Treatments & Techniques

Specialized Medicine and Research Yield Exemplary Outcomes at Penn State Children’s Hospital

From advanced pediatric medical and surgical care to in-house research and collaborative clinical investigation with national pediatric leaders, the scientists, providers and care teams at Penn State Children’s Hospital continue to break down barriers to inform treatment and foster excellent outcomes for children and families throughout Pennsylvania and the surrounding region.


PinnacleHealth Harnesses Innovation to Ensure Advanced Care

As a healthcare administrator for more than 30 years, I have seen dramatic transformations in health care, but the greatest change has been in cardiovascular surgery. Thirty years ago, I would not have believed that most heart surgeries would someday be performed with tiny incisions in the side of the chest or groin. One of the greatest rewards of working at PinnacleHealth has been witnessing firsthand how these advances have helped patients right here in Central Pennsylvania.


Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute: Comprehensive Care, Innovative Research

At Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, physician-scientists provide advanced treatments for acute and chronic heart conditions, while furthering the Heart and Vascular Institute’s mission to develop and perfect lifesaving therapies and technologies.


New Era of Radiosurgery Launches at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center: Installation of Gamma Knife Icon

As technologies and techniques have advanced in recent years, Gamma Knife radiosurgery has become a vital tool for enhancing outcomes among patients with brain tumors and other complex neurological disorders. Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center recently reaffirmed its long-standing commitment to provide the most advanced care in the region by upgrading to the latest iteration of the Gamma Knife radiosurgery system: Leksell Gamma Knife®Icon™.


Penn State Cancer Institute: Pioneering Research Unites with Advanced Care in Central Pennsylvania

ESTABLISHED IN 2000, Penn State Cancer Institute, recognized as an American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer-accredited facility, has evolved into a premier academic oncology center that encompasses clinical care, research, education and outreach. Since 2009, the 178,000-square-foot facility on the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center campus has served as the hub for nearly 160 clinicians, researchers and faculty members based in Hershey and University Park, State College in Centre County. The Cancer Institute care teams see nearly 2,000 individual cases annually.


PinnacleHealth CardioVascular Institute Furthers Research into Innovative Cardiovascular Devices

In May of 2013, PinnacleHealth embarked on an exciting journey in caring for patients with blocked heart arteries when it began participating in a three-year clinical trial for the first-of-its-kind drug-eluting Absorb Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS).


Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutics at Penn State Children’s Hospital: Bringing Hope to Young Cancer Patients and Their Families

Cooperation, innovation and a passion for saving young lives are the driving forces behind the Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutics Program at Penn State Children’s Hospital.


Upgrade to Gamma Knife Icon Broadens Experienced Team’s Cranial Radiosurgery Capabilities

Clinicians at Hershey Medical Center have taken cranial radiosurgery to the next level with Leksell Gamma Knife®IconTM, the latest advance in Elekta’s Gamma Knife system.


Study Finds Thorough Skin Self-exams Rare among Melanoma Patients

Melanoma patients frequently lack the knowledge or confidence to perform regular, effective skin self-exams (SSEs), according to recent research.


Drug Alters Approach to Treating Advanced Melanoma

A newer class of medications that enables the immune system to identify and attack diseased cells is transforming the way clinicians fight advanced melanoma. At the head of that charge is the drug pembrolizumab.