Western Pennsylvania Cancer Institute
4800 Friendship Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15224
Founded in 1848, Western Pennsylvania Hospital is one of the largest tertiary facilities in the region and each year it admits more than 20,400 patients, performs approximately 14,000 surgical procedures, and logs more than 30,000 emergency visits. In addition to becoming the only major teaching hospital in Pennsylvania to be recognized by the Solucient Institute as one of the country’s 100 Top Hospitals for three years in a row, in 2004, Western Pennsylvania Hospital was also the only health care facility in Allegheny County and one of four hospitals in the state to be named to the list.
Western Pennsylvania Hospital offers health care services in dozens of areas including, but not limited to: bone marrow transplant, cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, colorectal surgery, critical care medicine, diagnostic and interventional radiology, emergency medicine, endocrinology, gastroenterology, general surgery, gynecology, gynecologic oncology, hematology/oncology, infectious diseases, internal medicine, medical oncology, minimally invasive surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology, neurosurgery, obstetrics, oncology, pain medicine, pathology and laboratory medicine, pulmonary medicine, radiation oncology, reproductive medicine and infertility, rheumatology, surgical oncology, urology, urogynecology, and vascular surgery.
Western Pennsylvania Hospital houses the Western Pennsylvania Cancer Institute. The Western Pennsylvania Cancer Institute provides advanced diagnostic and treatment services for all types of cancer. These include: mesothelioma and lung cancer, esophageal cancer, breast cancer, gynecologic cancers, prostate cancer, and colorectal and blood-borne cancers, to name a few.
The Western Pennsylvania Cancer Institute has one of the largest bone marrow transplant programs in Pennsylvania , and it also features leading-edge radiation oncology services. In fact, it was the second cancer center in the world to offer Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy.
The Western Pennsylvania Cancer Institute participates in national research groups such as the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, the Cancer and Leukemia Group B, and the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group; this means that the Institute can offer patients access to the latest treatment protocols.
Western Pennsylvania Hospital is part of the Western Pennsylvania Allegheny Health System. Western Pennsylvania Cancer Institute’s Center for Lung and Thoracic Disease provides comprehensive and innovative clinical services for treating cancer using the multidisciplinary approach to lung cancer and thoracic disease treatment.
The multidisciplinary team includes thoracic surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, pulmonologists, and other medical specialists that provide customized treatment plans for each individual cancer patient. Western Pennsylvania Cancer Institute’s team of thoracic surgeons offers minimally invasive and video-assisted techniques that require smaller incisions, which means faster recovery times.