Category Skin Cancer


Immune Cell Delivers ‘Kiss of Death’ to Cancer

The immune system plays a major role in cancer, from seeking out and destroying cancer cells when they first form, to eventually being overcome and even co-opted to ignore or protect the tumor mass. Clinicians and researchers have been investigating how best to boost and re-activate the immune system’s natural ability to attack cancer.  Now …


Jefferson Post-Doc Receives National Cancer Center Fellowship

Edward Hartsough, Ph.D. received a post-doctoral fellowship from the National Cancer Center Organization ( ).  The fellowship grant is entitled “Next-Generation RAF Inhibitors in V600E BRAF Melanoma.”  Dr. Hartsough works in Dr. Andrew Aplin’s lab at the Kimmel Cancer Center. The National Cancer Center was founded by Dr. J. Ernest Ayre in 1953 as …


KCC To Host Melanoma Research Foundation Symposium

CURE OM has announced the inaugural Eyes on a Cure: Patient and Caregiver Symposium to be held on June 16th and 17th, 2012.  The meeting will be held one month after the first CURE OM Scientific Meeting (for physicians and researchers) with the goal of bringing the latest news from the ocular melanoma scientific community …


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 …


Melanoma Awereness Night At The Philles Organized By Kelly Kroll and the “Bonnie Kroll Melanoma Memorial Fund”

May is Melanoma Awareness Month. Kelly Kroll of Ambler PA has set up the “Bonnie Kroll Melanoma Memorial Fund” in honor of her mother who died in 2001 from uveal melanoma. The fund has raised over $150,000 to support research at the the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the Kimmel Cancer Center of Thomas Jefferson …


Dr. Sato Recieves Generous Gift For Uveal Melanoma Research

Benefactors Mark and Alison Weinzierl pose with Kimmel Cancer Center Director Dr. Richard G. Pestell (R) and Dr. Takami Sato (L), Professor of Medical Oncology and director of the Uveal Melanoma research program at the KCC.  The Weinzierls (from the Dallas, Texas, area) are providing $1 million in support of Dr. Sato’s work.


KCC Graduate Student Ethan Abel Receives Award From The Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation

Graduate student Ethan Abel has been awarded a Research Scholar Award from the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation. Twenty-four candidates were evaluated for the award. Ethan Abel, a graduate student working with Andrew Aplin, PhD, in the Kimmel Cancer Center, has received a $10,000 Research Scholar Award from the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation. The …


Melanoma Monday

May is Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention Month, so accordingly this coming Monday is "Melanoma Monday". Although having an unfortunate name, the topic it raises is no laughing matter as skin cancer is the most diagnosed cancer type with over 1 million new diagnosis in the United States each year and rising. So if you …


New Therapeutic Target for Melanoma Identified

A protein called Mcl-1 plays a critical role in melanoma cell resistance to a form of apoptosis called anoikis, according to research published this week in Molecular Cancer Research. The presence of Mcl-1 causes cell resistance to anoikis. This resistance to anoikis enables the melanoma cells to metastasize and survive at sites distant from the …