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Clinical Trials & Research

Clinical Trials & Research

Investigating What Works To Enhance Your Care

Understanding how to detect and treat cancer is the best way to eliminating cancer for good. That’s why Allegheny Health Network invests its resources into finding new ways to treat a common adversary.

With more than 200 active clinical trials, including drug and medical device trials, we’ve already pioneered approaches to treatment that have set new standards for high quality cancer care. 

Through our collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, one of the country’s most respected cancer care centers designated by the National Cancer Institute, our doctors can directly share their most up to date research findings, and in turn provide patients with the most effective treatments.

Creating Breakthroughs in Cancer Treatment and Care

Allegheny Health Network has been on the leading edge of many advances in cancer care. Chief among these discoveries and contributions include:

  • A pioneering study that ultimately recommended lumpectomy and radiation over more radical mastectomy as the new standard for breast cancer surgical treatment
  • A study demonstrating the preventive effects of the drug Tamoxifen in treating breast cancer.
  • Pioneering lung cancer surgery and radiation therapy technique to spare healthy lung issue while maintaining proper lung function.
  • Pioneered preoperative chemoradiation and surgical techniques for rectal cancer patients.
  • Creation of a clinical trial that established new national standards for breast radiation therapy in collaboration with NCI, NSABP, and RTOG.
  • In collaboration with Siemens, one of the first five sites worldwide to test and implement advanced MVCBCT IGRT Radiotherapy technology.
  • First site in the region to implement TomoTherapy for effective treatment of Prostate Cancer.

 

Several of the Cancer Institute’s physicians assume a leadership role in these organizations:

 

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