UPMC/St. Clair Hospital Cancer Center
The recently expanded UPMC/St. Clair Hospital Cancer Center is a joint venture between UPMC CancerCenters, a partner with University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, and St. Clair Hospital.
Located at St. Clair's Mt. Lebanon campus, the center provides a full spectrum of radiation treatment services, which are designed to help treat cancerous tumors while preserving healthy surrounding tissue. This partnership offers area residents access to convenient, advanced, comprehensive, and high-quality care close to home.
Intensity-Modulated Madiation Therapy (IMRT)
IMRT gives radiation oncologists the ability to more precisely “custom sculpt” the shape of a tumor, delivering the right amount of radiation with more accuracy and helping to preserve healthy tissue around the tumor.
Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
IGRT uses two- and three-dimensional imaging during the course of radiation treatment to direct radiation therapy to the coordinates of the radiation treatment plan. Like IMRT, IGRT is designed to deliver radiation with precision and protect healthy surrounding tissue.
On-Board Imager® (OBI)
This is an imaging technology used in conjunction with radiation delivery systems prior to treatment to ensure that a patient and the tumor are in the same place as originally planned.
During a radiation treatment, a patient’s tumor may change position due to the patient’s breathing cycle or other involuntary movements. In a respiratory gating treatment, a tracking device “watches” the tumor’s position and briefly shuts off the radiation treatment device when the tumor moves beyond a certain point.
This advanced equipment rotates 360 degrees around a patient’s body, providing radiation precisely sculpted to the tumor. RapidArc delivers treatment in two to three minutes, compared to other conventional treatments, which may take up to 30 minutes.
Brachytherapy is the general name for a type of radiation treatment in which radioactive seeds, smaller than a grain of rice, are implanted inside or near the area requiring treatment. Radiation oncologists at the center use prostate seed implants – a low-dose rate brachytherapy – to shrink a tumor.
The center also offers the latest diagnostic services to improve tumor detection and localization, patient management, therapy planning and assessment of response to therapy. Services include onsite PET/CT (positron emission tomography/computed tomography) imaging services to assist radiologists in determining any abnormal cell activity and in pinpointing the location of cancerous tissue, so a biopsy can be performed.
In addition to the radiation therapy services at UPMC/St. Clair Hospital Cancer Center, St. Clair Hospital provides a comprehensive field of inpatient oncology services.
UPMC/St. Clair Hospital Cancer Center Additional Services
- Clinical trial screening and enrollment
- Nutrition counseling
- Symptom / side effects management
- Education resources
- Support groups
1020 Bower Hill Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15243
The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Appointments can be made by calling 412.502.3920 and can be coordinated through a family physician or PCP, or through another specialist. This enables the Cancer Center to obtain records needed to make a patient's appointment and to have treatment options available at the time of the visit.
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