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UPMC Hillman Cancer Center In The News

Below are recent stories in the news about UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. The links listed will take you to the original media articles. If you are unable to access an article, please email Wendy Zellner at for a copy of the story.


Crispr Gene Editing Could One Day Cut Away Human Pain
Wired (3/29/2019)

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center earns Outstanding Achievement Award
The Express (3/22/2019)

New Hope for Fertility of Young Cancer Patients Using Frozen Testicular Tissue
The Wall Street Journal (3/21/2019)

Global study of pancreatic cancer offers possible insights into treatment and early detection
The Conversation (3/18/2019)

FDA Approves First Immunotherapy Drug for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
Headline (3/15/2019)

Mesothelioma Survival Factors Revealed by New Study
Surviving Mesothelioma (3/14/2019)

Disparities by ZIP Code; Most Favor E-Cig Control; Undiagnosed Cancer in Kids
MedPage Today (3/14/2019)

Genomics Could Improve Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer
HealthDay (3/14/2019)

Breast Cancer Treatment Is Becoming More Personalized
Oncology Nursing News (3/14/2019)

Lung Cancer: AI Can Reduce False Positives on Low-Dose CT Screening
Medical Research (3/14/2019)

Ovarian cancer: New drug may prevent recurrence
Medical News Today (3/14/2019)

UPMC Uses Machine Learning to Cut Lung Cancer False Positives
Health IT Analytics (3/14/2019)

Study finds AI could reduce false positives in lung cancer screening
Verdict Medical Devices (3/14/2019)

Can Breast Cancer Be Treated Without Surgery?
The Wall Street Journal (3/11/2019)

Drug you probably already have could help cancer patients live longer
WPXI-TV (3/10/2019)

Study Examines Safety of Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapy in Patients With HIV
Modern Medicine Network (3/8/2019)

Gene mutations may match patients to pancreatic cancer treatments
Healio (3/7/2019)

Despite Challenging Statistics, ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Alex Trebek Vows To Fight Pancreatic Cancer
KDKA-TV (3/7/2019)

NewsMaker - Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. David Seastone
Your Erie (3/6/2019)

The Importance of Vaccinating Your Children
KDKA Radio (3/6/2019)

Genomics Could Better Match Treatments to Pancreatic Cancer Patients
Research & Development (3/5/2019)

Genomics could guide treatment for pancreatic cancer patients
News Medical (3/5/2019) 

This Is Why Pancreatic Cancer Is So Hard to Treat
Reader's Digest (March 2019)


UPMC to advise cancer center in China
Pittsburgh Business Times (6/27/2018)

New genome sequencing center aims to speed up lifesaving treatments
WPXI (6/26/2018)

Pitt, UPMC open large-scale genome-sequencing center
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (6/26/2018)

Cancer experts say country needs to ramp up HPV vaccine rates
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (6/26/2018)

UPMC, Pitt open new high-tech genome center
Pittsburgh Business Times (6/26/2018)

Letter to the editor | Walk of Hope making a huge difference
The Tribune-Democrat (6/26/2018)

UPMC Hamot Equipment Can Spot Lung Cancer Early
The Post-Journal (6/26/2018)

Pittsburgh let the dogs out
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (6/22/2018)

UPMC Hamot Unveils Unique Technology That Detects Lung Cancer Earlier
Erie News Now (6/18/2018)

UPMC Hamot first hospital in country to use robotic tech for early detection of lung cancer
Your Erie (6/18/2018)

Music therapy program at hospital raises morale for patients and staff
ABC News (6/13/2018)

A cancer success story: Immunotherapy’s promise is boosted by UPMC
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (6/12/2018)

Morgante, Gren Shoot 13-Under In Final Round To Win Tourney By One
The Post-Journal (6/10/2018)

Fantastic Finish
The Post-Journal (6/10/2018)

Local doctor part of groundbreaking study on breast cancer treatment
WPXI (6/6/2018)

What Surveillance Testing Should Be Done After Melanoma Diagnosis?
Medical Research (6/5/2018)

Many women with early breast cancer may not need chemo, study finds
NBC News (6/2/2018)

Nivolumab Plus Cetuximab and Radiotherapy May Be a Safe Treatment Option in Head and Neck Cancer
Cancer Therapy Advisor (6/2/2018)

Kilkenny man oversees purchase of Whitfield Clinic in Waterford
Kilkenny People (6/1/2018)

Bold research raises excitement for UPMC Immune Transplant and Therapy Center
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (2/27/2018)

Texas Woman Warns Others After Loud MRI Permanently Damages Her Ears: 'I Live a Life of Misery'
People (2/26/2018)

Accurate telomere length test influences treatment decisions for certain diseases
Science Daily (2/26/2018)

Bon Secours Hospital to provide radiation treatment
Irish Examiner (2/23/2018)

Novel Approach to Cancer Immunotherapy Shows Promise
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (2/23/2018)

UPMC Hamot, Community Leaders Focus on the Future
Erie News Now (2/22/2018)

UPMC, Highmark split fast approaching
Your Erie (2/22/2018)

UPMC Susquehanna Cancer Center Welcomes New Oncologist
North Central PA (2/20/2018)

Innovation, cont.: The new UPMC/Pitt research center is a big step
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (2/16/2018) 

UPMC to build invest $200M in immunology center in Pittsburgh (Video)
Pittsburgh Business Times (2/13/2018)

UPMC, Pitt announce new $200 million facility in Bloomfield
WTAE (2/13/2018)

Pitt, UPMC Teaming Up For New Immune Transplant & Therapy Center
CBS Pittsburgh (2/13/2018)

UPMC, Pitt announce new Immune Transplant and Therapy Center in Bloomfield
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (2/13/2018)

Pittsburgh research giants unveil landmark $200M immunotherapy center to combat cancer and aging
GeekWire (2/13/2018)

Futuristic immunotherapy treatments are already in use
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (2/13/2018)

UPMC's 3 new hospitals to have 'massive infusion of science and technology and innovation' (Video)
Pittsburgh Business Times (2/13/2018)

A possible way to protect intestinal walls from damage due to chemotherapy
Medical Xpress (2/8/2018)

This Molecule Could Prevent Cancer Patients From Losing Their Lunch
Gizmodo (2/7/2018)

Mutations common in pancreatic CA, history of other cancers
Medical Xpress (2/7/2018)

A 3-D approach to stop cancer in its tracks (2/4/2018)

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center uses analytics to improve care quality with CMS Oncology Care Model
Healthcare IT News (2/2/2018)

Study uncovers potential targets for treatment of aggressive triple-negative breast cancers
News Medical (2/2/2018)

Breast cancer treatments can raise heart risks, doctors warn
CNN (2/1/2018)


Symptom Tracking Via Smartphones And Fitbits May Improve Cancer Care
CURE (12/29/2017)

States that adopted expanded Medicaid had increased early cancer diagnoses among patients, study finds
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (12/21/2017)

Smartphone app can monitor cancer patients recovery
DOTmed (12/21/2017)

Walking after cancer surgery can reduce hospital readmission rates, Pitt-based study shows
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (12/19/2017)

New Uniontown cancer treatment center gives patients hope, more space
Herald-Standard (12/18/2017)

The Infection Connection
CURE (12/16/2017)

Mechanism identified of impaired dendritic cell function that weakens response to cancer
Drug Target Review (12/15/2017)

LifeX seeks to conquer cancer, Alzheimer’s and more, right here in Pittsburgh
NEXT Pittsburgh (12/13/2017)

Why exercising on polluted city streets does more harm than good
The Guardian (12/8/2017)

What you should know about birth control and breast cancer
Popular Science (12/8/2017)

Dr. Brufsky on Implementing Pertuzumab in HER2+ Breast Cancer
OncLive (12/7/2017)

Breast cancer symptoms to look out for
Fox News (12/7/2017)

Study reveals genetic differences in recurrent vs. primary tumors
Healio (12/6/2017)

A Fitbit could save your life: Every 100 additional steps a cancer patient takes after surgery reduces their risk of hospital readmission by nearly 20%, study reveals
Daily Mail (12/6/2017)

New Immunotherapy for Deadly Childhood Brain Cancer Targets Novel “Neoantigen”
University of California San Francisco (12/4/2017)

Will Foundation’s FDA, CMS Nod Help Cancer DNA Tests Break Through?
Xconomy (12/1/2017)

Never Too Young: Two Local Women Share Why You Are Never Too Young for Breast Cancer
Erie News Now (10/31/2017)

Depression, fatigue tied to more hospital stays for terminal cancer
Reuters (10/25/2017) 

Steelers are cooking up something special
Pittsburgh Steelers (10/24/2017)

New Treatment For Blood Cancer ‘A Breakthrough,’ According To Researchers
90.5 WESA (10/24/2017)

Experimental Treatment Could Ensure Future Fertility For Prepubescent Cancer Patients
90.5 WESA (10/23/2017)

Number of newly diagnosed cancer patients without insurance drops in first year of ACA
Medical Xpress (10/19/2017)

UPMC test detects dangerous pancreatic cysts without surgery
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (10/17/2017)

The Case for Eliminating the Neutropenic Diet
Managed Markets Network Journals (10/16/2017)

Genetic test shows promise for identifying pancreatic cysts at high risk for cancer
Healio (10/13/2017)

A New Hope for Male Fertility After Cancer Treatment
The Atlantic (10/13/2017)

Conner honored for his courage
Pittsburgh Steelers (10/12/2017)

Pancreatic Cancer Sequencing Test From University of Pittsburgh Team Helps Identify Cancerous Cysts
GenomeWeb (10/12/2017)

'It was amazing!' Cancer patient's girlfriend skips freshman homecoming, brings the dance to him in hospital
WTAE (10/10/2017)

Doctors optimistic about future breast cancer treatment
Daily Item (10/10/2017)

Diagnosing Bladder Cancer Made Inexpensive, Sensitive and Non-invasive
Advanced Science News (10/10/2017)

Regardless of genes, early detection the most important tool for beating breast cancer
The Express (10/6/2017)

Breast cancer ‘not a death sentence’
Sun-Gazette (10/3/2017)

Genetic test successfully detects some asymptomatic pancreatic cancers
Medical Xpress (10/2/2017)

UPMC pancreatic cancer test
We Are Central PA (10/2/2017)

'Gold standard' – Regular screening still key for early detection of breast cancer
The Tribune-Gazette (10/2/2017)

4 survivors share personal stories
Sun-Gazette (10/2/2017)

Americans win Nobel medicine prize for work on circadian rhythm
Chicago Tribune (10/2/2017)

Local cancer services director: Increased diagnoses means screenings are working
Sun-Gazette (10/2/2017)

Advances in treatment have cancer doctors optimistic about present, future
The Tribune-Democrat (10/2/2017)

Radiation therapy is ‘constantly updated,’ allowing docs to target tumors with greater precision
The Tribune-Democrat (10/1/2017)

Genes that don’t fit: Family history can play a role in breast cancer
The Tribune-Democrat (10/1/2017)

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Key terms you should know
Fox News (10/1/2017)

3-D mammography called ‘a great advance’
The Tribune-Democrat (10/1/2017)

Cancer advances come in small steps, deep breaths
The Tribune-Democrat (10/1/2017)

KDKA Radio’s Mike Pintek Announces He Has Cancer
CBS Local (6/29/2017)

KDKA's Mike Pintek announces he has pancreatic cancer
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (6/29/2017) 

Here’s What Happens To Breast Cancer Diagnoses When Medicaid Is Rolled Back
Huffington Post (6/26/2017)

The Motivating Power of Cancer
WebMD (6/26/2017)

Medicaid rollback could increase late-stage breast cancer diagnoses
Healio (6/26/2017)

Medicaid Restrictions Negatively Impact Poor Breast Cancer Patients
CancerNetwork (6/26/2017)

More Breast Cancers Diagnosed at Late Stage With Medicaid Cuts
DoctorsLounge (6/26/2017)

Treatment, not screening, credited with latest breast cancer advances
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (6/20/2017)

New UPMC Hillman Cancer Center leader named
Pittsburgh Business Times (6/16/2017)

Immunology expert Robert Ferris named director of UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
The Cancer Letter (6/16/2017) 

Students donate Harnessing Hope bags to UPMC Susquehanna
The Express (6/9/2017)

U.S. Probe Sheds Light on Charities’ Role in Boosting Drug Sales
The Wall Street Journal (6/9/2017)

Cancer drug prices are so high that doctors will test cutting doses
The Washington Post (6/8/2017)

Single Gene Mutation Reduces Aggressiveness of Deadly Brain Cancer
Technology Network (6/2/2017)

Business briefs: H&M to close SouthSide Works location
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (6/2/2017)

Effective prostate cancer screening must begin with a conversation
The Express (6/2/2017)

Single Gene Mutation Reduces Aggressiveness of Deadly Brain Cancer
Technology Networks (6/2/2017)

Hillman Foundations plan to use founder’s $800 million gift locally
Next Pittsburgh (6/1/2017)

UPMC CancerCenter to honor Hillmans with name change
WTAE (5/31/2017)

Three Mile Island nuke accident linked to thyroid cancer
USA Today (5/31/2017)

Sephora introduces 'brave beauty' program for women with cancer
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (5/30/2017)

Genome-Informed Treatment Improves Survival in Pancreatic Cancer
Oncology Nurse Advisor (5/29/2017)

Cancer cures of the future
New York Post (5/29/2017)

Wise Buy? Proton Beam Therapy
MedPage Today (5/19/2017)

First robotic surgery for throat cancer patient at Kidwai hospital
The Times of India (5/16/2017)

E-cigarettes may increase bladder cancer risk
Healio (5/15/2017)

At Komen race, a chance for mothers, daughters to heal together
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (5/14/2017)

CRISPR kills HIV and eats Zika 'like Pac-man'. Its next target? Cancer
Wired (5/14/2017)

Pirates pitcher Taillon has suspected testicular cancer
Normangee Star (5/13/2017)

Health System Eliminates Neutropenic Diet in Patients With Cancer With No Rise in Infections
Cure (5/11/2017)

OncoBreak: 'Bad at Death'; Environment and Ca; Dr. vs Dad
MedPage Today (5/11/2017)

Assistant director of nursing leads others to health and wellness
The Luminary (5/10/2017)

Aggressive skin cancer can be triggered by this virus
Express (5/9/2017)

Rapid + TCT conference showcases Pittsburgh as 3D printing leader
What's Next for Pittsburgh? (5/8/2017)

Researchers discover how cancer-causing virus could stay silently hidden in your body (5/4/2017)

New Gene Therapy Shrinks Aggressive Tumors in Mice
The Scientist (5/2/2017)

Revolutionary cut and paste gene-editing tool sets its sights on cancer's 'command centre'
Daily Mail (5/2/2017)

Novel gene editing approach to cancer treatment shows promise in mice
Medical Xpress (5/1/2017)

CRISPR gene-editing tool targets cancer's "command center"
New Atlas (5/1/2017)

Pitt Study Finds Potential Marker of Drug Response in Many Cancer Types
The Cancer Letter (2/28/2017) 

Large-scale skin cancer screening initiative feasible
Medical Xpress (2/25/2017)

Breast Cancer: Genomic Testing for Adjuvant Therapy
Onc Live (2/22/2017)

Phone Triage Success Is Built With Patience
Onc Live (2/22/2017)

Pitt researchers uncover genetic marker that may predict drug response in many cancer types
News Medical Life Sciences (2/21/2017)

Look Good Feel Better program for women facing cancer Feb. 27
The Observer (2/15/2017)

Keisel Shaves Beard To Raise Money For Children's Hospital
CBS Local (2/14/2017)

Cancer caregiver receives National American Cancer Society Award
The Express (2/13/2017)

Genetic Cancer Risk Assessment Gives People Control Over Future
CBS Local (2/13/2017)

'Stringent' Lung Ca Screening Criteria Could Save Money
Medpage Today (2/9/2017)

Cancer patients being recruited for drug study
We Are Central PA (2/9/2017)

UPMC, Pitt partnering for thyroid cancer research
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (2/9/2017)

Clinical trial for genetic cancer test to offer safe thyroid-preserving surgery
Medical Xpress (2/8/2017)

Five things to know today, and Pens running second to Sabres in the ratings
Pittsburgh Business Times (2/8/2017)

Less inclusive criteria for lung cancer screening would be cost-effective
Medical Xpress (2/7/2017)

6-year-old boy celebrates end of chemo treatments with adorable dance
CBS News (2/6/2017)

Are you carrying your cellphone too close to your body?
Standard-Times (2/3/2017)

Dr. Brufsky on the COLET Trial for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
Onc Live (2/1/2017)