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A cancer diagnosis demands a thorough, coordinated response and expert care. UPMC leads the latest advances in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment. More than 2,300 physicians, scientists, and other health care professionals at UPMC work every day to increase survival rates and reduce the burdens created by cancer on patients and their families. Among UPMC’s world-renowned staff members are the 180 top oncologists affiliated with UPMC CancerCenter, all of whom are dedicated to overcoming even the most difficult cancers.

World Leaders in Cancer Care and Treatment

Both in the United States and in locations all over the world, UPMC’s experts are consulted and sought after for their knowledge and expertise in improving the outcomes of cancer patients. UPMC doctors and research physicians represent a variety of specialties, including:

  • Medical oncology
  • Radiation oncology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Neurosurgical oncology
  • Gynecologic oncology
  • Surgical oncology


While the cancer specialists at UPMC encompass many areas of expertise, each focuses on a specific type of cancer or cancer treatment technique. Areas of specialization include:

  • Melanoma and skin cancers
  • Brain cancers and nervous system cancers
  • Women’s cancers, including gynecologic and breast cancers
  • Colon and gastrointestinal cancers
  • Head and neck cancers
  • Liver cancer
  • Lung and esophageal cancer
  • Prostate and urologic cancers

UPMC CancerCenter maintains one of the largest delivery networks for cancer care in the United States as well as in several international locations, including Ireland and Italy. Our organization treats more than 36,000 patients annually for oncologic and hematologic diseases, and is tightly integrated with the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center that pursues academic and research activities.

Built on Successful Treatment Models

UPMC CancerCenter’s international operations, modeled on the highly successful western Pennsylvania cancer care network, employ the unique connective oncology model to connect physicians located in UPMC's international locations — such as Waterford, Ireland, and the Radiosurgery Center of Excellence at San Pietro Hospital in Rome, Italy — to each other, and to UPMC's internationally renowned academic specialists based in Pittsburgh. Such life-saving collaborations allow UPMC to provide patients with the most up-to-date care, improved outcomes, and efficiencies in cancer treatment.

Treating Patients Well into the Future

Our cancer specialists are recognized for developing novel therapeutics for successful and comprehensive cancer treatment. Our success in treating even stubborn cancers and malignant tumors allows UPMC patients and their families to return to health and everyday activities, often sooner than they had hoped. Advanced technologies such as Radiation therapy, including radiosurgery, perfusion therapy, and minimally invasive esophagectomy are improving patients’ quality of life and even extending their lives.

Nearly 8,000 patients have benefited from clinical trials at UPMC, driving us to help new patients through promising clinical trials being conducted within the network. Our world-renowned cancer experts are committed to expanding the availability of those treatments to patients who need them, wherever they need them.

Patients receiving care through the UPMC CancerCenter and its unique collaborations realize our experts understand not only how cancer affects the body, but also how it affects the spirit, a patient’s family, and every aspect of life. International patients benefit from UPMC’s insistence that the best treatments in the world should be available all over the world. Please contact UPMC Global Care to learn more.