After we confirm a diagnosis, we work quickly. You typically meet with your team within three days of diagnosis to discuss your diagnosis and treatment options.
The AHN Cancer Institute is renowned for sophisticated, rapid treatment of blood cancers. We pioneered the area’s exclusive stem cell transplant program, and we use the latest techniques and technology to provide a comprehensive treatment plan. At our center, you will find:
Often, we can treat cancer using targeted therapy or chemotherapy. Sometimes, a stem cell transplant is necessary to completely remove the cancer. We work collaboratively to find the best treatment plan for you.
Treatment options for these types of cancer include:
Those cells are then sent to a lab where they are genetically re-engineered to produce chimeric antigen receptor (CARs) on their surface. CARs are proteins that allow T cells to recognize and kill cancer cells. They also may remain in the body long after the infusion has been completed and guard against cancer’s recurrence. These new “fighter” cells are frozen, returned to the hospital, and infused back into the patient to begin attacking the cancer.
We may recommend a stem cell transplant if your marrow doesn’t produce enough healthy cells. We might use cells from your own body or from a donor. During a stem cell transplant, we infuse healthy blood cells into your body to replace damaged bone marrow.
This procedure often leads to a cure. And at the Cancer Institute, you are in expert hands: The Allegheny Health Network Cell Transplantation Program is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT), which means we exceed standards of excellence. We have also earned the highest level of certification, Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI), for clinical quality and commitment to improvements.
You’re receiving treatment from highly specialized, trained hematologists with deep expertise in leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma disorders. You can expect a procedure that is: