Is Good Health a Choice?: Richard Pestell at TEDxOccidentalCollege

In this talk, given at the TEDxOccidentaCollege meeting, Dr. Pestell explores cultural assumptions that drive cancer seeking behavior. He will reveal solutions that will empower you to live healthier starting today.

ACS-IRG Pilot Projects Awarded for 2013

Left to Right: Dr. Jordan Winter, Dr. Lara Weinstein, Dr. Aejaz Sayeed, Dr. Richard Pestell, Dr. Tali Gidalevitz, Larry Slagle, Ruth Ann Dailey, Dr. Marja Nevalainen

The Jefferson Kimmel Cancer Center hosted the Annual ACS-IRG Luncheon on September 17th to announce the 2013 Pilot Project award recipients from Thomas Jefferson University. Awardees include Sheikh Aejaz Sayeed, PhD from the Department of Cancer Biology; Jordan Winter, MD, from the Department of Surgery; Yaron Moshel, MD, PhD from the Department of Neurological Surgery; Tiffany Avery, MD, MPH from the Department of Medical Oncology; Lara Carson Weinstein, MD, MPH from the Department of Family & Community Medicine and from Drexel University,  Tali Gidalevitz, PhD from the Department of Biology. Each Awardee briefly explained their research projects to Ruth Ann Dailey, Vice President, Corporate and Distinguished Partners and Larry Slagle, Distinguished Giving Director, of the East Central Division of the American Cancer Society. Ms. Dailey and Mr. Slagle explained the ACS mission and offered ways in which the Pilot Project recipients would be able to assist them in that mission.

KCC Holds Annual “Celebration of Life” Event

On June 8th, 2011, The Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson honored our cancer survivors. The Celebration of Life was held in the Bluemle Life Sciences Building’s first floor area. We had great artwork, excellent entertainment, inspirational speakers, which included Jefferson’s PhD candidate and Susan Conley, a cancer survivor and author of “The Foremost Good Fortune” one of Oprah’s best reads for the month of February this year

Dr. Mitchell & The KCC Host A Program On Triple Negative Breast Cancer Awareness

On Saturday, October 9th, 2010, Dr. Edith P. Mitchell and the Kimmel Cancer Center hosted a special program about triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC).  TNBC accounts for approximately 15% to 20% of breast cancer diagnoses but has twice the rate of prevalence among young women, particularly pre-menopausal African-American women. This program is designed to increase your awareness and understanding of TNBC, the risks, disparities, and learn about developing strategies and methods to address the challenges of treatment.

Free Prostate Cancer Screenings

11-0199 Prostate Cancer Flyer 2010

The Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson and Prostate Health International’s Gary Papa Run are offering free prostate screenings as part of a research program. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men. Screening is important because prostate cancer shows no symptoms in its earliest stages.

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Celebration of Life – 2010

Celebration Of Life

Celebration of Life

On Wednesday, June 9th, 2010, the Kimmel Cancer Center will hold it’s 11th annual Celebration of Life event. This Celebration of Life honors and celebrates the lives of all cancer survivors and the people that care about them. For more info about the Celebration of Life Event please see this page

Wellness Community of Phladelphia holds 12th Annual “Evening in the Park” Awards Dinner

Joy Soleiman, KCC Clinical Administrator and Oncology Social Workers, Katie Noble and Bonnie Crouthamel attended the Wellness Community of Philadelphia 12th annual “Evening in the Park: awards dinner. The Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson was a supporting sponsor for the evening. To learn more about the The Wellness Community please visit .

Second Annual Get Your Rear In Gear Event

The second annual Philadelphia Get Your Rear In Gear will took  place at 7:30 a.m. on Martin Luther King Drive in Philadelphia, Sunday, March 21, 2010, during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  Both survivors and those lost to colorectal cancer were honored.  There was a 5K Race  and a 2 mile Remembrance Walk.

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Below are pictures from the Kick-Off Meeting:

Celebration of Life 2009 Recap

On July 3rd, 2009, the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson celebrated their 10th year Anniversary of their Annual Celebration of Life as well as the 10th year Anniversary of their Buddy Program which matches newly diagnosed cancer patients with a trained cancer survivor (Buddy). The Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson is proud to join communities across the United States in celebrating National Cancer Survivors Day. This Celebration of Life honors and celebrates the lives of all cancer survivors and the people that care about them. Our celebration was attended by 240 cancer survivors, their family members, caregivers and healthcare professionals.

The celebration included an interactive health fair, exhibit of art and poetry, musical entertainment, food and inspirational talks. Along with the art exhibit was a Tree of Life which offered cancer survivors and caregivers the opportunity to place a leaf on the tree with their name and an inspirational message.

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Alex’s Lemonade Stand™ Foundation for Childhood Cancer Upcoming Events in Philadelphia

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation

Alex’s Lemonade Stand™ Foundation for Childhood Cancer has some upcoming events in the Philadelphia area. The 6th Annual Lemonade Days June 12-14th, The 4th Annual Great Chef’s Event (featuring a number of notable Philly chefs) Wednesday, June 17th, & The Childhood Cancer Symposium on Saturday, June 27th. Also, Kenny Herriot will be pedaling across the country April 27th through June 7th in The Great Lemon Ride. It isn’t to late to hold your own lemonade stand during this years Lemonade Days, or join in “fighting childhood cancer, one cup at a time”.

For those of you who don’t know about the amazing Alex Scott or her lemonade stand…

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A Place for Me

The Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson hosted “A Place for Me” in Bluemle Life Science Building on Saturday, November 10, 2007. A family program, “A Place for Me” supports and educates children whose parents or grandparents have cancer. The November program featured art, games, and storytelling to help children understand the disease process, and to cope with fears about losing a loved one. Separate groups were held for teens and younger children (aged 5-12). A third group, held concurrently, highlighted communication strategies for adults wanting to talk to children about serious illness, treatment side-effects and end-of-life issues.

Navigating the New Normal

Cartoon Boot Camp

Tongue cancer survivor Christian “Patch” Patchell lead a “Cartoon Boot Camp” for young adult survivors on October 25, 2008. This innovative program, held in Hamilton Building, focused on using art as a tool to manage difficult feelings associated with cancer treatment and survivorship. A graphic artist and art instructor at University of the Arts, Patch shared a personal sketchbook that he developed over the course of his own radiation therapy. With help from Patch and volunteers from the Philadelphia Cartoonists Society, program attendees used their newly-acquired skills to create “artists’ trading cards,” which they swapped with one another at the end of the day. This event was held as part of Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson‘s “Navigating the New Normal” program, which addresses the needs of young adult survivors between the ages of 18-45.

Kimmel Cancer Center Hosts Program to Help Patients and Families Learn More About Living with Cancer April 2

The Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson in Philadelphia is holding a program on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 for patients, families and caregivers whose lives have been touched by cancer.

“Life After A Cancer Diagnosis” will feature speakers addressing topics ranging from exercise and cancer fatigue to caregiver issues to questions about fertility and sexuality after diagnosis and treatment. The session on sexuality and cancer is particularly focused on young adults ages 18 to 45 with cancer – a group, notes Kimmel Cancer Center clinical administrator Joy Soleiman, MPA, whose needs are sometimes overlooked.

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