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Addressing a Growing Need


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Our long experience has shown that one of the greatest barriers to patient care and comfort is distance.

Transportation costs, family commitments, work and scheduling become complicated and exhausting when patients receive treatment far from home.

Each year, more than 500 people on the West Shore need inpatient oncology care, yet many residents have the obstacle of traveling more than 40 miles for each radiation therapy or chemotherapy appointment.

As our population grows and ages, the need for cancer care will increase. By 2017, more than 31 percent of people on the West Shore will be over age 55, and cancer cases in our service area are estimated to exceed more than 27,000.

PinnacleHealth System has brought our nationally accredited team and facilities closer to the patient. Our first-rate care for patients and their families, the Ortenzio Cancer Center at PinnacleHealth,  is available at our West Shore Campus in Mechanicsburg.