Cancer Research at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

Hillman Cancer CenterUPMC CancerCenter, partner with University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), is committed to excellence in all aspects of cancer care.

At UPCI, cancer researchers work closely with clinicians to rapidly move the most promising research results from their labs into clinical trials, providing patients like you with early access to new and innovative treatments, both at Hillman Cancer Center and throughout our UPMC CancerCenter network.

Your physician may suggest a clinical trial as part of your plan of care when appropriate.

Learn more about cancer research at UPCI.

Clinical Trials — Finding Better Ways to Treat Cancer

Most advances in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer have occurred because of research studies called clinical trials.

Clinical trials that study the effect of cancer treatments, such as surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and biological therapy, have helped health care professionals find better ways to treat cancer.

Improved diagnostic tests and new treatments have led to fewer treatment-related side effects and, in some cases, improved outcomes for patients with some cancers.

Are Clinical Trials Right for You?

Cancer patients and people who are at high risk for developing cancer may be asked to participate in a clinical trial. Patients and their families should educate themselves on clinical trials in order to make an informed decision about participating.

Here is general information about clinical trials: