How to Contact UPMC Cancer Center
One of the largest cancer networks in the United States is found at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). With more than 2,000 cancer doctors and research scientists, UPMC Cancer Center makes groundbreaking advances in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
UPMC is a non-profit organization and is ranked as one of the top 25 hospitals in the U.S. for cancer treatment. The Hillman Cancer Center is a premier cancer facility and the home of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. UPMC also is outfitted with a mesothelioma care center that specializes in treating this rare disease. This specialized program treats the two most common types of mesothelioma, pleural and peritoneal, which affect the linings of the lungs and abdomen.
The UPMC Cancer Center offers a number of diagnostic procedures for patients suspected of having pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma. The Mesothelioma Specialty Care Center’s mission is extremely patient-focused. The staff understands that early detection of mesothelioma and rapid treatment are imperative for managing the disease and working toward the most-favorable outcome. Their goal is for patients to meet with a mesothelioma doctor within one week of the initial phone call and for treatment to start within a few weeks of the first physician visit.
Numerous mesothelioma experts in thoracic surgical oncology, pathology, radiology and pulmonary care work as a team to develop individualized treatment plans for each and every patient. Patients in the UPMC Mesothelioma Specialty Care program receive multimodal treatment. This combination treatment approach involves surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
Advances in multimodal treatment now have added heated chemotherapy in conjunction with the pleurectomy procedure. This discovery has added heated chemotherapy as an optimal treatment that results in cancer cell removal. These types of advanced discoveries have helped UPMC earn the prestigious Comprehensive Cancer Center title from the National Cancer Institute. Only the nation’s finest cancer centers with scientific leadership, broad resources and wide-ranging clinical research obtain this superior title.
UPMC Lung Cancer Program
World-renowned thoracic surgeons, radiation and medical oncologists, pathologists, and pulmonologists team together to offer patients their advanced knowledge and mesothelioma expertise at the Lung and Esophageal Cancer Treatment Program. This team of experts utilizes an interdisciplinary and coordinated approach when treating mesothelioma while striving to determine the correct combination of treatment therapies for every patient to ensure the most favorable outcome.