Their study, the first to uncover a new role for this powerful gene, may lead to clinical “barcoding” of a patient’s prostate cancer to help direct therapy
(PHILADELPHIA) – The retinoblastoma tumor suppressor gene (Rb), long thought to protect cells against cancer development, appears to play a very different role in prostate cancer, say scientists at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University. As reported today, disruption of this gene now appears to be a major factor contributing to therapeutic failure.
Drs. Joseph A. Sparano, Lawrence J Solin, Juan A. Palazzo, Lajos Puztai, Jorge Reis-Filho, Andrew D. Seidman, Harry Bartelink, Roland Holland, Ian S. Fentiman, Emiel J.T. Rutgers, Shahla Masood, Peter J. Pressman, Blake Cady, Gordon F. Schwartz, Beryl McCormick, Harold J. Burstein, Luigi Cataliotti, Kevin Hughes
On Friday, October 22 through Sunday, October 24, 2010, Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center co-sponsored with the Breast Health International a Breast Cancer Consensus Conference. The conference brought leading breast cancer experts from around the world together to discuss Adjuvant Therapy in Stage I carcinoma of the breast: the influence of multigene analyses and molecular phenotyping.
The Ladies of Port Richmond presented the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson with a check for $40,000. This is the sixth year in a row that the Ladies of Port Richmond have support breast cancer research at the Kimmel Cancer Center. The Ladies of Port Richmond work diligently to raise this money and a plaque was placed in their honor on the first floor of the Bluemle Life Science Building to recognize their efforts.
Dr. and Mrs. Rodwige Desnoyers, Dr. Michael Ramirez, Dr. Rani Anne, Ms. Nora Homsi, Mr. Tim Pestell, Dr. & Mrs. Richard Pestell Mr. Joseph (Joh) Rosamilia(seated) and Dr. Sun Yong Lee (seated).
Breast Health International, a division of the Foundation for Breast & Prostate Health held it’s annual Black Tie Gala honoring Neiman Marcus and benefiting breast cancer research and development. The event was held on Friday, October 29. 2010 at the Rittenhouse Hotel in Downtown Philadelphia. Music was provided by the Eddie Bruce Band. A silent auction was held.
CKC United (Cool Kidz Club) began as a group of like-minded individuals and friends who met from within the jamtronica music scene. The group decided that they wanted to give something back to the community and realized this dream could become a reality. CKC United presented Dr. Richard Pestell, Director of Kimmel Cancer Center with a check for $10,000 for the Quality of Life Fund. This fund helps our cancer patients with financial needs to ensure that their course of treatment is not interrupted.
The American Cancer Society has awarded a three year Institutional Research Grant to Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Richard Pestell, PI and Dr. Marja Nevalainen, co-PI. This grant will allow the annual award of pilot project grants to beginning investigators who have no national peer-reviewed research grant support. These small grants will support beginning investigators in initiating cancer research projects that can generate preliminary results enabling them to compete successfully for national research grants in all areas of cancer research. Beginning cancer investigators (within 6 years of initial appointment) at Thomas Jefferson University, The Helen F. Graham Cancer Center/Christiana Care Health System, The Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, The Nemours Center for Childhood Cancer Research, and the University of Delaware will be eligible to apply.
Dr. Barry Marshall, winner of the 2005 Noble Prize for Medicine, accepted an Adjunct Professorship in the Department of Cancer Biology and the Kimmel Cancer Center of Thomas Jefferson University in November of 2009. Read more…
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.
Dr. Richard Pestell, Director of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, will receive the “Light of Life” award at the 2010 Susan G. Komen Pink Tie Ball on Saturday, October 16. Also that evening the “Beacon of Hope” award to the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital will be accepted by Thomas J. Lewis, President and CEO, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. For more information about the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Philadelphia Pink Tie Ball – please see web page or pdf file.
The national nonprofit CancerCare presented its Physician of the Year Awards to two nationally recognized leaders in oncology and cancer patient care during its annual “Tribute to Our Friends” awards ceremony, held on September 30 at CancerCare’s national office in New York City.
On of the “Physician of the Year Awards” was presented top Dr. Edith P. Mitchell, MD, FACP, Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Dr. Mitchell specializes in gastrointestinal malignancies and was honored for her long-time participation in CancerCare’s free Connect® Education Workshops, which provide thousands of cancer patients, caregivers and health care professionals with the latest news in cancer research and treatment from the nation’s leading experts.
Dr. Hope S. Rugo, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine and Director of Breast Oncology Clinical Trials Program at the University of California Comprehensive Cancer Center in San Francisco was also honored with the Physician of the Year Award.
Four key studies now propose a new theory about how cancer cells grow and survive, allowing researchers to design better diagnostics and therapies to target high-risk cancer patients. These studies were conducted by a large team of researchers at Thomas Jefferson University’s Kimmel Cancer Center. Read more…
Fleming's Steakhouse -- one of the fine sponsors of this event.
The Ramblewood Country Club in Mount Laurel, NJ hosted John Runyan’s 2010 “Score For The Cure” Golf Tournament on September 21st 2010. The proceeds benefited the Kimmel Cancer Center of Jefferson. Dietz & Watson was the Title Sponsor of the event. This marks the 6th year of the event which has raised nearly $1,000,000 in the fight against prostate cancer.
Mark Weiss, M.D., has been appointed Director of the Hematologic Malignancies and Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Division in the Department of Medical Oncology. He is an internationally respected and renowned expert in the field of hematologic malignancies, particularly CLL and ALL. Dr. Weiss brings more than 20 years of clinical and investigational experience with him to Jefferson. Read more…
At the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, our Senior Adult Oncology Center has been established with a multidisciplinary team of professionals, including geriatricians (physicians who specialize in treating the elderly), medical, surgical and radiation oncologists, nurses, dieticians, pharmacists, social workers and others to work with older adults and their treating oncologists. For more information please see the TJUH page.
In an effort to raise funds and awareness for the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Hospital, “Fight For Cure” is pleased to present the First Annual, “Ribbon Ball” on Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 9pm-12am at The Loews Philadelphia Hotel, which is located at 1200 Market St. Philadelphia, PA 19107. Two-Time Emmy Award Winner & Host of FOX 29’s, “Good Day Philadelphia,” Mike Jerrick will help lead the event, as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, while participating sponsors will include: Pravda Vodka, Q 102, DiningOut Magazine, philly2night, Barefoot Winery, Skinny Water, Anheuser-Busch, HeyPhilly.com, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Elite Island Resorts, Fairmount Running Club, Rittenhouse Women’s Wellness, UpcomingEvents.com, Level 1 Fitness, Mitchell and Ness, Aroundphilly.com, Fiji Water and Go Festive.
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On September 29, 2010 there will be a celebration to mark the 15th anniversary of the first transplant performed by the Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Under the leadership of Dr. Neal Flomenberg, who established the BMT program at Jefferson in 1995, there have been approximately 650 transplants performed to date. Read more…
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.
The U.S.News & World Report this year also named Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals as among the best in the nation in seven other specialties – orthopaedic surgery; rehabilitation medicine.; ear, nose & throat; gastroenterology; geriatrics; gynecology; and pulmonology.
The Ramblewood Country Club in Mount Laurel, NJ will host John Runyan’s 2010 “Score For The Cure” Golf Tournament on September 21st 2010. The proceeds will benefit the Kimmel Cancer Center of Jefferson. Dietz & Watson is the Title Sponsor of the event. This 2010 event will mark the 6th year of the event which has raised nearly $1,000,000 in the fight against prostate cancer. For more details please download the pamphlet . To register via e-mail please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org
For directions and other general course info, please see Ramblewood Golf Course’s web page at http://www.ramblewoodcc.com/ .
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