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14
Dec

New Recommendations Provide Guidance on Genetic Counseling & Testing for Hereditary Prostate Cancer

To date, there have been few recommendations to guide physicians about when to offer men genetic consultation for prostate cancer risk. Now, an international and interspecialty panel of experts convened at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) at Jefferson have developed a comprehensive set of recommendations. This consensus statement, published December 13th in the Journal …

5
Dec

Researchers Find Breakthroughs in Understanding Genetic Basis of Aggressive Prostate Cancer

The retinoblastoma (RB) susceptibility gene was the first gatekeeper gene discovered for cancer. When it was removed or damaged, cancer thrived. Over the years, researchers have discovered methods that have allowed them to experimentally remove the RB gene in order to study it, but just how the gene’s loss made cancers more aggressive was poorly understood. By studying patient samples, …

20
Nov

CyberKnife Provides Long-term Disease Control for Prostate Cancer Patients

Jefferson now offers treatment with the CyberKnife® System, a noninvasive alternative to surgery for treating cancerous and noncancerous tumors, which has been shown to provide excellent long-term results for patients with low-and intermediate-risk prostate cancer. According to a recent national 17-center study, after 10 years 98.4 percent of the 230 men monitored with low-risk prostate cancer who were treated with the …

18
Aug

Colorectal Cancer Metastasis: A Game of Clones

Colorectal cancer is highly prevalent worldwide, and metastasis of colorectal cancer to distant sites accounts for ~90% of the mortality associated with this disease. Researchers at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson (SKCC), along with collaborators at several other institutions, tracked genomic changes that occur as colorectal tumors progress and metastasize to distant sites …

10
Aug

Cancer Immunotherapy Might Come with a Hidden Cost

Recent findings from investigators at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson raise potential concerns regarding adverse effects associated with a therapeutic approach that has revolutionized the field of cancer treatment — cancer immunotherapy. The findings were recently published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology + Biology + Physics. In immunotherapy, clinicians harness the power of …

4
Aug

Researchers Developing Strategy to Optimize Personalized Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer

New research from investigators at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson provides insight into a cellular mechanism underlying the ability of pancreatic cancer cells to resist a promising, personalized therapy. The study was recently published online in Cancer Research. The research team studied the role of an RNA-binding protein termed HuR in influencing the …

14
Jul

A Lifelong Dedication to Cancer

When Alison Petok was five years old, her Nana died of leukemia. “If she had been diagnosed a decade or two later, perhaps she would have survived due to the advances in blood cancer research,” Alison reflected. Years later in 2017, Alison was nominated as “Woman of the Year” by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society …

11
Jul

Understanding Chemotherapy Resistance in Pancreatic Cancer

A collaborative study involving Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson (SKCC) investigators, together with colleagues from the University of California at San Diego, has provided important insights into how pancreatic cancer cells are able to resist the effects of chemotherapeutic agents. The new study, published in Cancer Research, was led by senior author Jordan Winter, MD, FACS, Associate Professor of …

4
May

Kathleen O’Doherty Joins SKCC In Joint Navigator Position

We are excited to announce that Kathleen O’Doherty, RN, BSN, OCN, has joined us in the role of Nursing Care Coordinator: Oncology Outreach, a joint navigator position between Main Line Health Cancer Care and The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson. Kathleen will work closely with physicians and members of the multidisciplinary care teams at both institutions …

1
May

Dr. Veda Giri Featured on Congressional Directed Medical Research Programs Website

The research of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center investigator Veda Giri, MD, has been highlighted on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) website. Giri and her team received funding from the U.S. Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) to conduct studies on men at high risk for aggressive prostate cancer.  She and her …

5
Apr

Promising New Results in Lung Cancer Research

Investigators at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson have uncovered a new regulatory pathway with important implications for lung cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cause of all cancer-related deaths worldwide, with 85% of all cases consisting of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). A major obstacle to successfully treating NSCLC  is that many patients …

30
Mar

2017 Ocular Melanoma Foundation–AACR Fellowship Awarded to Vivian Chua

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson is pleased to announce that Vivian Chua, PhD, has been awarded a 2017 Ocular Melanoma Foundation–American Associate for Cancer Research (AACR) Fellowship for her project, “Novel Epigenetic Targeting Approaches in Uveal Melanoma.” This one-year, $50,000 grant recognizes the significant impact of Dr. Chua’s research, its relevance to the …

29
Mar

Christine Bonaccorso Named Administrative Director of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network

Please join us in congratulating Christine Bonaccorso, RN, BSN, OCN, on assuming the position of Administrative Director of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network. Over the past several months, Bonaccorso has proven to be an outstanding leader while serving as Interim Director, playing a critical role in several projects that have greatly enhanced the Cancer Network. …

24
Mar

Noelle Williams Inducted into Gold Humanism Honor Society

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson would like to congratulate Noelle L. Williams, MD, who has been selected for induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society Resident Chapter of Thomas Jefferson University. The Gold Humanism Honor Society recognizes students, residents, and faculty who are exemplars of compassionate patient care and who serve as role …

23
Mar

Ralph Zinner and Amy Leader Awarded ACT Research Grant from Free to Breathe

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson is pleased to announce that Ralph Zinner, MD, and Amy Leader, DrPH, MPH, are the winners of the second Accelerate Clinical Trials (ACT) Research Grant Award from Free to Breathe, an organization devoted to improving the treatment and survival of lung cancer patients.  The ACT grant is a funding …

21
Mar

Unite for HER Wellness Day – April 2, 2017

  The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson encourages Jefferson Hospital System breast cancer patients to participate in the upcoming “Unite for HER Wellness Day” event to be held on Sunday, April 2, 2017. This event will allow breast cancer patients to meet in a small group setting with trained professionals to learn about complementary …

15
Mar

RNA-Regulated Mechanism Validated as a Target in GI Tract Cancers

Investigators from the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson University, and Drexel University have uncovered a critical regulatory mechanism involved in pancreatic and colorectal cancer progression. The study results were recently published in Molecular Cancer Research. The researchers investigated the role of the RNA-binding protein HuR (also known as ELAVL1) in gastrointestinal (GI) …

17
Feb

Researchers Build Pan-Cancer Biomarker Tool to Categorize Multiple Cancer Types

Researchers at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson recently discovered that isomiRs (small non-coding RNA molecules produced in a cell) are powerful enough to accurately classify samples that can belong to 32 types of cancer. The research was published in the journal Nucleic Acids Research. Work in recent years has revealed that microRNAs (miRNAs), small …

17
Feb

Five Easy Ways to Lower Your Cancer Risk

February is National Cancer Prevention Month. Below are 5 easy ways to help reduce your risk of developing cancer, thanks to Amy Leader, PhD, and Charnita Zeigler-Johnson, PhD, both Assistant Professors in the Department of Medical Oncology.  1. Healthy diet It is well known that a poor diet can lead to being overweight or obese, which …

27
Jan

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Welcomes Pierluigi Porcu

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson is pleased to announce the appointment of Pierluigi Porcu, MD, as the new Director of the Hematologic Malignancies and Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Division in the Department of Medical Oncology, effective December 1, 2016. Dr. Porcu comes to Jefferson from The Ohio State University in Columbus, where he …

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