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The Regional Cancer Center provides a comprehensive approach to the evaluation and treatment of patients with colorectal cancers. Collaboration between surgeons and oncologists helps to provide patients a multidisciplinary perspective on their diagnosis and treatment options.
Medical oncologists offer a full range of chemotherapy and biologic targeted therapies for all types and stages of GI cancer. Patients have access to the latest therapies and clinical trials. When appropriate, patients are placed on a clinical pathway, a disease-specific treatment strategy developed by UPMC Cancer Centers physicians, to ensure that all patients receive the same evidence-based care. Innovative and promising clinical trial options are pursued along with the best standard of care therapies.
Radiation oncologists at The Regional Cancer Center are experienced in the use of conventional radiotherapy, 3D radiotherapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT). The Trilogy radiation delivery system used at the Center is one of the most advanced available. The Regional Cancer Center also uses positron emission tomography (PET) along with computed tomography (CT) imaging technologies to optimizes the dose of radiation to the tumor while sparing healthy surrounding tissue from the effects of the radiation.
A Personalized Approach
A supportive care team comprised of a social worker, palliative care nurse, dietician, and financial counselor works with each patient and their family to guide them through their treatment experience.
Services Provided by UPMC Cancer Centers
The vast majority of cancer diagnostic and treatment modalities being offered today are available at The Regional Cancer Center. For the few types of treatments not provided, the physicians at RCC will coordinate a treatment plan with specialists at UPMC Cancer Centers, one of the top academic cancer programs in the country. Effective management of more unusual cancers and coordination of any subspecialty care that may need to be provided in Pittsburgh is enhanced by close working relationships between our organizations. Our shared goal is making these instances as seamless as possible for patients, while providing as much care as possible close to home. Talk with your doctor at RCC to understand if such services may have a role in your care plan.