TYPES OF CANCERS WE TREAT

At UPMC Whitfield we're committed to giving you the expert care you need to fight cancer, win, and get back to living your life to the fullest. Our medical professionals represent a variety of specialties with areas of expertise that focus on specific types of cancer. Combined, these disciplines provide UPMC Whitfield patients a range of radiotherapy service offerings that covers most types of cancer.

Breast Cancer

The breast cancer experts at UPMC Whitfield provide state-of-the-art radiotherapy treatment for every form of breast cancer at every stage of disease. Our approach to breast cancer treatment honours your preferences by blending advanced clinical methods with support services for the best possible results.

Cancer Treatment Professionals at UPMC Whitfield

Dr. Esam Abdelaal, MD
Consultant Radiation Oncologist

Radiation Oncology Sub Specialties
Breast Cancer and Lung Cancer

Services
Consultative Services, Radiotherapy, IMRT, Respiratory Gating and Deep Inspiration Breath-hold techniques

Dr. Esam Abdelaal, consultant radiation oncologist, was raised in Mansoura, Egypt, and graduated from Medical College at Mansoura University, Egypt in 1988.

Following his internship and specialist training at Mansoura University Hospital, he undertook a Masters in Medicine (Radiation Oncology) and a Fellowship in Radiology (Therapeutic) at Mansoura University, Egypt in 1994.

Dr. Abdelaal was awarded a two-year fellowship at the University of North Shore and Stony Brook, USA, from 1998 to 2000. Following his return to Egypt, he spent two years at the University Hospital of Mansoura and was awarded his PhD in Radiation Oncology in 2002. He has worked as a consultant clinical radiation oncologist at Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Malaysia from 2003 to 2010; the Armed Forces Hospital, Saudi Arabia from 2010 to 2012; and at Mansoura University Hospital, Egypt, 2012 to 2014.

Dr Esam is registered as a medical practitioner and a specialist oncologist by the:

  • Egyptian Medical Council
  • Malaysian Medical Council
  • Saudi Medical Council
  • Irish Medical Council

In March 2015, Dr. Esam joined UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre as a consultant radiation oncologist.

Wojciech Sasiadek, MD
Consultant Radiation Oncologist

Radiation Oncology Sub Specialties
Breast Cancer, CNS Tumours, Gastrointestinal Cancers, Head and Neck Cancers, and Skin Cancer

Services
Consultative Services, Radiotherapy, IMRT

Dr. Wojciech Sasiadek, consultant radiation oncologist, received his medical degree at Silesian School of Medicine in Katowice, Poland.

Dr. Sasiadek completed an internship specialising in head and neck radiation therapy in Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Centre and Institute of Oncology in Warsaw. After spending time at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Detroit, he was made consultant oncologist in the Head and Neck Division at the Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Centre, in addition to serving outpatient departments in Bedzin, Chorzow, and Sosnowiec.

Dr. Sasiadek is professionally registered as a medical practitioner and a specialist oncologist by the:

  • Polish Chamber of Physicians and Dentists/Centrum Egzaminów Medycznych w Lodzi
  • General Medical Council (UK)
  • Irish Medical Council

Dr. Sasiadek holds a number of memberships with professional and scientific societies, and has authored several publications and presentations.

In May 2007, Dr. Sasiadek joined UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre as a consultant radiation oncologist.

Prostate Cancer

In Ireland, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men, after skin cancer. . The cancer itself is a malignant tumour of the prostate gland, a walnut-sized organ located in front of a man’s rectum and below the bladder. Factors that may increase prostate cancer risk:

  • Age – The risk for prostate cancer increases with age, with men over age 65 at highest risk.
  • Family history – Studies show that a man’s risk for prostate cancer increases if a close male relative has the disease.
  • Race – African-American and African-Caribbean men are more at risk than other ethnic groups.
  • Specific genetic changes – Researchers have found that changes in parts of certain chromosomes seem to be connected with an increased risk for prostate cancer.

Patient assessments may include a digital rectal exam and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. While these tests may indicate a problem with the prostate, further testing to detect cancer also may include a transrectal ultrasound and transrectal biopsy.

Cancer Treatment Professionals at UPMC Whitfield

Dayle Hacking, MD
Medical Director and Consultant Radiation Oncologist

Radiation Oncology Sub Specialties
Haematology and Urology

Services
Consultative Services, Radiotherapy, IMRT, Brachytherapy (Radioactive Seed Implant)

Dr. Dayle Jeremy Harold Hacking, specialist radiation oncologist, received his medical degree at Godfrey Huggins School of Medicine, Zimbabwe.

After serving one year with the Air Force as a medical assistant, Dr. Hacking completed an internship in general surgery, internal medicine, and orthopaedics at Grey’s/Northdale Hospital Complex, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where he also served as a medical officer. He then completed residencies in the department of surgery and department of radiotherapy and oncology at the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa.

Dr. Hacking is professionally registered as a medical practitioner and a specialist radiation therapist and oncologist by the:

  • South African Medical and Dental Council
  • General Medical Council (UK)
  • Irish Medical Council

Dr. Hacking is a Bard accredited proctor for Low Dose Rate (LDR) brachytherapy and has a special interest in uro-oncology. Dr. Hacking holds a number of memberships with professional and scientific societies, and has authored several publications and presentations.

In 2006, Dr. Hacking joined the UPMC team and was appointed medical director of UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre in 2014.

Lung Cancer

In the lungs, cancer can grow in several ways depending on the type of cell it affects. When you breathe, air enters your trachea, which branches into two bronchi — one for each lung. The bronchi divide into smaller tubes, or bronchioles. These carry air to tiny sacs in the lungs called alveoli. The alveoli absorb oxygen from the air you breathe and remove carbon dioxide from your blood. Lung cancers often begin in the cells that line the bronchi. The main types of lung cancer are:

  • Small cell lung cancer. This aggressive disease starts in the larger airways and is strongly associated with smoking tobacco. Doctors usually don’t detect it until it reaches an advanced stage, when it may have already spread.
  • Non-small cell lung cancers.These include adenocarcinoma, squamous cell lung carcinoma, and large-cell carcinoma.
  • Mesothelioma. This rare and aggressive type of lung cancer begins in the tissue that lines the heart, lungs, and abdomen.

At UPMC Whitfield, we have the resources and expertise to provide state-of-the-art, evidence-based radiotherapy to people with lung cancer. Our multidisciplinary team works to craft an individualized treatment approach.

Cancer Treatment Professionals at UPMC Whitfield

Dr. Esam Abdelaal, MD
Consultant Radiation Oncologist

Radiation Oncology Sub Specialties
Breast Cancer and Lung Cancer

Services
Consultative Services, Radiotherapy, IMRT, Respiratory Gating and Deep Inspiration Breath-hold techniques

Dr. Esam Abdelaal, consultant radiation oncologist, was raised in Mansoura, Egypt, and graduated from Medical College at Mansoura University, Egypt in 1988.

Following his internship and specialist training at Mansoura University Hospital, he undertook a Masters in Medicine (Radiation Oncology) and a Fellowship in Radiology (Therapeutic) at Mansoura University, Egypt in 1994.

Dr. Abdelaal was awarded a two-year fellowship at the University of North Shore and Stony Brook, USA, from 1998 to 2000. Following his return to Egypt, he spent two years at the University Hospital of Mansoura and was awarded his PhD in Radiation Oncology in 2002. He has worked as a consultant clinical radiation oncologist at Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Malaysia from 2003 to 2010; the Armed Forces Hospital, Saudi Arabia from 2010 to 2012; and at Mansoura University Hospital, Egypt, 2012 to 2014.

Dr Esam is registered as a medical practitioner and a specialist oncologist by the:

  • Egyptian Medical Council
  • Malaysian Medical Council
  • Saudi Medical Council
  • Irish Medical Council

In March 2015, Dr. Esam joined UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre as a consultant radiation oncologist.

Head and Neck Cancer

About 90 percent of head and neck cancers are squamous cell carcinomas — cancers that form in the squamous cells of the epithelium. The epithelium is a distinct tissue type that lines many structures of the body, such as the mouth, nose, throat, and sinuses. Exposure to carcinogens — such as tobacco and alcohol — is the main cause of most head and neck cancers. Increasing evidence suggests that the human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes cervical cancer, may also cause some head and neck cancers.

Types of head and neck cancers include:

  • Hypopharyngeal cancer – this cancer starts in the entrance into the oesophagus, the hypopharynx, the part of the throat (pharynx) that’s beside and behind the larynx.
  • Laryngeal cancer – this cancer affects the larynx, the part of the throat between the back of the tongue and the trachea (windpipe).
  • Metastatic squamous neck cancer – this cancer occurs when squamous cell carcinoma has spread from another part of the body to the lymph nodes.
  • Nasopharyngeal cancer – the nasopharynx is the upper part of the throat. It starts behind the nose and ends at the top of the trachea and esophagus.
  • Oral cavity cancer – this family of cancers can affect the lips, gums, tongue, cheek linings, floor of the mouth, or roof of the mouth.
  • Oropharyngeal cancer – the oropharynx is the middle of the throat. It includes the back of the tongue, lining of the throat, tonsils, and parts of the back of the roof of the mouth.
  • Paranasal sinus and nasal cavity cancer – the paranasal sinuses are four groups of hollow spaces in the bones near the nose.
  • Salivary gland cancer – this rare type of cancer forms in the salivary glands. These include the parotids (in front of and below the ears), the sublinguals (under the tongue), and the submandibular (below the jaw).

UPMC Whitfield’s radiation oncologists work with referring doctors and colleagues at University Hospital Waterford to provide complete, compassionate care.

Cancer Treatment Professionals at UPMC Whitfield

Wojciech Sasiadek, MD
Consultant Radiation Oncologist

Radiation Oncology Sub Specialties
Breast Cancer, CNS Tumours, Gastrointestinal Cancers, Head and Neck Cancers, and Skin Cancer

Services
Consultative Services, Radiotherapy, IMRT

Dr. Wojciech Sasiadek, consultant radiation oncologist, received his medical degree at Silesian School of Medicine in Katowice, Poland.

Dr. Sasiadek completed an internship specialising in head and neck radiation therapy in Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Centre and Institute of Oncology in Warsaw. After spending time at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Detroit, he was made consultant oncologist in the Head and Neck Division at the Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Centre, in addition to serving outpatient departments in Bedzin, Chorzow, and Sosnowiec.

Dr. Sasiadek is professionally registered as a medical practitioner and a specialist oncologist by the:

  • Polish Chamber of Physicians and Dentists/Centrum Egzaminów Medycznych w Lodzi
  • General Medical Council (UK)
  • Irish Medical Council

Dr. Sasiadek holds a number of memberships with professional and scientific societies, and has authored several publications and presentations.

In May 2007, Dr. Sasiadek joined UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre as a consultant radiation oncologist.

Colorectal Cancer

GI cancers form when malignant cells grow in certain tissues of the GI system. Cancer of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, including the colon and rectum, is very common and is often diagnosed at later stages.. Because these diseases are closely related, they make up a distinct family of cancers. At UPMC Whitfield we work with you and with your referring GP to tailor a treatment plan to meet your needs and goals.

Cancer Treatment Professionals at UPMC Whitfield

Wojciech Sasiadek, MD
Consultant Radiation Oncologist

Radiation Oncology Sub Specialties
Breast Cancer, CNS Tumours, Gastrointestinal Cancers, Head and Neck Cancers, and Skin Cancer

Services
Consultative Services, Radiotherapy, IMRT

Dr. Wojciech Sasiadek, consultant radiation oncologist, received his medical degree at Silesian School of Medicine in Katowice, Poland.

Dr. Sasiadek completed an internship specialising in head and neck radiation therapy in Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Centre and Institute of Oncology in Warsaw. After spending time at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Detroit, he was made consultant oncologist in the Head and Neck Division at the Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Centre, in addition to serving outpatient departments in Bedzin, Chorzow, and Sosnowiec.

Dr. Sasiadek is professionally registered as a medical practitioner and a specialist oncologist by the:

  • Polish Chamber of Physicians and Dentists/Centrum Egzaminów Medycznych w Lodzi
  • General Medical Council (UK)
  • Irish Medical Council

Dr. Sasiadek holds a number of memberships with professional and scientific societies, and has authored several publications and presentations.

In May 2007, Dr. Sasiadek joined UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre as a consultant radiation oncologist.

Oesophageal Cancer

In oesophageal cancer, tissues in the oesophageal — the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach — begin to change and grow abnormally. Oesophageal cancer is rare. Types of oesophageal cancer are:

  • Squamous cell carcinoma is cancer that begins in flat cells that line the oesophageal.
  • Adenocarcinoma is cancer that begins in the cells that make and release mucus and other fluids.

At UPMC Whitfield, we have extensive experience in the care of people with oesophageal cancer. Our multidisciplinary team of experts works together to individually tailor a treatment plan for your type and stage of oesophageal cancer. And, we work with your referring doctor to ensure a complete team approach to your care.

Cancer Treatment Professionals at UPMC Whitfield

Dr. Esam Abdelaal, MD
Consultant Radiation Oncologist

Radiation Oncology Sub Specialties
Breast Cancer, CNS Tumours, Gastrointestinal Cancers, Head and Neck Cancers, and Skin Cancer

Services
Consultative Services, Radiotherapy, IMRT

Dr. Esam Abdelaal, consultant radiation oncologist, was raised in Mansoura, Egypt, and graduated from Medical College at Mansoura University, Egypt in 1988.

Following his internship and specialist training at Mansoura University Hospital, he undertook a Masters in Medicine (Radiation Oncology) and a Fellowship in Radiology (Therapeutic) at Mansoura University, Egypt in 1994.

Dr. Abdelaal was awarded a two-year fellowship at the University of North Shore and Stony Brook, USA, from 1998 to 2000. Following his return to Egypt, he spent two years at the University Hospital of Mansoura and was awarded his PhD in Radiation Oncology in 2002. He has worked as a consultant clinical radiation oncologist at Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Malaysia from 2003 to 2010; the Armed Forces Hospital, Saudi Arabia from 2010 to 2012; and at Mansoura University Hospital, Egypt, 2012 to 2014.

Dr Esam is registered as a medical practitioner and a specialist oncologist by the:

  • Egyptian Medical Council
  • Malaysian Medical Council
  • Saudi Medical Council
  • Irish Medical Council

In March 2015, Dr. Esam joined UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre as a consultant radiation oncologist.

Skin Cancer

Skin cancers affect the tissues of the skin in various ways, depending on the cancer type. Doctors classify skin cancers as either melanoma or non-melanoma. Melanoma is the most aggressive form of skin cancer. UPMC Whitfield cares for people with all types of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers. When skin cells suffer damage from ultraviolet light, mutations can occur. These mutations can cause the skin cells to multiply out of control and form malignant tumours.

  • Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It’s often hard to detect in its early stages. And, melanoma can spread quickly to other parts of the body through the lymph or circulatory systems.
  • Non-melanoma skin cancers affect other cells in the skin. Most are easy to detect, because they cause a growth or other mark on the skin.

Basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas account for 95 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers.

UPMC Whitfield’s multidisciplinary team addresses the various aspects of skin cancer in a coordinated way. We care for the whole patient — not just the cancer. Your team will work with you and your referring doctor to tailor a treatment plan to meet your needs.

Cancer Treatment Professionals at UPMC Whitfield

Wojciech Sasiadek, MD
Consultant Radiation Oncologist

Radiation Oncology Sub Specialties
Breast Cancer, CNS Tumours, Gastrointestinal Cancers, Head and Neck Cancers, and Skin Cancer

Services
Consultative Services, Radiotherapy, IMRT

Dr. Wojciech Sasiadek, consultant radiation oncologist, received his medical degree at Silesian School of Medicine in Katowice, Poland.

Dr. Sasiadek completed an internship specialising in head and neck radiation therapy in Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Centre and Institute of Oncology in Warsaw. After spending time at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Detroit, he was made consultant oncologist in the Head and Neck Division at the Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Centre, in addition to serving outpatient departments in Bedzin, Chorzow, and Sosnowiec.

Dr. Sasiadek is professionally registered as a medical practitioner and a specialist oncologist by the:

  • Polish Chamber of Physicians and Dentists/Centrum Egzaminów Medycznych w Lodzi
  • General Medical Council (UK)
  • Irish Medical Council

Dr. Sasiadek holds a number of memberships with professional and scientific societies, and has authored several publications and presentations.

In May 2007, Dr. Sasiadek joined UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre as a consultant radiation oncologist.

Central Nervous System (CNS) Lymphoma Cancer

There are many types of brain and spinal cord tumours. Together, the brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system (CNS). Tumours can be classified into two main types: benign and malignant.

  • Benign tumours are noncancerous and slow growing. They rarely spread to other parts of the body, but grow locally in the region they originated from.
  • Malignant tumours are cancerous and are more difficult to treat. Malignant tumours grow rapidly, usually invading surrounding brain and nerve tissue.

Malignant tumours of the brain and spinal cord can be further classified as primary or secondary tumours.

  • Primary brain tumours, also known as primary brain cancer, originate in the brain and rarely spread to other parts of the body. Primary brain tumours are named from the cells in which they originate.
  • Secondary brain tumours, also known as metastatic brain cancer, originate from cancer cells in another part of the body which have spread to the brain. The most common places for the cancer cells to travel from include the lung, breast, and melanoma, but almost all cancers can spread to the brain.

Cancer Treatment Professionals at UPMC Whitfield

Wojciech Sasiadek, MD
Consultant Radiation Oncologist

Radiation Oncology Sub Specialties
Breast Cancer, CNS Tumours, Gastrointestinal Cancers, Head and Neck Cancers, and Skin Cancer

Services
Consultative Services, Radiotherapy, IMRT

Dr. Wojciech Sasiadek, consultant radiation oncologist, received his medical degree at Silesian School of Medicine in Katowice, Poland.

Dr. Sasiadek completed an internship specialising in head and neck radiation therapy in Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Centre and Institute of Oncology in Warsaw. After spending time at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Detroit, he was made consultant oncologist in the Head and Neck Division at the Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Centre, in addition to serving outpatient departments in Bedzin, Chorzow, and Sosnowiec.

Dr. Sasiadek is professionally registered as a medical practitioner and a specialist oncologist by the:

  • Polish Chamber of Physicians and Dentists/Centrum Egzaminów Medycznych w Lodzi
  • General Medical Council (UK)
  • Irish Medical Council

Dr. Sasiadek holds a number of memberships with professional and scientific societies, and has authored several publications and presentations.

In May 2007, Dr. Sasiadek joined UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre as a consultant radiation oncologist.

Lymphoma / Haematological Cancer

Haematologic cancer is a cancer that begins in blood-forming tissues, such as the bone marrow, or in the cells of the immune system. Examples of hematologic cancer are leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. Also called blood cancer.

Cancer Treatment Professionals at UPMC Whitfield

Dayle Hacking, MD
Medical Director and Consultant Radiation Oncologist

Radiation Oncology Sub Specialties
Haematology and Urology

Services
Consultative Services, Radiotherapy, IMRT, Brachytherapy (Radioactive Seed Implant)

Dr. Dayle Jeremy Harold Hacking, specialist radiation oncologist, received his medical degree at Godfrey Huggins School of Medicine, Zimbabwe.

After serving one year with the Air Force as a medical assistant, Dr. Hacking completed an internship in general surgery, internal medicine, and orthopaedics at Grey’s/Northdale Hospital Complex, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where he also served as a medical officer. He then completed residencies in the department of surgery and department of radiotherapy and oncology at the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa.

Dr. Hacking is professionally registered as a medical practitioner and a specialist radiation therapist and oncologist by the:

  • South African Medical and Dental Council
  • General Medical Council (UK)
  • Irish Medical Council

Dr. Hacking is a Bard accredited proctor for Low Dose Rate (LDR) brachytherapy and has a special interest in uro-oncology. Dr. Hacking holds a number of memberships with professional and scientific societies, and has authored several publications and presentations.

In 2006, Dr. Hacking joined the UPMC team and was appointed medical director of UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre in 2014.