Cancer Care at Penn Highlands Healthcare

Your Oncology Doctor in Central Pennsylvania

Cancer Care

If you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, you will find the oncology doctor you need to provide expert care, customized treatments plans, state-of-the-art therapies along with compassion at Penn Highlands Healthcare. Our cancer care centers offer comprehensive treatment including robotic surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and radiation therapy close to home.

Personalized Cancer Care

When you come to Penn Highlands for cancer treatment, you’re not just a patient. You’re family. From diagnosis through remission and beyond, we are here to support you every step of the way. Your Penn Highlands oncology doctor will work with you on a personalized treatment plan that takes into account your cancer type, cancer stage, your overall health, and your treatment preferences and goals. And whether you need surgery, chemotherapy, infusion services, or radiation therapy, you’ll never need to be far from home at Penn Highlands.

Our main cancer care center is the Hahne Regional Cancer Center in Dubois, which provides comprehensive cancer care including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Our oncology doctors see patients in Dubois, Clearfield, Brookville, Huntingdon, and St. Marys, where we also provide outpatient diagnostic testing, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and hematology services.

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - St. MarysA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

1100 Million Dollar Highway
2nd Floor
St. Marys, PA 15857
814-781-5436

Penn Highlands Radiation OncologyA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

1163 Country Club Road
Monongahela, PA 15063
724-258-1970

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Abrahamson, Danielle J., MPAS, PA-C
Specialties

Hematology

Medical Oncology

Oncology

Locations

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - BrookvilleA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - ClearfieldA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - DuBois A Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - PunxsutawneyA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - St. MarysA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois


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Colvin, Jennifer, MD
Specialties

Hematology

Medical Oncology

Locations

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - DuBois A Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - PunxsutawneyA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois


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Elkassas, Hazem F., MD
Specialties

Hematology

Medical Oncology

Oncology

Locations

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - BrookvilleA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - DuBois A Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - PunxsutawneyA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - St. MarysA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois


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Ford, John, MD
Specialties

Hematology

Medical Oncology

Oncology

Locations

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - HuntingdonA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois


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Fu, Maofu, MD, PHD
Specialties

Hematology

Medical Oncology

Oncology

Locations

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - ClearfieldA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois


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Gold, Howard, MD
Specialties

Hematology

Oncology

Locations

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - DuBois A Service of Penn Highlands DuBois


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Ingram, Pamela L., MSN, CRNP, NP-C
Specialties

Hematology

Medical Oncology

Oncology

Locations

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - BrookvilleA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - ClearfieldA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - DuBois A Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - PunxsutawneyA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - St. MarysA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois


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Isaac, Mohsen A., MD
Specialties

Radiation Oncology

Locations

Penn Highlands Radiation OncologyA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois


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Levin, Jean E., MSN, CRNP, AONCP
Specialties

Hematology

Medical Oncology

Oncology

Locations

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - BrookvilleA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - ClearfieldA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - DuBois A Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - PunxsutawneyA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - St. MarysA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois


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Lieb, James V., DO
Specialties

Hematology

Medical Oncology

Locations

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - TyroneA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Pinecroft Community Medical Building


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Lim, Dawson, MD
Specialties

Hematology

Medical Oncology

Locations

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - MonongahelaA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois


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Marchioli, Carmine C., MD
Specialties

Hematology

Medical Oncology

Oncology

Locations

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - BrookvilleA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - DuBois A Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - St. MarysA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois


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Mullins, Kevin A., DO
Specialties

Hematology

Medical Oncology

Oncology

Locations

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - DuBois A Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - St. MarysA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois


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Schuster, Grae L., MD
Specialties

Oncology

Radiation Oncology

Locations

Hahne Cancer Center - DuBois


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Shinn, Lowell C., MD
Specialties

Hematology

Medical Oncology

Locations

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - MonongahelaA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois


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Tyger, Traci L., MPAS, PA-C
Specialties

Medical Oncology

Oncology

Radiation Oncology

Locations

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - BrookvilleA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - ClearfieldA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - DuBois A Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - PunxsutawneyA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - St. MarysA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois


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Wisor, Adam L., MSN, CRNP, NP-C
Specialties

Hematology

Oncology

Locations

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - BrookvilleA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - ClearfieldA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - DuBois A Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - PunxsutawneyA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - St. MarysA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois


Expert Cancer Care Services

At Penn Highlands, our oncology doctors have access to the latest tests — including blood tests, biopsy, mammography, breast MRI, colonoscopy, endoscopy, PET scans, CT scans, and ultrasound — to accurately assess your cancer. Working with specialized pathologists, the cancer team determines what type of cancer you have and the stage of the cancer. Accurate cancer staging—including whether your cancer has spread (metastasized) from the initial tumor— is very important as it will determine the most effective treatments.
Once your cancer assessment is completed, an oncology doctor, typically a medical oncologist or a surgeon, will meet with you to discuss your cancer and treatment options. You also may be introduced to a cancer nurse navigator who can help answer questions, arrange appointments, and connect you to many resources including financial assistance and support services. Your oncology doctor will discuss your goals and concerns with treatment and then design a personalized cancer treatment plan.
Penn Highlands offers comprehensive cancer care services including:

Where Can I Get Cancer Care at Penn Highlands

Cancer Centers at Penn Highlands
Hahne Cancer Center - Clearfield

Penn Highlands Hahne Cancer Center, on the campus of Penn Highlands Clearfield provides comprehensive cancer care for patients in a modern facility.

  • Chemotherapy
  • Hematology
  • Immunotherapy
  • Medical Oncology

815 Doctors' Drive
Clearfield, PA 16830
814-768-2132

Hahne Cancer Center - DuBois

Penn Highlands Hahne Cancer Center is the premier cancer care provider for the region. Established in DuBois in 1988 at Penn Highlands DuBois West.

  • Chemotherapy
  • Hematology
  • Immunotherapy
  • Medical Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology

100 Hospital Avenue
DuBois, PA 15801
814-375-3535

Oncology/Hematology Clinics at Penn Highlands
Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - BrookvilleA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology provides medical oncology services by board certified oncologists.

  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Hematology
  • Medical Oncology

88 Hospital Road
Brookville, PA 15825
814-375-3800

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - ClearfieldA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology provides medical oncology services by board certified oncologists.

  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Hematology
  • Medical Oncology

815 Doctors Drive
Clearfield, PA 16830
814-768-2132

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - DuBois A Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology provides medical oncology services by board certified oncologists.

  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Hematology
  • Medical Oncology

100 Hospital Avenue
DuBois, PA 15801
814-375-3800

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - HuntingdonA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology provides medical oncology services by board certified oncologists.

  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Hematology
  • Medical Oncology

900 Bryan Street
Huntingdon, PA 16652
814-643-8105

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - PunxsutawneyA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology provides medical oncology services by board certified oncologists.

  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Hematology
  • Medical Oncology

21911 Route 119
Punxsutawney, PA 15767
814-375-3800

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - St. MarysA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology provides medical oncology services by board certified oncologists.

  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Hematology
  • Medical Oncology

1100 Million Dollar Highway
St. Marys, PA 15857
814-781-5436

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology - TyroneA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Oncology/Hematology provides medical oncology services by board certified oncologists.

  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Hematology
  • Medical Oncology

417 Sabbath Rest Road
Altoona, PA 16601
814-684-6333

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Why Choose PHH for Cancer Treatment?

When you come to Penn Highlands for cancer treatment, you’re not just a patient. You’re family. From diagnosis through remission and beyond, we are here to support you every step of the way. Your Penn Highlands medical oncologist will work with you on a personalized treatment plan that will take into account your cancer type, cancer stage, and your individual health and personal preferences and goals. And whether you need radiation therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or other cancer treatments, you’ll never need to be far from home at Penn Highlands.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cancer Care

What type of specialists treat cancer?

Cancer is a complex disease that requires many specialists working together. At Penn Highlands Healthcare, our team of oncology doctors and other cancer experts work together to plan and implement the treatment plan that is best for you. Your team also will include specialists from other areas to help you deal with additional physical, emotional, and social needs during your treatment. Your cancer team may include:

  • Chemotherapy infusionists
  • Dosimetrists (to plan the correct dose of radiation)
  • Home care nurses
  • Medical physicists
  • Nutritionists
  • Palliative care nurses
  • Physical, occupational, and speech therapists
  • Oncology doctors, including physicians such as radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, and oncology surgeons. Typically, one physician will be your primary physician and coordinate treatment with other oncologists and also your primary care provider.
  • Oncology nurses
  • Radiation therapists
  • Support Services, including behavioral health specialists, financial counselors, social workers, spiritual care providers, and van drivers (should you need transportation to and from treatment)
What type of support services are provided for cancer patients?

At Penn Highlands, we recognize that a cancer diagnosis impacts your entire life and we have developed a support team to help you and your family through this journey. We offer a broad range of services to support your physical, emotional, and social needs. Our support services include nutrition services, behavioral health and spiritual services, palliative care and home care; financial counseling; social workers; and even transportation to and from treatment. Read more.

How do I find an oncology doctor near me?

Traditionally, people who are diagnosed with cancer are referred to a medical oncologist or surgeon for treatment. However, as consumers have become more educated about their health, they have begun to research cancer providers in addition to getting a referral. Online searches using reputable sources such as Healthgrades as well as looking at physician reviews online can be helpful. You can use our "find a provider" app to find a Penn Highlands oncology doctor near you.

What is radiotherapy?

Radiotherapy is another name for radiation therapy, a cancer treatment that uses high-energy ionizing radiation to kill cancer cells or damage the DNA of the cells to slow down their ability to divide, grow, and spread. The radiation can be delivered externally, through a machine called a linear accelerator, or internally, by implanting radioactive "seeds" near the tumor site, known as brachytherapy. More than half of all cancer patients receive radiotherapy as part of their treatment plan.

Can stage IV cancer be treated?

Stage IV cancer is cancer that has spread, or metastasized, beyond its original site. This stage is more common for cancers like pancreatic or lung that do not have symptoms in the early stages, so they often go unnoticed until they have progressed. Stage four cancer treatments usually focus on managing rather than curing the cancer, prolonging life, and improving quality of life. Stage IV cancer can be difficult to treat not only because it has spread, but because genetic mutations in metastatic tumors may make them resistant to treatment. However, more new treatments are being used today that are effectively treating stage four cancers that could not be treated in the past.

What is hormone therapy for cancer?

Hormone therapy is a treatment used—most often in conjunction with other treatments like radiation or chemotherapy—for breast and prostate cancer that use hormones to grow. This therapy is given orally or by injection to block your body's ability to make a specific hormone or alter how a specific hormone works in the body to either treat the cancer or help alleviate symptoms. Hormone therapy typically involves estrogen, progesterone, or androgens (male sex hormones).

What is the best treatment for cancer?

The best treatment option for your specific cancer type will depend on several factors including the type of cancer you have and how advanced it is, as well as your age, overall health, and your personal preferences. Some cancers will respond best to a combination of treatments, such as surgery and radiation. Newer treatments such as immunotherapy and targeted treatments may be best for some types of cancer, but not all so don't be discouraged if your oncologist recommends a more traditional treatment.

How successful are cancer treatments?

Based on the type and stage of your cancer, the goal of treatment might be to cure the cancer, to stop it from spreading, or to reduce symptoms to improve your quality of life (palliative care). Cancer treatments are improving every year—as are screening techniques that help us detect cancer earlier. In Pennsylvania, nearly 65% of people who are diagnosed with cancer live at least five years beyond diagnosis, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Overall U.S. death rates from cancer decreased 31% from 1991 to 2018, according to the American Cancer Society's Cancer Facts & Figures 2021 report.

What are the side effects of cancer treatment?

Side effects of cancer treatment are less severe than just 10 or 20 years ago, and many patients find that medications and integrative therapies such as mindfulness or yoga can help them cope with symptoms. In general, people undergoing radiation often experience skin irritation and fatigue as well as site-specific symptoms such as head and neck: dry mouth, hair loss, difficulty swallowing; chest: shortness of breath, shoulder stiffness, cough; abdomen: loss of appetite, nausea, cramping, diarrhea; pelvis: loose stool, incontinence, rectal bleeding, fertility issues. Patients receiving chemotherapy typically deal with fatigue, pain, nausea and vomiting, constipation or diarrhea, mouth and throat sores, hair loss, brain fog, and fertility issues.

Can cancer be cured?

Whether or not your cancer can be cured depends on many factors including the type of cancer, how early it was detected, and how your body responds to treatment. Most oncology physicians refer to cancer being in remission vs. cured if cancer treatment has been successful. That means the cancer is gone but could come back. For this reason, your oncology doctor will want to ensure that you and your primary care provider have information on long-term treatments or health habits that reduce the risk of reoccurrence as well as a customized cancer screening regimen. Thanks to advances in screenings and treatments, deaths from cancer have steadily dropped over the past three decades.

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