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Johns Hopkins Medicine partners to help battle cancer in Pennsylvania

WellSpan Health and Johns Hopkins Medicine on Tuesday announced plans to fight cancer together in south-central Pennsylvania.

The collaboration, described in a news release as comprehensive, aims to combine the expertise of WellSpan cancer physicians and programs with the innovative clinical, research and educational capabilities of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

WellSpan patients across south-central Pennsylvania who have cancer will benefit from a collaborative approach between the two organizations through shared treatment protocols, improved genomics capabilities, research projects, and access to Johns Hopkins Medicine’s expanded network of subspecialty physicians, the release states. All of these services will broaden the options close to home for life-saving care of patients with complex cancers.

WellSpan Health and the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have had a longstanding clinical and research collaboration since 2017, with a designated comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute.

WellSpan’s cancer experts see nearly 4,000 new patients annually across all their cancer centers, including the newly expanded WellSpan York Cancer Center, which opened this past summer. The collaboration agreement with Johns Hopkins Medicine will extend to and benefit all of WellSpan’s cancer centers, including the WellSpan Adams Cancer Center, the WellSpan Ephrata Cancer Center, the WellSpan Sechler Family Cancer Center and WellSpan cancer care locations in Franklin County.