James F. Pingpank Jr. is a compassionate and articulate surgical oncologist for the University of Pittsburgh Hillman Cancer Center, experienced in treating patients and making presentations to the medical community.
Excellence in Research
Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy
Board Certified in Surgery
Pingpank assembled a peritoneal mesothelioma resource presentation for the Mesothelioma Foundation’s 2008 symposium.
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Another of Pingpank’s research interests is melanoma. Similar to his advocacy of heated chemotherapy treatments, he studied the effects of direct chemotherapy for the liver, which can lengthen the lifespan of melanoma patients.
In addition to his position as surgical oncologist at the Hillman Cancer Center, Pingpank is also an associate professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The medical school is equipped with the national mesothelioma tissue bank, which collects tissue samples from around the country to advance the field of the disease’s treatment.In the 2011 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma, Pingpank discussed the difficulties of getting drug companies to invest in new treatments. He emphasized the use of smaller trials as both cost effective and able to demonstrate valid biological evidence of treatment results, necessary for understanding this rare type of cancer. Three years earlier he delivered several hopeful moments. One came at the close of a lecture at the 2008 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma. “We think that durable control of malignant peritoneal mesothelioma is possible for patients undergoing aggressive surgical therapy,” he said. During the symposium, Pingpank sat down with one of his patients, Bruce Jackson, to spend time discussing personalized treatment strategies. Jackson, who was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, epithelioid type, was grateful that Pingpank made this effort to meet with him. Later, Pingpank would go on to successfully perform surgery to remove Jackson’s omentum and administer chemotherapy, clearing any signs of the disease.
“How often do you get to chat one-on-one like that with the doctor who’s going to save your life?” Jackson asked. “It was amazing.”
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