The Power of Progress

Celebrating 25 years of Cancer Research and Care

Twenty-five years ago, the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute was launched as a small entity to provide residents of western Pennsylvania with access to some of the best cancer care in the nation.

In recognition of the UPCI's 25 years of cancer research and service to the community, KDKA's Larry Richert and Sheila Hyland will host a half-hour special exploring UPCI and its partner in cancer care, UPMC Cancer Centers':

  • History
  • Accomplishments
  • Goals for the future

Watch the Program

Photo of Sy Holzer, Elsie Hillman and Drs. Marks and DavidsonThe program features UPCI and UPMC Cancer Centers leaders Drs. Nancy E. Davidson and Stanley Marks, UPCI Council Members Sy Holzer and Elsie Hillman, and numerous other physicians, researchers, staff, and patients.

Premiere Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m.


Prime-time rebroadcasts:

StationDay/DateTime
WPCW-TV12/28/118 am
KDKA-TV1/14/121 pm
KDKA-TV1/28/127 pm
WPCW-TV2/8/128 am
KDKA-TV2/18/127:30 pm
KDKA-TV3/3/127:30 pm

View clips from the program below.

Cancer survivor, Adam Frederick, discusses his journey with Ewing's sarcoma during his treatment at Hillman Cancer Center.

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Sheila Hyland discusses the availability of high-quality care provided by UPCI and UPMC Cancer Centers to surrounding communities and their locations.


Dr. Ellis recounts the structure of the UPMC Cancer Center's network of care. The clinical pathway process to optimize patient care, called Pathways, was developed to provide a uniform treatment plan for different types of cancer across the network.


Drs. Davidson and Chu discuss the growth of UPCI both geographically and in terms of more advanced oncology treatment.


UPMC Cancer Centers

Areas of Cancer Expertise

UPMC Cancer Centers treat a range of both common and rare cancers, including:

  • Brain and nervous system cancers
  • Lung and esophageal cancers
  • Breast cancer
  • Melanoma and skin cancer
  • Colorectal and GI Cancers
  • Ovarian and gynecologic cancers
  • Head and neck cancers
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Hematological malignancies
  • Prostate and urologic cancers
  • Liver cancer
  • Stem cell transplantation

Available Specialties:

  • Gynecologic oncology
  • Hematology
  • Medical oncology
  • Pathology
  • Radiation oncology
  • Radiology
  • Surgical oncology

Supportive Care Services

Beyond clinical care, UPMC Cancer Centers also offers a full range of supportive services to help patients better cope with a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Patients and their families have access to a wide array of educational, counseling, nutritional, and genetic resources, including:

  • Cancer risk assessment (LHAS Prevention and Early Detection Center)
  • Clinical trial screening and enrollment
  • Hospice / home care
  • Cancer LiveWell Survivorship Program
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Pastoral care
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Psychosocial counseling
  • Symptom / side effects management
  • Support groups

Learn more about programs and services at UPMC CancerCenter.

University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

Learn more about research and clinical trials at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.