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 …

14
Oct

Ulrich Rodeck receives Ben Franklin-PCF Creativity Award

Ulrich Rodeck, M.D., Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Biology, at Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, received the Ben Franklin-Prostate Cancer Foundation Creativity award for his work in improving the therapeutic window of radiation therapy for prostate cancer. Radiation therapy of locally advanced prostate cancer is associated with severe toxicity …

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, …

10
Oct

Eagles-Jefferson Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign

The Philadelphia Eagles and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital are excited to announce they are teaming up in the 2011 season to promote Prostate Cancer Awareness. The two organizations have worked together since 2006 on the Tackling Breast Cancer initiative, and are launching the new prostate cancer campaign at the Eagles home-opener this Sunday against the …

4
Oct

Dr. Robert Den Featured in PCF Video

Radiation oncologist Robert B. Den, M.D., who recently joined Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as an attending physician, was featured in a Prostate Cancer Foundation video highlighting his prostate cancer research and clinical work, as well as the importance of providing support for young investigators. Dr. Den is a clinical scientist who specializes in the treatment …

4
Oct

Article By Dr. Nitin Ohri in Uro Today

Radiation Oncology’s Nitin Ohri, M.D., wrote a piece in Uro Today for its “Beyond the Abstract” section for a paper published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics titled “Physician beliefs and practices for adjuvant and salvage radiation therapy after prostatectomy.” In the study, researchers surveyed United States prostate cancer specialists to …

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 …

28
Sep

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians President, Professor John Kolbe Visits The KCC

Professor John Kolbe, MBBS, FRACP visited the Kimmel Cancer Center and Thomas Jefferson University on September 26, 2011. John Kolbe is a graduate of the University of Queensland.  After working in Adelaide, he completed his clinical training in Auckland and then undertook a research fellowship at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.  He is currently a respiratory physician at Auckland City Hospital and Professor of Medicine and Head of the Department of Medcine, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland. He is a past‐President of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand.  Previous positions in the College include Chair of Specialities Board, President of Adult Medicine Division and Chair of College Policy & Advocacy Committee. He is currently President of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

23
Sep

Kimmel Cancer Center “All Hands Meeting”

The Kimmel Cancer Center held it’s quarterly “All Hands” meeting on September 15, 2011. Dr. Richard Pestell, Director of the Kimmel Cancer Center, delivered his quarterly “State of the Cancer Center” address.  Awards were presented in three categories. The Administration Award was presented to Andrea M. Kahn-Kothmann, ESQ. The Nursing Award was presented to Mary …

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 …

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