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Triangle Radiation Oncology Joins UPMC Cancer Centers

PITTSBURGH, September 3, 2002 — Triangle Radiation Oncology, a group of five office-based oncology clinics in western Pennsylvania, announced it has joined UPMC Cancer Centers - a clinical network that employs over 185 physicians across the tri-state region.

Through its partnership with University of Pittsburgh Medical Center , Triangle Radiation Oncology adds eight radiation oncologists to the UPMC Cancer Centers' medical staff.

"We have been collaborating with physicians at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for the past 20 years, so it's a logical move for us to officially join the group, especially as the network is expanding and improving access to care across the region," said James Hughes, M.D., medical director of Triangle Radiation Oncology.

"Joining the UPMC Cancer Centers will link our patients to the world-class cancer research being conducted at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and offer our patients access to the latest cancer treatments and clinical trials available."

According to Dr. Hughes, Triangle Radiation Oncology treats approximately 3,000 patients annually in locations throughout western Pennsylvania including Washington Hospital in Washington, Thorn Run Regional Cancer Center in Coraopolis, Mercy Cancer Center in Pittsburgh, Beaver Medical Cancer Center in Beaver and Jameson Hospital in New Castle.

"We are pleased that Triangle Radiation Oncology has joined UPMC Cancer Centers," said Ronald Herberman, M.D., director of the UPMC Cancer Centers and University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. "Dr. Hughes and his colleagues are well-regarded for their expertise in radiation oncology and they share our mission to serve the many needs of cancer patients across the region by providing the most comprehensive care available."

"The new partnership also creates more opportunities for collaboration among radiation oncologists based in Pittsburgh and those practicing in areas surrounding the city," added Shalom Kalnicki, M.D., vice chairman of clinical affairs, UPMC Cancer Centers. "By sharing our expertise, we are able to reach more patients with the latest and most effective radiation therapies."

Triangle Radiation Oncology was formed in 1983 and is the largest private practice radiation oncology group in western Pennsylvania. In addition to Dr. Hughes, Triangle Radiation Oncology includes Michael Dougherty, M.D., Tarit Dutta, M.D., John Hyland, M.D., Gerald Medwick, D.O., Julian Proctor, M.D., and Carol Scicutella, D.O.

UPMC Cancer Centers include more than 30 office-based medical oncology practices and regional cancer centers that provide the highest standard of care for cancer patients throughout the tri-state area. UPMC Cancer Centers work in tandem with the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute to carry out its mission as a premier National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center dedicated to conducting ground-breaking research in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment.

For more information about the UPMC Cancer Centers, call the Cancer Information and Referral Service at 1-800-237-4724 or visit the website at http://www.upmccancercenters.com/.

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