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Cancer care is complicated, but it can be simpler when doctors work together. That’s why the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Cancer Institute and the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center got together — so doctors can align on best practices, share the latest technological breakthroughs, and consult with other experts who conduct research. We provide advanced care for all patients with cancer, including rare and complex cancers.

A meeting of the brightest minds in cancer

With AHN, you already get a world-class cancer program with leading expertise, care, and outcomes. Our regional community network integrates academic specialty cancer care at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) and West Penn Hospital (WPH). Our collaborative processes also extend to our colleagues at Johns Hopkins Medicine, a world-wide leader in cancer research. This brings an added layer of expertise and reassurance to your treatment.

Through the AHN Cancer Institute, you benefit from personalized treatment in your community, close to home, from your dedicated care team. And we connect your care with cancer specialists at AGH, WPH, and Johns Hopkins Medicine. This ensures patients have local access to the most comprehensive and innovative treatments and research available.

Customized treatments tailored to your DNA

AHN Cancer Institute and Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center specialists work together to develop customized treatment plans according to your personal genetics. We do this by performing molecular tests on tumors to screen for 400–600 genetic mutations, and then determine your care plan based on the results.

We’re also working to better identify biomarkers in cancer patients to help determine the best method of treatment for each individual.

Streamlined and guided access to hundreds more clinical trials

Patients have guided and streamlined access to over 500 new and active clinical trials at the AHN Cancer Institute and Johns Hopkins Medicine, most of which will be conducted at AHN.

For example, in patients with esophageal cancer, we are working together to test the safety and effectiveness of adding immunotherapy to the standard treatments of chemotherapy and radiation.

As participants in the most clinical trials in the region, we’re on the cutting-edge of medicine. And patients have more opportunities to access a full range of treatment options.

Remote second opinions without having to go far

In almost all cases, you and your doctor are able to consult with specialists at AGH, WPH, and Johns Hopkins Medicine remotely, without having to leave western Pennsylvania.

AHN Cancer Institute and Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center experts engage in peer-to-peer consultations to determine the most effective treatment plans for their patients. They combine their knowledge to discuss leading-edge treatment options, including:

  • Diagnosis confirmation/second opinions
  • Genomic testing
  • Pathology review (examination of tissue under a microscope)
  • Radiology review (examination of medical imaging)
  • Precision medicine tailored to patients’ individual needs

The latest technological innovations

Through AHN Cancer Institute and Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center collaboration, you’ll also have access to unique and advanced treatment options. At AHN, our state-of-the art technology includes:

  • GammaPod radiation to eliminate breast tumors
  • Gamma Knife therapy to treat brain tumors and other neurologic conditions
  • Immunotherapy
  • MRI linear accelerator capabilities for treating tumors with radiation without harming surrounding tissue

With Johns Hopkins Medicine, we are working to develop their proton therapy center in Washington, DC. This will enable patients with pediatric cancers, brain tumors, and other rare cancers to benefit from this sophisticated technology not currently available in Pittsburgh.

A meeting of the brightest minds in cancer means AHN Cancer Institute patients gain the benefits of collaborative expertise and innovation in customized treatment plans that drive positive outcomes and enhanced quality of life.