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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

4
Aug

Researchers Developing Strategy to Optimize Personalized Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer

New research from investigators at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson provides insight into a cellular mechanism underlying the ability of pancreatic cancer cells to resist a promising, personalized therapy. The study was recently published online in Cancer Research. The research team studied the role of an RNA-binding protein termed HuR in influencing the …

26
Jul

Single-Cell Resolution Mutational Profiling in Breast Cancer

A new study from Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson demonstrated the feasibility of detecting cancer-associated gene mutations in circulating tumor cells (CTC) isolated from patients — providing a powerful new tool for clinicians and cancer researchers. Published in Clinical Cancer Research, the project was led by senior authors Paolo M. Fortina, MD, PhD, and Massimo …

11
Jul

Understanding Chemotherapy Resistance in Pancreatic Cancer

A collaborative study involving Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson (SKCC) investigators, together with colleagues from the University of California at San Diego, has provided important insights into how pancreatic cancer cells are able to resist the effects of chemotherapeutic agents. The new study, published in Cancer Research, was led by senior author Jordan Winter, MD, FACS, Associate Professor of …

23
Jun

Important New Insights into Key Regulatory Pathway for Cancer Cell Survival

New research from the laboratory of Christine Eischen, PhD, Co-Leader of the Molecular Biology and Genetics Program at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, has revealed a previously unappreciated feature of a well-known cell survival mechanism with potentially important implications for the treatment of some cancers. The study, recently published in Cancer Research, focuses on the …

5
May

Getting Personal about Inherited Risk for Prostate Cancer

A new study published in JCO Precision Oncology by lead investigator Veda N. Giri, MD, at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson takes an important step in deciphering the genetic landscape contributing to inherited prostate cancer. Genetic Evaluation of Men (GEM) is a study focused on uncovering the genetic contribution to inherited prostate cancer. …

28
Apr

Opening Up Chromatin for Cell Differentiation

Two new studies from the laboratory of Alex Mazo, PhD, at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, along with collaborators from SKCC, the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience at Thomas Jefferson University, and other institutions, provide new insights into the structure of chromatin and its implications for cellular differentiation.  The new work, appearing in …

25
Apr

New Insights into G Protein-Coupled Receptor Signaling and Regulation

A collaborative study by the laboratories of Jeffrey L. Benovic, PhD,  in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Thomas Jefferson University and the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, and Dr. Brian K. Kobilka in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine provides new insights into a …

5
Apr

Promising New Results in Lung Cancer Research

Investigators at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson have uncovered a new regulatory pathway with important implications for lung cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cause of all cancer-related deaths worldwide, with 85% of all cases consisting of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). A major obstacle to successfully treating NSCLC  is that many patients …

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) …

30
Nov

Dr. Den Featured in ASCOPost: Genomic Test Identifies Patients With Prostate Cancer in Need of Intensified Salvage Therapy

Prostate cancer has been slow to catch up with breast cancer in terms of using biomarkers, but a new study represents progress in this regard. A genomic classifier called Decipher® provides important information that can be used to make treatment decisions for men with prostate cancer and a rising prostate-specific antigen (PSA) after radical prostatectomy. …

9
Nov

The Perfect Match Might Be the Imperfect One

When it comes to treating blood cancers like leukemia and lymphomas, new research shows that a half-matched donor bone marrow transplant may be just as good as a full match, in the first apples to apples type comparison of its kind. (PHILADELPHIA) – Bone marrow transplantation is a life-saving therapy for many patients with blood …

19
Aug

Global Positioning at the Cancer Frontline

Dr. Pestell’s recent TEDx presentation “Is Good Health a Choice?” was featured in an “Australia Unlimited” article by David Varga. The article describes Dr. Pestell’s background and upbringing as well as highlighting his  innovative research involving the “GPS of Cancer” (the biological navigation system that allows malignant cancer cells to spread to the most vulnerable …

16
Sep

A Link between Hormones and DNA Repair Provide New Clues to Treat Advanced Prostate Cancer

For advanced prostate cancers, new strategies for therapeutic intervention are urgently needed, and require a better understanding of how tumor cells go from slow growth to aggressive behaviors that threaten patient lives. A new study, published by Thomas Jefferson University’s Kimmel Cancer Center researchers in the September 11th online edition of the journal Cancer Discovery, …

23
Aug

Researchers Find New Clues to Treat Rare and Aggressive Inflammatory Breast Cancer

A study led by investigators from Thomas Jefferson University’s Kimmel Cancer Center has discovered molecular clues that may help physicians therapeutically target inflammatory breast cancer (IBC), a highly aggressive form of breast cancer. Their study, reported in the June 21 online issue of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, identified two molecules (ALK and FAK1) involved in the …

23
Aug

Protein in Blood Exerts Natural Anti-Cancer Protection

Researchers from Thomas Jefferson University’s Kimmel Cancer Center have discovered that decorin, a naturally occurring protein that circulates in the blood, acts as a potent inhibitor of tumor growth modulating the tumor microenvironment. The study, published June 24 online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/06/19/1305732110.abstract), suggests it may be possible to …

23
Aug

Researchers Discover Molecule That Drives Aggressive Breast Cancer

Recent studies by researchers at Thomas Jefferson University’s Kimmel Cancer Center have shown a gene known to coordinate initial development of the eye (EYA1) is a powerful breast tumor promoter in mice. The gene EYA1 was also shown to be overexpressed in a genetic breast cancer subtype called luminal B. The scientists found that excess …

16
Jul

Dr. Iozzo’s recent PNAS publication shows link between decorin to autophagy in endothelial cells

Dr. Renato Iozzo, MD, PHD, Professor of Pathology & Cell Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Kimmel Cancer Center member, and his group recently published results in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) which show decorin functions as a tumor suppressor/anti-angiogenesis factor, in part, by inducing the autophagy of endothelial cells. The …

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 …

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 …

1
Mar

Radiation Oncology Announcements and Appointments

New faculty: Thomas Jefferson University welcomes two new, seasoned clinicians and researchers to its Department of Radiation Oncology: Nicole Simone, M.D., from the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Bo Lu, M.D., Ph.D, from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Simone is a board-certified Radiation Oncologist who has treated mostly patients with breast and head …

22
Feb

“Longevity” Protein SIRT1 May Ward Off Precursor to Prostate Cancer

Researchers from the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson and two other institutions have discovered new evidence that suggests the “longevity” protein SIRT1, known for its life-spanning effects in different species, can inhibit the development of a known precursor to prostate cancer, prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN). “Prostate cancer is one of the malignancies that has a …

15
Feb

Researchers Say Stress Fuels Cancer Growth, Provide Genetic Evidence That Antioxidants Can Help Treat It

Researchers from Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center have genetic evidence suggesting the antioxidant drugs currently used to treat lung disease, malaria and even the common cold can also help prevent and treat cancers because they fight against mitochondrial oxidative stress—a culprit in driving tumor growth. For the first time, the researchers show that loss of the …

2
Apr

Dr. Leonard G. Gomella Studies the Effect of Dutasteride on the Risk of Prostate Cancer

Dr. Leonard G. Gomella and colleagues conducted a landmark international randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group multi-center clinical trial to determine whether dutasteride reduces the risk of incident prostate cancer, as detected on biopsy, among men who are at increased risk for the disease. Over the course of the 4-year study period, dutasteride reduced the risk of …

22
Feb

Prolactin Blocks Oncogene Associated with Poor Prognosis in Breast Cancer

Researchers from the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson have found a mechanism by which a hormone responsible for milk production blocks an oncogene that makes breast cancer more aggressive. Publishing in the journal Cancer Research, the researchers discovered that prolactin, a pituitary hormone that normally stimulates breast development and milk production, in fact reduces levels …

29
Jun

Stromal Biomarker Predicts Advanced Prostate Cancer

The same biomarker was previously identified as a prognostic factor for breast cancer The absence of a stromal protein called caveolin-1 appears to be a marker for advanced prostate cancer and metastasis, researchers from the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson and Harvard Medical School reported in Cell Cycle. There was an abundance of stromal caveolin-1 …

21
May

New Universal Breast Cancer Marker Predicts Recurrence

The marker appears to be widely applicable to all breast cancer patients, regardless of other established prognostic indicators Reporting online in the American Journal of Pathology, researchers from the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson have implicated the loss of a stromal protein called caveolin-1 as a major new prognostic factor in patients with breast cancer, …

26
Jan

Jefferson Scientists Discover a Key Protein Regulator of Inflammation and Cell Death

Reporting in the journal Nature, researchers led by Emad Alnemri, Ph.D., professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, discovered a key protein component involved in inflammation. The protein, AIM2 (absent in melanoma 2), is involved in the detection and reaction to dangerous cytoplasmic DNA that is produced by infection …

27
Feb

Jefferson Scientists Uncover Role of Cancer Stem Cell Marker: Controlling Gene Expression Patterns

Scientists at Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center in Philadelphia have made an extraordinary advance in the understanding of the function of a gene previously shown to be part of an 11-gene “signature” that can predict which tumors will be aggressive and likely to spread. The gene, USP22, encodes an enzyme that appears to be crucial for …