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Cancer Services at UPMC Hamot

As part of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center network — western Pennsylvania's only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center — UPMC Hamot provides local access to the latest clinical trials and research, which means our patients do not have to leave Erie to find comprehensive cancer care.

Learn more about medical oncology services at UPMC Hamot.

Multidisciplinary Approach

A dynamic team of professionals work together to ensure that a multidisciplinary approach to cancer diagnosis and treatment is provided to you. That team includes physicians who are board-certified in:

Radiologists and pathologists are regularly involved in diagnosis and treatment planning for cancer patients.

Our Staff

The staff at UPMC Hamot who care for cancer patients include:

  • Nurses certified to give chemotherapy based on the standards of the Oncology Nursing Society and oncology nurses certified by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation
  • Breast Health Navigators to help patients with breast cancer move easily and quickly across the continuum of care by facilitating referrals, tests, and treatments
  • Psychologists and counselors available to meet patient, family, and caregiver psychosocial needs

Comprehensive Care

UPMC Hamot is certified as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (CoC), a certification the hospital has maintained since 1977.

Receiving care at a CoC-approved cancer program ensures that you will receive:

  • Comprehensive, multispecialty care
  • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
  • Lifelong patient follow-up
  • Quality care close to home
  • Access to:
    • Cancer-related prevention and early detection programs
    • Cancer education
    • Support services

UPMC Hamot’s breast health program is fully accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers through the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to centers that voluntarily commit to provide the highest level of quality breast care and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. NAPBC accreditation provides value across all domains of care, including access to care and service, patient satisfaction and well-being, and quality of cancer care.


UPMC Hamot partners with select other medical institutions on cancer care, including:

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