Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute Research
Welcome to Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute
Intellect and discovery characterize growth at the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute. We continue to emphasize our state-of-the-art interdisciplinary patient care, in which medical, surgical and radiation oncologists jointly determine the best therapeutic course for each patient. We also focus our attention on becoming designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Among other strengths, the Cancer Institute's emphasis on rural, underserved populations is a focus of the CCSG application. Many of these efforts are conducted through the Appalachian Cancer Network by volunteers throughout Pennsylvania who provide education and screening services, as well as behavioral interventions, to reduce cancer risk. Our free-standing facility, which opened June 2009, was designed to reinforce our concept of a community of individuals devoted to providing comprehensive cancer care and finding a cure for cancer.
The Cancer Institute's four scientific programs:
- Cancer Virology and Immunology
- Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention
- Cancer Control and Population Health
- Experimental Therapeutics
The scientists in the Cancer Control and Population Health and the Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Programs continue collaborative work on two major grants examining the role of tobacco in leading to cancer. In the Experimental Therapeutics Program, our scientists have been awarded several grants from NCI in the area of nanotechnology. These projects, developed with leading researchers at University Park, are aimed at delivering new cancer treatments to individual cancer cells. Through our network of local hospitals throughout central and northeastern Pennsylvania, the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute brings research to patients in a growing number of communities. Click here for a list of our partners and affiliates.
We continue to expand our research programs. PSHCI now has 143 investigators from 25 academic departments in six colleges located at the Hershey and University Park campuses. Over the past five years, our NCI funding has increased by 16% with a 22% increase in the past 3 years. This is quite impressive given the funding crisis at the NIH. We are making similar strides in the area of clinical trials. In the past year, 18% of our new cancer patients were enrolled on a therapeutic or prevention trial.
Immune cell role in intestinal movement may lead to better understanding of IBS
Learning the role of immune-system cells in healthy digestive tracts and how they interact with neighboring nerve cells may lead to new treatments for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Researchers from Penn State College of Medicine, in collaboration with other scientists, have reported the role of macrophages in regulating the contractions of the colon to push digested material through the digestive tract.More...
The Medical Minute: Don’t skimp on shades this summer
Sunscreen and sunglasses top the list of summertime must-haves for most people. But just as skin can burn on an overcast or chilly day, eyes can sustain damage anytime you’re outdoors without sunglasses.More...
Penn State Hershey to offer next Fit, Trim, and Slim session in August
People looking for a safe and effective way to lose weight are encouraged to try Fit, Trim, and Slim, a 12-week weight management program offered by Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute.More...
Grand opening held for medical/dental clinic at Bethesda Mission for LionCare
Penn State College of Medicine medical students were on-hand when Harrisburg’s Bethesda Mission introduced its new medical and dental clinics to the community with a grand opening on Monday, June 30. Bethesda Mission is a homeless shelter in Harrisburg that serves the greater Harrisburg area and is also home to LionCare, Penn State Hershey’s student-run clinic.More...