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Dwight Heron, M.D.

Dwight Heron, M.D.

New Radiation Oncology Center Opens At Jefferson Regional Medical Center, A Program Of Jefferson Regional Medical Center And UPMC Cancer Centers

New center to bring state-of-the-art cancer care and added expertise to the region

PITTSBURGH, December 1, 2005 — Leaders from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Jefferson Regional Medical Center today announced the opening of the Radiation Oncology Center at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, a program of Jefferson Regional Medical Center and UPMC Cancer Centers. Working in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), the region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, the new facility will offer cancer patients exceptional care and state-of-the-art treatments close to home.

One of 43 UPMC Cancer Centers being established throughout the tri-state region, the Radiation Oncology Center at Jefferson Regional Medical Center serves as a model for community-based delivery of cancer services. Radiation oncologists at the center will work in tandem with more than 2,000 physicians, scientists, administrative staff and other health care professionals dedicated to advancing cancer research at UPCI and patient care at UPMC Cancer Centers.

The new facility, located on the main campus of Jefferson Regional Medical Center, 565 Coal Valley Road, Jefferson Hills, is part of a comprehensive cancer program that includes medical oncology, state-of-the-art radiation therapy and support services to help patients overcome cancer.

“Today’s dedication of the Radiation Oncology Center at Jefferson Regional Medical Center guarantees that patients in this region will receive the most effective, technologically advanced radiation care available anywhere,” said Dwight Heron, M.D., director of radiation oncology, UPMC Cancer Centers. “We are honored to work with area physicians in their mission to serve the people of this community by providing patients and their families with the support and care they need to overcome cancer.”

Thomas Timcho, president and CEO of Jefferson Regional Medical Center, commented that the new facility builds on Jefferson Regional’s long tradition of excellence in patient care. “Providing the highest standard of care to patients treated at Jefferson Regional remains our mission, and this collaboration with UPMC builds on that foundation. The Radiation Oncology Center at Jefferson Regional Medical Center will result in greater convenience for our patients and bring cutting edge cancer care to the South Hills of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County,” said Timcho.

An advanced form of radiation therapy called intensity modulated radiation therapy, or IMRT, is one type of treatment that will now be provided at the Radiation Oncology Center at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. IMRT precisely targets radiation to the shape and thickness of a tumor to treat cancer cells while minimizing the dose of radiation received by healthy tissues that surround the tumor. This results in fewer adverse side effects for patients undergoing treatment and can significantly improve quality of life for patients receiving IMRT compared to those receiving standard radiation therapy.

In addition to IMRT, the Radiation Oncology Center also will offer patients access to innovative clinical trials in cancer prevention and treatment available only at UPMC Cancer Centers. “By collaborating with Jefferson Regional Medical Center, cancer patients in this community will have improved access to therapeutic agents that target cancer and promising new treatment options,” said Ronald B. Herberman, M.D., director of UPMC Cancer Centers and UPCI.

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