area. 

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Information for Patients

Advancements in cancer treatment for the past 20 years have come from clinical trials and cooperative group research initiatives. Our Cancer Institute and hospitals have recognized and remained committed to the utilization of clinical trial research. As members of the National Cancer Institute’s major clinical trials group, as well as several other national-based organizations, we expand our clinical trial interests to various cancer diagnoses and treatments.

Lung Cancer Screening

Allegheny Valley Hospital offers a Lung Cancer Screening program designed to promote early disease detection among high-risk individuals and improve their outcomes.  The screening process includes a low-dose CT scan to detect lung cancer in its early stages when there are typically no associated symptoms.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women.  According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 250,000 new cases of lung cancer are diagnosed each year in the U.S. and more than 160,000 people die annually from the disease.

The vast majority of patients with lung cancer is diagnosed in advanced stages of the disease and is significantly less likely to be treated successfully.  A recent clinical trial conducted by the American College of Radiology Imaging Network and the National Cancer Institute Division of Cancer Prevention however, demonstrated that screening current, and former heavy smokers for lung cancer using low-dose computed tomography (CT) imaging scans reduced their risk of dying from the disease by 20 percent.  Learn more about the lung cancer screening program at Allegheny Valley Hospital.


Skin Cancer: Advancing Treatments But Prevention Still Key

More than 9,000 Americans are expected to die this year of melanoma, an aggressive and sometime fatal form of skin cancer. In this WQED-TV story, Dr. Howard Edington, Chair of the Department of Surgery at the Allegheny Health Network and a nationally recognized skin cancer specialist, talks about the importance of prevention, treatment and who's at risk for melanoma. WQED also talks to a two-time survivor from Pittsburgh who is fighting back by spreading awareness of the disease.

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Information for Doctors

The Cancer Institute is committed to providing patient care throughout the Western Pennsylvania region using sophisticated computer technologies and advanced treatment options.

Teamwork is an essential component of cancer care at West Penn Allegheny. We bring together leaders in surgical, medical, hematological and radiation oncology, along with clinical cancer researchers with expertise in numerous disciplines to develop effective treatment strategies.

Each specialist works in collaboration with the patient's primary care physician to provide diagnostic and treatment services as close to the patient's home as possible. Prevention, health education and after-care programs offer patients and families the support they need to encourage the healing process.

The Cancer Institute has a full complement of oncology specialists who diagnose and treat a full spectrum of cancers. We also offer services at a wide variety of hospitals, outpatient clinics and offices throughout western Pennsylvania and the tri-state area. Our Cancer Directory provides contact information for all our specialists.

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