University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

The Sampson Foundation is funding a study on the effectiveness of mind-body interventions for esophageal cancer patients at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI). 

At UPCI, basic researchers collaborate with clinician-scientists to rapidly advance the most promising laboratory studies into novel clinical trials, providing patients with early access to new and innovative treatments both at the Hillman Cancer Center and throughout the network of UPMC CancerCenter sites. Currently, patients have access to hundreds of clinical trials at UPCI and UPMC CancerCenter.

Founded in 1985, UPCI is the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in western Pennsylvania. UPCI has more than 350 research and clinical faculty members specializing in disciplines ranging from cancer prevention and early detection to novel therapeutic discovery, survivorship, and end of life care. This Center maintains a broad strategic vision and comprehensive approach to understanding and defeating cancer, and is making vast strides in its quest to significantly reduce the burden of cancer.Previous studies have strongly supported the possibility that mind-body interventions, such as guided imagery and paced abdominal breathing, can positively impact biological processes and reduce symptoms in patients undergoing cancer treatment. This study will further explore those connections, specifically for esophageal cancer patients.

UPCI continues to grow and evolve, sustained by the ongoing recruitment of internationally renowned scientists, increases in funding, and a planned expansion of laboratory and clinical space.