27
Jan

‘A Welcome New Addition’ to Field: Dr. Juan Palazzo Authors Breast Pathology Book

Juan P. Palazzo, M.D., an anatomic/surgical pathologist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the Jefferson Breast Care Center, has authored a book that tackles the hard cases in breast disease pathology faced by many clinicians in the healthcare world today. According to Amazon, Difficult Diagnoses in Breast Pathology (Demos Medical) provides a highly visual presentation …

26
Jan

Brachytherapy reduced death rates in high-risk prostate cancer patients, study finds

Brachytherapy for high-risk prostate cancers patients has historically been considered a less effective modality, but a new study from radiation oncologists at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson suggests otherwise. A population-based analysis looking at almost 13,000 cases revealed that men who received brachytherapy alone or in combination with external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) had …

18
Jan

High Dose Vitamin C for Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

By Josh Goldstein, The Daily Dose @Jefferson A small phase I clinical trial at Jefferson University Hospitals of high-dose, intravenous vitamin C in combination with chemotherapy medications show that this treatment is safe and may have promise for patients with advanced pancreatic cancer. The study published in the open access online journal PLoS ONE tested …

16
Jan

New Clinical Trial: Cabazitaxel with Radiation and Hormone Therapy May Improve Prostate Cancer Survival

Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center has started a Phase I clinical trial investigating the latest prostate cancer chemotherapy drug to extend survival, Cabazitaxel, in combination with radiation and hormone therapy. This first-of-its-kind multimodality approach could improve disease control and eventually survival for locally advanced prostate cancer patients. The single-center, open-label, non-randomized Phase I study of weekly Cabazitaxel …

12
Jan

KCC’s Brain Tumor Center’s New Immunotherapy Clinical Trial Featured in Several News Outlets

Led by Dr. David Andrews, co-director of the Brain Tumor Center of the Kimmel Cancer Center, a new immunotherapy clinical trial at Jefferson will harvest cells from brain tumors for use in treatment. In an interview with KYW Newsradio, Dr. Andrews explains that the first step of the trial will be a surgical procedure to take cells from the brain tumor. He …

12
Jan

Dr. Gomella Talks To 6 ABC About New Light Cystscopy To Better Detect Bladder Cancer

Each year, approximately 70,000 Americans are diagnosed with bladder cancer. In the past, detecting tumors on the bladder wall has been a challenge but a new procedure at Jefferson, blue light cystoscopy, allows doctors to better see where the tumors are located. In an interview with 6 ABC, Dr. Leonard Gomella, chair of Jefferson’s Department …

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 …

15
Dec

Russell J. Schilder, M.D., Joins Jefferson as Director of Gynecologic Medical Oncology

PHILADELPHIA—Russell J. Schilder, M.D., recently joined Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as Director of the Gynecologic Medical Oncology Program at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson. Prior to his arrival at Jefferson, Dr. Schilder served as a professor in the Department of Medical Oncology and Chief of Gynecologic Medical Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center. “It’s …

13
Dec

Loss of RB in Triple Negative Breast Cancer Associated with Favorable Clinical Outcome

Researchers at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson have shown that loss of the retinoblastoma tumor suppressor gene (RB) in triple negative breast cancer patients is associated with better clinical outcomes. This is a new marker to identify the subset of these patients who may respond positively to chemotherapy. Today, …

12
Dec

Dr. Bo Lu to Lead the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group’s Lung Cancer Translational Research Program

The Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) announced that Bo Lu, M.D., Ph.D., of Thomas Jefferson University and the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, has been appointed chair of the group’s Translational Research Program (TRP) Committee’s Lung Cancer Subcommittee. The RTOG TRP Committee supports the integration of new scientific discoveries into the design of multi-center clinical …

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 …

8
Dec

Dr. Iozzo’s Work Chosen as Editor’s Choice in Science

A recent Science Signaling article (Science Signaling) (Pubmed Abstract), co-Senior Authored by Dr. Renato Iozzo, entitled “Signaling by the Matrix Proteoglycan Decorin Controls Inflammation and Cancer Through PDCD4 and MicroRNA-21″, was selected in the November 21st issue of Science Magazine as the Editor’s Choice (more info) in the Cell Signalling Category. Dr. Renato Iozzo is …

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 …

9
Nov

ACS-IRG Pilot Projects Awarded for 2011

The Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson hosted the Annual ACS-IRG Luncheon on October 20. The 2011 Pilot Project recipients are Takemi Tanaka, PhD. of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Benjamin Leiby, PhD from the department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics, Timothy Showalter, MD, department of Radiation Oncology, Ayush Dagvadorj, MD, PhD, and A. Kathleen McClendon, …

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 …

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