Our Approach

Comprehensive cancer care combines the most innovative cancer therapies with compassionate, patient-centered care to treat every aspect of the disease.

Dr. Jerome Derdel reviews patient images on a computer screen.Cancer care involves prevention and education; accurate diagnosis and precision in treatment; emotional and spiritual support; and research and rehabilitation. The Cancer Program at Mount Nittany Medical Center orchestrates all phases of the process to make the experience more manageable for patients and their families.

We offer an incredible array of progressive cancer services and leading-edge technologies for diagnosis, treatment and therapy. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy are the foundation to good cancer care and are available here, but complete cancer care is so much more.

Compassionate Care

True patient care extends beyond purely medical issues. We recognize that cancer doesn't just affect patients physically, but also practically and emotionally.

As more people survive cancer, life after treatment has become an increasingly important aspect of care. That's why our patients have access to the therapists, nutritionists, rehabilitation specialists, social workers, pastoral care providers and counselors, and survivor support groups patients need to continue along the path to better health.

We work with—and for—each patient to provide comprehensive, personalized cancer treatment and care designed to fight cancer on many fronts. In short, our patients experience the best in the practice of oncology medicine and holistic treatment.

The Cancer Institute

Most cancer centers are located in densely populated areas, leaving rural areas vastly underserved by the latest technologies and clinical research trials. Unique to Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute (PSHCI) is its network of medical institutions that serve rural areas in Central Pennsylvania, a region that encompasses 27 counties.

The Institute was established in 2000 by founding members: Mount Nittany Medical Center, Lehigh Valley Hospital, the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Together, more than 5,800 new cancer patients yearly are treated through the Institute's facilities—more than any other cancer center in Pennsylvania.

Our progressive Cancer Program, innovative treatment therapies and advanced technologies have also made Mount Nittany Medical Center a regional leader in excellent, patient-focused care.

Since 1989, Mount Nittany Medical Center's comprehensive Cancer Program has attained the highest recognition possible —designation as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program of the American College of Surgeons.

The Institute also brings the benefits of nationally recognized cancer-related research and education to our community. And, by combining leading research and clinical care throughout the region, the entire community makes a substantial contribution to the advancement of cancer care while benefiting directly from the development of innovative cancer management.

The Foundation’s 21st Annual Golf Tournament raised $150,000 for the new Cancer Center.

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