Bench to Bedside: How to Fast Track Targeted Cancer Drugs with Radiation into the Clinic

Researchers from the translational research program of the National Cancer Institute and the Radiation Therapy Oncology Therapy Group have developed new guidelines to help fast track the clinical development of targeted cancer drugs in combination with radiation therapy. The suggested strategic guidelines, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in a recent commentary …


Biomarker Links Clinical Outcome with New Model of Lethal Tumor Metabolism

Researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson have demonstrated for the first time that the metabolic biomarker MCT4 directly links clinical outcomes with a new model of tumor metabolism that has patients “feeding” their cancer cells.  Their findings were published online March 15 in Cell Cycle. To validate the prognostic value of the biomarker, …


A New Battlefront: Symposium at Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center to Tackle Geriatric Oncology

Approaches to treating elderly cancer patients are evolving as more of the population ages and the need for specialized care becomes more evident. To address these issues and others, national thought leaders in geriatric oncology will gather at a unique symposium at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson (KCC) in Philadelphia on Friday, March 9, …


Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center Establishes Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities

PHILADELPHIA—In an effort to reduce and eventually eliminate cancer disparities among adults in the Philadelphia region, the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson has established the Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities. Edith P. Mitchell, M.D., FACP, a medical oncologist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology in the Department of …


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 …


Half-Match Bone Marrow Transplant Procedure Yields Promising Outcomes for Cancer Patients

Half-matched bone marrow or stem cell transplants for blood cancer patients have typically been associated with disappointing clinical outcomes. However, a clinical trial conducted at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson testing its unique, two-step half-match procedure has produced some promising results: the probability of overall survival was 45 percent in all patients after three years …


Edith Mitchell Talks to WHYY Radio about African American Doctors in Medicine

Jefferson medical oncologist Edith Mitchell, M.D., FACP, works on diversity efforts as associate director of Diversity Services for the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson. In a recent WHYY Radio interview, Dr. Mitchell shares some of her experiences with African American patients and gives her perspective on race and medicine today. She believes that listening to patients …


Director of KCC, Dr. Richard Pestell, in July issue of Runner’s World

Dr. Richard Pestell, director of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson and former national-class distance runner, was featured in the July issue of Runner’s World. Dr. Pestell spoke with the magazine for the cover story titled “Outrunning Cancer”–which focused on the running community’s ability to raise million of dollars each year to fight cancer. “When …


KCC Research: Cancer Cells Accelerate Aging & Inflammation in Body to Drive Tumor Growth

Researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson have shed new light on the longstanding conundrum about what makes a tumor grow—and how to make it stop.  Interestingly, cancer cells accelerate the aging of nearby connective tissue cells to cause inflammation, which ultimately provides “fuel” for the tumor to grow and even metastasize. This revealing …


Highlights from KCC American Cancer Society Research Symposium

The Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson hosted the 3rd Annual American Cancer Society Research Symposium: Celebrating the ACS Institutional Research Grant at KCC on May 6, 2011. Dr. Nevalainen welcomed members of the KCC and TJU community and the American Cancer Society. Richard Pestell, MD, PhD gave the Keynote Address, “Cancer Invasion and Metastasis and …


KCC American Cancer Society Research Symposium

The 3rd Annual Kimmel Cancer Center American Cancer Society Research Symposium will be held today at 2 p.m. in 101 BLSB. KCC Director Richard Pestell, M.D, Ph.D, will present the keynote address and 2010 American Cancer Society-Institutional Research Grant Award recipients. Amy Leader, DrPH, MPH, and Hushan Yang, Ph.D, will discuss their research. A reception …


KCC Team to Walk for Bladder Cancer

It is estimated that more than 70,000 new cases of bladder cancer were diagnosed in 2010, making it the 5th most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S. Please join Dr. Jean Hoffman-Censits, of the Department of Medical Oncology, Solid Tumor Division, and the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Team in raising awareness of the disease …


Dr. Edith Mitchell attends National Summit on Health Disparities, Hon. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Harry Reid honored

Edith Mitchell, M.D., clinical professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, attended the 8th Annual National Summit on Health Disparities Meeting & Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C., on April 11 and 12. The summit, organized by The National Minority Quality Forum and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, in …


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 …


Dr. Leonard Gomella co-chairs ASCO GU in Orlando

Dr. Leonard G. Gomella, chair of the Department of Urology and director of Clinical Affairs at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, co-chaired the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2011 Genitourinary (GU) Cancers Symposium meeting in Orlando on Feb. 17 though Feb. 19. The “2011 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium: An Evidence-based Multidisciplinary Approach,” was a …