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21
Nov

Is CyberKnife Right for Me? Five Questions about CyberKnife Treatment for Prostate Cancer with Dr. Eric Gressen

In November, the moustache is king. Movember is a month-long initiative to bring awareness to men’s health issues, particularly prostate cancer. In the spirit of Movember, we asked Eric Gressen, MD, some common questions from patients about CyberKnife treatment for prostate cancer. Dr. Gressen is a clinical professor and a Jefferson Health physician in the …

20
Nov

Dr. Grace Lu-Yao Recognized with International Society of Geriatric Oncology Investigator Award

Grace Lu-Yao, PhD, Associate Director of Population Science at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health (SKCC), has been honored with the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) 2018 Nursing and Allied Health (NAH) Investigator Award at the SIOG 2018 Annual Conference. This award recognizes significant contributions from new investigators in geriatric oncology nursing …

6
Nov

Skin Cancer Specialist Dr. Melissa Wilson Joins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health (SKCC) welcomes Melissa A. Wilson, MD, PhD, as a new Associate Professor of Medical Oncology. Dr. Wilson treats patients with skin cancers including melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and Merkel cell carcinoma. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Wilson leads clinical and translational research …

11
Oct

SKCC Researchers Receive NIH Grant to Study Prostate Cancer Disparities among African Americans

Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health (SKCC) researchers have received a planning grant for Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) to Investigate Cancer Health Disparities (P20 grant) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study a “precision interception approach” to prevent prostate cancer progression among African American men. Grace Lu-Yao, PhD, MPH, Associate …

3
Oct

SKCC Researchers Receive NCI Funding to Study Local Philadelphia Population

Researchers at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health (SKCC) recently received funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to embark on a year-long study to better understand the cancer prevention and risk behaviors of people who live in the five counties surrounding the cancer center. A partnership with the Public Health Management Company …

13
Sep

Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Enhances Population Science Research with TIPS

Over the last few years, the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health (SKCC) has successfully integrated population science — a field of research focused on improving public health on a broad scale — into its existing five cancer research programs through the creation of a mechanism known as TIPS, short for Transdisciplinary Integration of …

7
Sep

Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health Joins Global Network to Expand Cancer Care Expertise to Patients Worldwide

Newly launched global technology platform, Driver, will connect cancer patients to the best treatments around the world. The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health (SKCC) announces a collaboration with Driver, a first-of-its-kind global technology platform that connects cancer patients to the best treatments, which launched today in the United States and China. Driver’s platform …

16
Aug

Dr. Ana María López to Lead Medical Oncology at SKCC Jefferson Health – Washington Township

Ana María López, MD, MPH, joins the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health (SKCC) as the Vice Chair of Medical Oncology and Chief of Cancer Services at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township. Dr. López comes from the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, where she was Director of Cancer Health …

14
Aug

SKCC Director Dr. Karen Knudsen Named Association of American Cancer Institutes’ President-Elect

Karen E. Knudsen, PhD, Enterprise Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center– Jefferson Health (SKCC), has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association of American Cancer Institutes’ (AACI) board of directors. Dr. Knudsen, who has been serving as SKCC enterprise director since 2015, governs cancer research and cancer care across 14 hospitals within …

3
Aug

Newlyweds Face Cancer Diagnosis Together

When newly married couple Lydia and Anikait Sharma moved to the United States in 2016, they were excited about their lives in a brand new country. The London, United Kingdom natives had recently moved across the ocean to Philadelphia for Anikait’s new job as a Director of Financial Planning and Analysis. Lydia took her time …

26
Jul

Dr. Mark Hurwitz Honored as Fellow of the American Society for Radiation Oncology

Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health member Mark D. Hurwitz, MD, is being recognized as an American Society for Radiation Oncology Fellow (FASTRO). The designation was voted upon by the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), the world’s largest society for radiation oncology professionals, and recognizes exceptional service to the field of radiation oncology …

25
Jul

Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Announces ACS Institutional Research Grant Recipients

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health is pleased to announce the most recent recipients of the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grants. American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grants are awarded to institutions as block grants to provide seed money for newly independent investigators to initiate research projects. The intent of this support is …

2
Jul

SKCC Investigators Explore New Approaches to Treating Metastatic Colorectal Cancer

A new clinical trial conducted by investigators at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health (SKCC) and the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University has generated promising results regarding a novel treatment for metastatic colorectal cancer. The new study, published in the journal Cancer, was led by Jonathan R. Brody, PhD, director of Surgical Research …

25
Jun

From Patient to Supporter: Helping Others Navigate a Cancer Diagnosis

As an Air Force and commercial airline pilot, Pete Lonngren’s top priority had always been safety. So in 2007 when he discovered a swollen lymph node in his neck, he knew he had to follow his instincts and take action for the sake of his health. Lonngren, an Indiana native who has lived in South …

21
Jun

Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health & Sarah Cannon Research Institute Announce Cancer Drug Development Collaboration

Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health (SKCC) and Sarah Cannon Research Institute (Sarah Cannon) recently announced a unique collaboration to advance clinical research through an expanded early phase drug development program and investigator initiated trials, leveraging the strengths of each. The organizations will combine expertise in drug development and research support services, which will …

13
Jun

Christine Eischen, PhD, Receives Prestigious Professorship in Cancer Research

Congratulations to Christine M. Eischen, PhD, who was recently invested as the Herbert A. Rosenthal, MD ’56 Professor in Cancer Research. Eischen is a professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Cancer Biology at Thomas Jefferson University and co-leader of the Molecular Biology & Genetics Program at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson …

7
Jun

Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health Joins Nation’s Top Cancer Centers to Endorse Goal of Eliminating HPV-related Cancers

Joint statement empowers parents, young adults and physicians to act to increase vaccination rates and screenings to eliminate HPV-related cancers, starting with cervical cancer. (PHILADELPHIA) — Nearly 80 million Americans – one out of every four people – are infected with human papillomavirus (HPV). Each year, 14 million new HPV infections occur and more than …

1
Jun

SKCC Scientists to Present on Uveal Melanoma, Biden Cancer Initiative, and More at ASCO Annual Meeting

(CHICAGO) — Scientists from the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) at Jefferson Health will be presenting research and leading discussions on various topics, including metastatic uveal melanoma, genetic counseling in men, immunotherapy in early-stage lung cancer and solid tumors, quality of life among patients receiving treatment for T cell lymphoma, and updates on the Cancer …

1
Jun

SKCC Faculty Among Sidney Kimmel Medical College 2018 Faculty Award Honorees

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health congratulates its faculty who were among the honorees of this year’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC) at Thomas Jefferson University faculty awards. SKMC offers a number of awards to faculty to recognize various accomplishments throughout the year. The Faculty Awards Dinner was held May 16 at the …

24
May

Unique Clinical Trial for Melanoma Patients Begins at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

The first patient at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health recently began receiving treatment as part of a phase II clinical trial studying adjuvant nivolumab. It is a single arm study of nivolumab every 4 weeks for 12 cycles in patients with stage 2b/2c melanoma who have had their melanoma removed and a negative …

22
May

Understanding Genetic Test Results for Prostate Cancer: Needs for Men Identified

Some prostate cancer patients will need help understanding the complexity of genetic results, a new study finds. As genetic testing for various diseases gains in popularity, researchers are finding that there can be confusion about what the test results really mean, how much they increase a person’s risk of disease, and whether there’s any important …

7
May

Eye Cancer Cases in North Carolina and Alabama Baffle Physicians

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health (SKCC)’s renowned uveal, or ocular, melanoma program sees patients from across the country and around the world. SKCC medical oncologists who specialize in uveal melanoma work closely with a team from nearby Wills Eye Hospital to treat patients with primary ocular tumors, as well as those whose …

2
May

SKCC Researchers Receive Melanoma Research Alliance Team Science Award

Andrew Aplin, PhD, Associate Director of Basic Research and Program Leader of Cancer Cell Biology & Signaling at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) at Jefferson Health, Kalbach-Newton Professor in Cancer Research at Thomas Jefferson University, and Department of Ophthalmology at Wills Eye Institute, and Marlana Orloff, MD, Assistant Professor of Medical Oncology at Thomas …

9
Apr

Brittany Simone Recognized With AACR Scholar-in-Training Award

Brittany Simone, DO, resident physician in the Radiation Oncology Department at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, has been selected to receive an American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)-Takeda Oncology Scholar-in-Training Award in recognition of the high-quality abstract she is presenting at the AACR Annual Meeting 2018. AACR Scholar-in-Training Awards are highly competitive and recognize outstanding young …

20
Mar

Wm. Kevin Kelly, DO, Elected as Co-Chair of NCI Steering Committee

Wm. Kevin Kelly, DO, leader of the Prostate Cancer Program and associate director of Clinical Research at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health (SKCC), has been elected to serve as medical oncology co-chair on the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Genitourinary Cancers Steering Committee (GUSC). The GUSC addresses the design, prioritization, and evaluation of …

12
Mar

Dan Silver, MD, PhD, Receives “Outstanding Member” Award at Cancer Center Retreat

Congratulations to Dan Silver, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medical Oncology and Director of Basic Science and Research in Medical Oncology, for receiving the “Director’s Award – Outstanding Member” at the recent Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health (SKCC) Member Retreat, held at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Silver, who is also the leader of …

9
Mar

David Cognetti, MD, and Joseph Curry, MD, Receive Philanthropic Award

Congratulations to David Cognetti, MD, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery and Co-Director of the Jefferson Center for Head and Neck Surgery, and Joseph Curry, MD, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, who recently received the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health (SKCC) “Philanthropic Award.” They were presented the award by Jonathan Agree, Vice President …

6
Mar

Kevin Kelly, DO, Receives “Director’s Award for Impact” at Member Retreat

Congratulations to Wm. Kevin Kelly, DO, Professor of Medical Oncology and Director of the Division of Solid Tumor Oncology, for receiving the “Director’s Award for Impact” at the recent Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health (SKCC) Member Retreat, held at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Kelly, who is also the leader of the Prostate Cancer …

27
Feb

Jeff Benovic, PhD, Receives Discovery of the Year Award for Basic Science

Congratulations to Jeff Benovic, PhD, Thomas Eakins Endowed Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Thomas Jefferson University, who was recently honored with the “Discovery of the Year Award for Basic Science” at the 2018 Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health (SKCC) Member Retreat, held at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The award was presented …

14
Feb

Michael Root, MD, PhD, Honored with Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Mentoring Award

Congratulations to Michael Root, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, who recently received the “Mentoring Award” at the 2018 Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) Member Retreat, held at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The award was presented to Root by Jeff Benovic, PhD, Thomas Eakins Endowed Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Associate Director of Education …

9
Feb

Adam Berger, MD, FACS, Receives Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Achievement in Clinical Research Award

Congratulations to Adam Berger, MD, FACS, Vice Chair for Clinical Research, who recently received the “Achievement in Clinical Research Award” at the 2018 Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) Member Retreat, held at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The award was presented to Berger by Kevin Kelly, DO, Associate Director of Clinical Research and Leader of the Prostate …

6
Feb

Rebecca Cammy, MSW, LCSW, Receives Best Article Award

Congratulations to new staff member Rebecca Cammy, MSW, LCSW, Supervisor, Patient Support Services at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health, who was the recent recipient of the 2017 Best Article Award for her publication, “Developing a Palliative Radiology Oncology Service Line: The Integration of Advance Care Planning in Subspecialty Oncologic Care.” The paper was …

31
Jan

Veda Giri, MD, Receives Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Population Science Award

Congratulations to Veda Nargund Giri, MD, who recently received the “Discovery of the Year Award for Population Science” at the 2018 Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Member Retreat, held at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Giri has had long-standing interest in developing the field of genetic counseling and testing for inherited prostate cancer. She is a medical …

5
Jan

Andrew Aplin Named First Recipient of Kalbach-Newton Professorship in Cancer Research

The Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC) at Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) has established a new professorship, made possible through generous donations from the estates of Raymond B. Kalbach and Caroline Newton. Mark Tykocinski, MD, Provost of TJU, and Anthony F. and Gertrude M. DePalma Dean of SKMC, has named Andrew E. Aplin, PhD, one of …

14
Dec

New Recommendations Provide Guidance on Genetic Counseling & Testing for Hereditary Prostate Cancer

To date, there have been few recommendations to guide physicians about when to offer men genetic consultation for prostate cancer risk. Now, an international and interspecialty panel of experts convened at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) at Jefferson have developed a comprehensive set of recommendations. This consensus statement, published December 13th in the Journal …

13
Dec

Scott Waldman Named a 2017 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Scott A. Waldman, MD, PhD, Co-Leader of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Program at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at Thomas Jefferson University, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Waldman is a leader in clinical pharmacology, whose groundbreaking research …

11
Dec

Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Researchers Receive $1.3 Million from Falk Trust

How can doctors use immunotherapy to develop more effective and durable anticancer therapies? Is it possible to return aggressive cancer cells to a dormant form once they have spread? Those are two questions SKCC researchers Andrew Aplin, PhD, and Emad Alnemri, PhD, will explore with $1.3 million in grants from the Dr. Ralph and Marian …

5
Dec

Researchers Find Breakthroughs in Understanding Genetic Basis of Aggressive Prostate Cancer

The retinoblastoma (RB) susceptibility gene was the first gatekeeper gene discovered for cancer. When it was removed or damaged, cancer thrived. Over the years, researchers have discovered methods that have allowed them to experimentally remove the RB gene in order to study it, but just how the gene’s loss made cancers more aggressive was poorly understood. By studying patient samples, …

28
Nov

Decoding the Molecular Mechanisms of Ovarian Cancer Progression

A new study from Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) investigator Christine Eischen, PhD, provided important new insights into the mechanisms contributing to ovarian cancer. The findings were recently published in Nature Communications. Ovarian cancer is the most lethal gynecologic malignancy in the United States, resulting in an estimated 14,100 deaths and 22,500 new cases in 2017 …

21
Nov

Cancer Cell Signaling: Selecting the Best Importin for the Job

New research from Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson member Gino Cingolani, PhD, recently provided critical insights into the nuclear import of key signaling proteins, including those involved in tumorigenesis. For a vast array of cellular processes, numerous proteins must be imported and exported from the cell nucleus in a tightly regulated fashion. Typically, proteins that …

20
Nov

CyberKnife Provides Long-term Disease Control for Prostate Cancer Patients

Jefferson now offers treatment with the CyberKnife® System, a noninvasive alternative to surgery for treating cancerous and noncancerous tumors, which has been shown to provide excellent long-term results for patients with low-and intermediate-risk prostate cancer. According to a recent national 17-center study, after 10 years 98.4 percent of the 230 men monitored with low-risk prostate cancer who were treated with the …

17
Nov

Christine Eischen Receives AACR-Bayer Innovation and Discovery Grant

Christine M. Eischen, PhD, Co-Leader of the Molecular Biology & Genetics Program at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, has been awarded a 2017 AACR-Bayer Innovation and Discovery Grant. Her grant is entitled, “Using PROTACS to target the Mdm2 oncoprotein.” The Innovation and Discovery Grant offers one-year grants to “meritorious projects that examine important, and …

7
Nov

Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Grand Rounds Lecture: Elizabeth A. Platz

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson is pleased to welcome Elizabeth A. Platz, ScD, MPH, as this week’s lecturer in our Grand Rounds Series. Her talk is entitled “Population Science: Collaborating to Uncover Cancer Etiology While Reflecting on Translation to Reduce Cancer Burden.” Dr. Platz is a Professor, Martin D. Abeloff, MD Scholar in …

19
Oct

Knudsen and Kelly Receive NCI Funding

Two Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center investigators, Karen Knudsen, PhD, and Wm. Kevin Kelly, DO, have been awarded a new R01 grant from the National Cancer Institute to develop more effective therapeutic strategies for advanced prostate cancer. The project builds on previous discoveries from these investigators that identified specific cell cycle alterations in metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer and …

13
Oct

Ayesha Shafi receives PCF Young Investigator Award

Ayesha Shafi, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Director Dr. Karen Knudsen, has been awarded a prestigious Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) Young Investigator Award. Shafi is conducting research on the role of the androgen receptor and the DNA repair factor DNA-dependent protein kinase in prostate cancer. Her studies are …

13
Oct

Elda Grabocka Recipient of V Foundation Scholar Research Award

Congratulations to Elda Grabocka, PhD, who has been given a prestigious V Foundation Scholar Research Award. Her grant, entitled “Targeting Stress Adaptive Mechanisms as a Strategy for Precision Oncology in Pancreatic Cancer,” is focused on investigating stress granules as predictors of drug resistance and as effective therapeutic targets for the treatment of KRAS-driven pancreatic cancer. …

19
Sep

Molecular Profiling of Key Survival Proteins in B-cell Lymphoma Subtypes

Investigators at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson uncovered potential new culprits that contribute to the development and progression of several types of lymphoma. The study was published in a recent issue of Clinical Cancer Research, with co-first authors Drs. Clare M. Adams and Ramkrishna Mitra, along with co-author Dr. Jerald Z. Gong and senior author Christine …

18
Aug

Colorectal Cancer Metastasis: A Game of Clones

Colorectal cancer is highly prevalent worldwide, and metastasis of colorectal cancer to distant sites accounts for ~90% of the mortality associated with this disease. Researchers at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson (SKCC), along with collaborators at several other institutions, tracked genomic changes that occur as colorectal tumors progress and metastasize to distant sites …

10
Aug

Cancer Immunotherapy Might Come with a Hidden Cost

Recent findings from investigators at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson raise potential concerns regarding adverse effects associated with a therapeutic approach that has revolutionized the field of cancer treatment — cancer immunotherapy. The findings were recently published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology + Biology + Physics. In immunotherapy, clinicians harness the power of …

9
Aug

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson) Ranked No. 20 in the Nation for Cancer

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson) has been nationally ranked No. 20 in the cancer specialty for 2017-2018 by U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that treat the most challenging patients and evaluate each hospital’s use of advanced technologies, safety, outcomes, and …

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