World-Class Cancer Care Close To Home

The number of Americans being diagnosed with certain forms of cancer is increasing, with many cases being diagnosed in the advanced or late stages due to pandemic-related delays and general declines in cancer screenings. Research shows an uptick in colorectal cancer diagnoses in people under 50, with more cases being diagnosed at an advanced stage. Additionally, experts have seen fewer early-stage and more late-stage breast and cervical cancer diagnoses in recent years.

Despite this rise in advanced cancer diagnoses, the good news is that overall cancer death rates in the U.S. continue to decline thanks to detection and treatment advances.  According to Dr. Vincent Reyes, Chief of Hematology and Medical Oncology at St. Clair Health who also serves as Assistant Medical Director of Medical Oncology at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, “Cancer isn’t the end. People with a cancer diagnosis are living longer, healthier lives.”

Dr. Reyes and fellow oncology experts at the St. Clair Hospital Cancer Center Affiliated with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center deliver comprehensive and cutting-edge cancer care so patients never have to go far to get the very best of everything. Dr. Reyes emphasizes, “You’re getting the same care only minutes from your home that you would at a top cancer treatment center. Plus, you could be treated by medical experts who may also be your neighbors.”

Life after a cancer diagnosis can come with challenges, but organizing your care or life around your cancer treatment is not one of them for patients at the St. Clair Hospital Cancer Center Affiliated with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. “Our goal is to eliminate your worries, because you already have enough on your plate with cancer. Our facility serves as your home base for care,” says Dr. Reyes.

From medical and radiation oncologists to surgeons and other specialists, the entire team works together through every step of a patient’s cancer journey to ensure they are receiving the right treatment, at the right time. Dr. Reyes stresses, “Being fully integrated across multiple specialties on one campus means the best protocols, the most treatment options, and innovative clinical trials, plus access to the best doctors and staff for expert-level care.”

No one else in the region bridges the gap between the research and clinical sides of cancer care like this team. They are not only driven to achieve better outcomes for today’s patients. They are also working to discover how to help new patients down the road.  Dr. Reyes explains, “Offering clinical trials and newer treatments such as molecular targeting, immunotherapy, and next generation sequencing can provide a better quality of life for current patients. These techniques also give us the opportunity to explore what we can do to advance the science of oncology for future generations.”

If you or someone you know are one of the estimated two million Americans who will be diagnosed with cancer annually, you can rest assured knowing that world-class cancer care is available close to home at the St. Clair Hospital Cancer Center Affiliated with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. To learn how this unique joint venture between St. Clair Hospital Cancer Center and UPMC Hillman Cancer Center benefits cancer patients, please visit

Vincent Reyes Jr., MD, earned his medical degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, completed a residency in internal medicine at Temple University Hospital, and completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Reyes is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and has been named a Top Doctor by Pittsburgh Magazine annually since 2020.