University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

About UPCI

Welcome from Edward Chu, MD
Interim Director, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

Edward Chu, MD UPCI and UPMC CancerCenter are internationally recognized for their leadership in the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. As the preeminent institution in western Pennsylvania for the delivery of cancer care, the conduct of basic and translational research, and the education of the next generation of cancer researchers and physicians, UPCI and UPMC CancerCenter is exceptionally well positioned to contribute to the global effort to reduce the burden of cancer.

UPMC CancerCenter integrated cancer care delivery network treats more than 74,000 patients each year for hematologic and oncologic disorders. A partner in cancer care with UPCI, western Pennsylvania’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, UPMC CancerCenter is quickly translating the latest research advances to clinical application for patients throughout the tristate region as well as those coming from other regions of the United States and beyond. UPCI is ranked 12th in NCI funding, including four competitive Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) grants focusing on head and neck, lung, skin cancers, and a fourth one in ovarian cancer, in collaboration with Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

UPCI and UPMC CancerCenter network represents more than 1,700 experts in surgical oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, otolaryngology, neuro-oncology, palliative care, behavioral medicine, and gynecologic oncology; scientists; administrative staff; and other health care professionals working together to reduce the burden of cancer. Through our hub-and-satellite network of more than 35 treatment centers in western Pennsylvania and Ohio, and a center in Ireland, Italy, and Singapore, cutting-edge treatments, sophisticated technologies, and as of July 2011, 336 clinical trials are available closer to home.

Hillman Cancer CenterHillman Cancer Center is the hub of the UPMC CancerCenter network. This five-story facility on the UPMC Shadyside campus serves as the primary location for all UPMC cancer-related services, housing the key components of a full-service cancer center, including treatment facilities, disease-specific Cancer Specialty Care Centers, an education center, and a center for the prevention and early detection of cancer. Hillman Cancer Center also accommodates a large portion of UPCI's laboratory research activities, allowing clinicians and scientists to work closely together to create the synergy that brings the best science from the lab to the patient.

The UPCI website, intended primarily for scientists and clinical investigators, contains information on our research and treatment progress, clinical trials, fellowship programs, funding opportunities, links to departmental newsletters, job postings, and bulletins about upcoming seminars and professional educational opportunities.

Patients and families can find extensive information about different cancers, and about our clinical programs, services, treatment locations and support services by visiting

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Edward Chu, MD
Interim Director, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute