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 …

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 …

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 …

2
Aug

Abington – Jefferson Health Recognized by NRG Oncology

Congratulations to Abington – Jefferson Health, who was recently announced as the #3 top accruing Main Member site for Fiscal Year 2017 by NRG Oncology. The announcement was made at the NRG Oncology Semiannual Meeting, held July 13-15, 2017 in Philadelphia. NRG Oncology seeks to improve the lives of patients with cancer by conducting practice-changing …

29
Mar

Christine Bonaccorso Named Administrative Director of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network

Please join us in congratulating Christine Bonaccorso, RN, BSN, OCN, on assuming the position of Administrative Director of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network. Over the past several months, Bonaccorso has proven to be an outstanding leader while serving as Interim Director, playing a critical role in several projects that have greatly enhanced the Cancer Network. …

15
Mar

RNA-Regulated Mechanism Validated as a Target in GI Tract Cancers

Investigators from the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson University, and Drexel University have uncovered a critical regulatory mechanism involved in pancreatic and colorectal cancer progression. The study results were recently published in Molecular Cancer Research. The researchers investigated the role of the RNA-binding protein HuR (also known as ELAVL1) in gastrointestinal (GI) …

27
Jan

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Welcomes Pierluigi Porcu

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson is pleased to announce the appointment of Pierluigi Porcu, MD, as the new Director of the Hematologic Malignancies and Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Division in the Department of Medical Oncology, effective December 1, 2016. Dr. Porcu comes to Jefferson from The Ohio State University in Columbus, where he …

18
Jan

Doylestown Health Joins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network at Jefferson

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network at Jefferson and Doylestown Health will officially join forces effective January 1, 2017. The affiliation combines the expertise of a leading academic medical center and a community health system with a reputation for delivering quality health care. As the newest member of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network (SKCN) at Jefferson, …

13
Jan

Maria Werner-Wasik Receives New Jefferson Appointments

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson is pleased to announce that Maria Werner-Wasik, MD, FASTRO, has been appointed to the position of Executive Vice Chair for Radiation Oncology Integration and the Walter Curran Professor of Radiation Oncology.  As the Executive Vice Chair, she will focus her activities on harmonizing and integrating all clinical radiation …

21
Nov

Dr. Sara Meyer Joins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson is pleased to announce the appointment of Sara Meyer, PhD, as a new assistant professor in the department of Cancer Biology effective November 1, 2016. Previously, Dr. Meyer was a postdoctoral fellow at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Meyer received her PhD in Cell and Molecular Cancer …

26
Oct

Dr. Grace Lu-Yao Joins Jefferson

Grace Lu-Yao, PhD, MPH, recently joined the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson as part of the center’s growing population science program. She is now serving as the Associate Director for Population Science at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson and the Vice Chair and professor in the department of medical oncology at the …

11
Oct

Dr. Andrew Chapman Named Interim Chief of Cancer Services

To address the needs and complexity of our growing enterprise, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson (SKCC) has announced that Andrew Chapman, DO, FACP, will serve in an interim role as the new enterprise-wide Chief of Cancer Services, a role that will also include Aria-Jefferson Health and Abington-Jefferson Health. Dr. Chapman brings significant expertise from …

16
Jan

Mary Kate Cellmer, Manager, SKCN, elected to board of the Association of Cancer Executives

Mary Kate Cellmer, BS, Manager, Clinical Operations of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network, was elected to the board of the Association of Cancer Executives.

21
Jun

Dr. Karen Knudsen and Dr. Renato Iozzo receive Distinguished Mentor Awards.

On Monday, June 11, 2012, at the Annual Jefferson Postdoctoral Research Symposium, Dr. Karen Knudsen and Dr. Renato Iozzo were honored with The Distinguished Mentor Award. The Distinguished Mentor Award was established to recognize Jefferson faculty members that excel in the mentoring of postdoctoral fellows. The award also serves to highlight the importance of positive and …

26
Apr

Scott Waldman Awarded CURE Grant to Move Colon Cancer Test Closer to Commercialization

Scott Waldman, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at Thomas Jefferson University, has been awarded a Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement (CURE) grant for almost $750,000 to help advance a molecular diagnostic test for colon cancer into commercialization. Such a test would better detect recurrence in a group of colon cancer …

25
Apr

You Can Help Save PA Research Funding

For more than a decade, Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement Program (CURE) has supported a broad range of biomedical research at 39 institutions across Pennsylvania. These funds have led to research advances in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, infectious diseases, and other health areas and improvements in public health. In his budget for fiscal year 2013, …

17
Apr

Kimmel Cancer Center Founding Directors Portrait Unveiled

A portrait of Dr. Carlo Croce, the founding Director of the Jefferson Kimmel Cancer Center, painted by Philadelphia artist Martha Erlebacher, was unveiled on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at 4:00 PM in the Bluemle Life Sciences Building. Martha Mayer Erlebacher has been recognized as one of the leading representational figurative and still-life artists in America …

26
Mar

Jefferson Graduate Student Receives Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation ‘Research Scholar Award’

Kevin Basile, a Thomas Jefferson University graduate student in the Genetics Ph.D. Program, was one of nine students from leading cancer centers across the U.S. to receive a $10,000 “Research Scholar Award” from the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation (JMNMF) for his exceptional research work. Two members of the board of directors for JMNMF, including …

21
Feb

Stronger Intestinal Barrier May Prevent Cancer in the Rest of the Body, New Study Suggests

A leaky gut may be the root of some cancers forming in the rest of the body, a new study published online Feb. 21 in PLoS ONE by Thomas Jefferson University researchers suggests. It appears that the hormone receptor guanylyl cyclase C (GC-C)—a previously identified tumor suppressor that exists in the intestinal tract—plays a key …

16
Feb

Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center Establishes Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities

PHILADELPHIA—In an effort to reduce and eventually eliminate cancer disparities among adults in the Philadelphia region, the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson has established the Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities. Edith P. Mitchell, M.D., FACP, a medical oncologist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology in the Department of …

7
Feb

Jefferson appoints Administrator, Radiation Oncology

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has selected Alex Khariton to become its Administrator for the Department of Radiation Oncology. Previously, Mr. Khariton had been the Administrative Director for the Department of Radiation Oncology at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, N.J., for the past eight years. “I”m looking forward to working for an  NCI-designated cancer center that …

7
Feb

Drugs targeting chromosomal instability may fight a particular breast cancer subtype

Another layer in breast cancer genetics has been peeled back. A team of researchers at Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center (KCC) led by Richard G. Pestell, M.D., PhD., FACP, Director of the KCC and Chair of the Department of Cancer Biology, have shown in a study published online Feb. 6 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation …

19
Dec

Marja Nevalainen Talks to ‘Cancer Discovery’ About Science Careers

In a Dec. 1 news article  published in the American Association for Cancer Research journal Cancer Discovery,  Marja Nevalainen, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor of cancer biology, medical oncology, and urology, offers up her insight for a story focusing on the challenges and opportunities postdocs face in an increasingly tight job market. “Typically, postdoctoral training …

15
Dec

Richard Pestell Named AAAS Fellow

Richard Pestell, M.D., Ph.D., FACP, Director of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson (KCC), has been named a 2011 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). As part of the Section on Medical Sciences, Dr. Pestell was elected as an AAAS Fellow for his distinguished contributions to cancer care as director …

9
Dec

New “Achilles’ Heel” in Breast Cancer: Tumor Cell Mitochondria

Researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson have identified cancer cell mitochondria as the unsuspecting powerhouse and “Achilles’ heel” of tumor growth, opening up the door for new therapeutic targets in breast cancer and other tumor types. Reporting in the online Dec.1 issue of Cell Cycle, Michael P. Lisanti, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair …

5
Dec

KCC’s 3rd Annual Men’s Event

Another successful year! The Kimmel Cancer Center hosted its 3rd annual Men’s Event at the Prime Rib in Philadelphia on November 15. About 150 people joined Richard Pestell, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, Leonard Gomella, M.D., Chair, Department of Urology at Jefferson and 2011 Men’s Event Co-Chairs Edward Glickman, President of Pennsylvania …

8
Nov

Kimmel Cancer Center Hosts Interurban Clinical Club

On Friday, October 28, the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson hosted the 204th meeting of the Interurban Clinical Club at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. The Interurban Clinical Club is a prestigious club founded by Sir William Osler in 1905 for the purpose of exchanging ideas and fellowship among medical teachers in some …

31
Oct

Gordon Schwartz, M.D., Nominated to National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers Board

Gordon F. Schwartz, MD, MBA, FACS, director of the Jefferson Breast Care Center, will represent the American Society of Breast Disease on the board of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). The NAPBC is a consortium of national, professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and the monitoring of …

28
Oct

Surgeons Cut Whipple Procedure Wound Infections in Half with New Measures

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital surgeons found that a carefully-selected surgical care check list of 12 measures reduced Whipple procedure wound infections by nearly 50 percent. Smoking cessation at least two weeks prior to surgery, gown and glove change prior to skin closure, and using clippers over razors to shave the surgical area are some of the …

13
Oct

Jefferson-Eagles Breast Health Floor Dedication Event

On October 11, the Jefferson Breast Care Center unveiled the Jefferson-Philadelphia Eagles Breast Health floor with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The speakers were Jefferson President and CEO Tom Lewis, Director of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Dr. Richard Pestell, Eagles owner Christina Lurie, Eagles safety Kurt Coleman and breast cancer survivor Caity Buck. Earlier this year, …

29
Sep

Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Celebrates 20 Years of Patient Care and Cancer Discovery

From October forward, the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson (KCC), a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, is celebrating 20 years of service to the community and the groundbreaking cancer research from the scientists and physicians who’ve provided an invaluable contribution to medical science and healthcare. “This is truly a milestone for the Kimmel Cancer Center—it’s …

23
Sep

Dr. Michael Lisanti’s Cancer Research Featured in New Scientist

New cancer research suggests that we have misunderstood the feeding habits of cancer for decades, wrongly believing that cancer cells produce the bulk of their energy by breaking down glucose in the absence of oxygen, known as the Warburg effect. Dr. Michael Lisanti of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson proposes that when a cell turns cancerous …

22
Sep

New Half-Match Bone Marrow Transplant Procedure Featured in Philadelphia Inquirer

Neal Flomenberg, M.D., chair of the Department of Medical Oncology at Jefferson and Dolores Grosso, DNP, co-principal investigator of the study, have developed a way to make stem-cell transplants work, even when only half the immune markers are matched. Featured in the “Check Up” section of The Philadelphia Inquirer, this research has major implications. Half-match transplants would triple …

8
Sep

Half-Match Bone Marrow Transplant Procedure Yields Promising Outcomes for Cancer Patients

Half-matched bone marrow or stem cell transplants for blood cancer patients have typically been associated with disappointing clinical outcomes. However, a clinical trial conducted at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson testing its unique, two-step half-match procedure has produced some promising results: the probability of overall survival was 45 percent in all patients after three years …

29
Aug

Robert B. Den, M.D., Joins the Department of Radiation Oncology at Jefferson

Radiation oncologist Robert B. Den, M.D., recently joined Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as an attending physician, and was also named an assistant professor at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in the Department of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Den is a clinical scientist who specializes in the treatment of prostate cancer, combining his laboratory research …

25
Aug

ADVANCE for Nurses Magazine Features KCC’s Senior Adult Oncology Center

The multidisciplinary staff at the Center assesses the many health challenges confronting senior adults and recommends a personalized cancer treatment plan for each patient. Jefferson staff members Pat Dugan, Vicki Squire and Barb Daulerio were interviewed for the article. The nursing magazine, ADVANCE for Nurses, put the spotlight recently on the Senior Adult Oncology Center …

5
Jul

Radiation after prostate removal is cost-effective, but less likely to be recommended by urologists

Receiving radiation therapy immediately after a radical prostatectomy is a cost-effective treatment for prostate cancer patients when compared with waiting and acting on elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels, according to a new study by researchers at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital. What’s more, a separate, but related study, found that urologists were less likely than …

23
Jun

Director of KCC, Dr. Richard Pestell, in July issue of Runner’s World

Dr. Richard Pestell, director of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson and former national-class distance runner, was featured in the July issue of Runner’s World. Dr. Pestell spoke with the magazine for the cover story titled “Outrunning Cancer”–which focused on the running community’s ability to raise million of dollars each year to fight cancer. “When …

21
Jun

Bernadette E. Garofola Named ASRT Fellow

Bernadette E. Garofola, M.Ed., R.T.(R)(T)(CT), chief radiation therapist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. Ms. Garofola was honored at a ceremony on June 18 at the ASRT Annual Governance and House of Delegates Meeting in Albuquerque, N.M. The honorary Fellow category was established by …

10
Jun

Edith Mitchell Receives ‘Practitioner of the Year’ Award from Philadelphia County Medical Society

Edith Mitchell, M.D., clinical professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, was named 2011 “Practitioner of the Year” Award by the Philadelphia County Medical Society (PCMS). For her excellence in clinical care and community service, Dr. Mitchell will be presented the award on Saturday, June 11, during the …

1
Jun

KCC Research: Cancer Cells Accelerate Aging & Inflammation in Body to Drive Tumor Growth

Researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson have shed new light on the longstanding conundrum about what makes a tumor grow—and how to make it stop.  Interestingly, cancer cells accelerate the aging of nearby connective tissue cells to cause inflammation, which ultimately provides “fuel” for the tumor to grow and even metastasize. This revealing …

23
May

Highlights from KCC American Cancer Society Research Symposium

The Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson hosted the 3rd Annual American Cancer Society Research Symposium: Celebrating the ACS Institutional Research Grant at KCC on May 6, 2011. Dr. Nevalainen welcomed members of the KCC and TJU community and the American Cancer Society. Richard Pestell, MD, PhD gave the Keynote Address, “Cancer Invasion and Metastasis and …

6
May

KCC American Cancer Society Research Symposium

The 3rd Annual Kimmel Cancer Center American Cancer Society Research Symposium will be held today at 2 p.m. in 101 BLSB. KCC Director Richard Pestell, M.D, Ph.D, will present the keynote address and 2010 American Cancer Society-Institutional Research Grant Award recipients. Amy Leader, DrPH, MPH, and Hushan Yang, Ph.D, will discuss their research. A reception …

26
Apr

KCC Team to Walk for Bladder Cancer

It is estimated that more than 70,000 new cases of bladder cancer were diagnosed in 2010, making it the 5th most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S. Please join Dr. Jean Hoffman-Censits, of the Department of Medical Oncology, Solid Tumor Division, and the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Team in raising awareness of the disease …

19
Apr

Dr. Edith Mitchell attends National Summit on Health Disparities, Hon. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Harry Reid honored

Edith Mitchell, M.D., clinical professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, attended the 8th Annual National Summit on Health Disparities Meeting & Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C., on April 11 and 12. The summit, organized by The National Minority Quality Forum and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, in …

19
Apr

Jefferson Researchers Unlock Key to Personalized Cancer Medicine Using Tumor Metabolism

Identifying gene mutations in cancer patients to predict clinical outcome has been the cornerstone of cancer research for nearly three decades, but now researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson have invented a new approach that instead links cancer cell metabolism with poor clinical outcome. This approach can now be applied to virtually any …

13
Apr

Jefferson Doctors Strengthen Case for High-Dose Radiotherapy Technique After Radical Prostatectomy

A widely-available yet expensive radiotherapy technique used to treat prostate cancer patients after surgery has promising benefits—higher dose and less damage to the rectum and bladder—compared to a less precise technique, Thomas Jefferson University researchers document for the first time in a new study published in Practical Radiation Oncology. A team of radiation oncologists and …

7
Apr

Celebrating National Cancer Registrars Week

Cancer Registrars throughout the United States and abroad will join their colleagues, community leaders, and other medical professionals to observe the 15th annual National Cancer Registrars Week, April 11th-15th. Quality cancer data is central to the nation’s fight against cancer, and cancer registrars are the first link in capturing these data. Our Cancer Registry works …

6
Apr

Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson breast cancer symposium features latest in research, treatment

The latest advances in both breast cancer treatment and research – including innovations in diagnostic, surgical, chemotherapy and radiation approaches – will be discussed Friday, April 8, 2011, at a breast cancer symposium at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson in Philadelphia. The all-day, breast cancer symposium, part of an annual series at the Kimmel …

22
Mar

Jefferson Clinical Trial: Can a Cholesterol Drug Prevent Colon Cancer?

Thomas Jefferson University has started recruiting patients for a new National Cancer Institute (NCI)-sponsored clinical trial to test whether the cholesterol-reducing drug rosuvastatin is effective in the prevention of recurrent colon cancer. Previous laboratory research and population studies have shown that patients taking statins, the class of drugs that lowers cholesterol, had fewer colon polyps, …

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