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.
Hershey Community Garden vies for grant in online competition
The Hershey Community Garden is a nominee for a grant from Seeds of Change, an organic seed company. In order to win a grant, the Community Garden needs the help of the entire Penn State Hershey community to vote. Click on this link to vote: http://www.seedsofchangegrant.com/TheGallery.aspxMore...
Special lighting of the Crescent building recognizes upcoming occasions
As part of an ongoing effort to reduce energy usage and operate in a more cost efficient and environmentally friendly manner, Penn State Hershey installed an LED lighting system to illuminate its signature Crescent building, replacing the original and less efficient facade lighting. This week, the building is lit in blue in honor of National Child Abuse Awareness Month.More...
Presentation to explore the world of modern day slavery
Penn State Hershey will host a presentation by advocacy group Women at Risk Int’l titled “Modern Day Slavery: Trafficking & Exploitation of Vulnerable Women” at noon April 23 in Lecture Room C.More...
Pinwheel garden set up in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that everyone can play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in the community. Over the last week, new decorations have popped up on the lawn of Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.More...