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20
Sep

Tissue around tumor holds key to fighting triple negative breast cancer

A natural substance found in the surrounding tissue of a tumor may be a promising weapon to stop triple negative breast cancer from metastasizing. A preclinical study published in PLOS ONE September 19 by Thomas Jefferson University researchers found that decorin, a well-studied protein known to help halt tumor growth, induces a series of tumor …

5
Sep

Voichita Bar-Ad, M.D., Named Residency Program Director in Jefferson’s Radiation Oncology Department

Voichita Bar-Ad, M.D., an associate professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center, has been named Residency Program Director. Dr. Bar-Ad is a board-certified radiation oncologist who treats primarily head and neck and gastrointestinal cancer cases. Her research focuses on treatment-related side effects and toxicities, patient quality …

1
Aug

Nicole Simone, M.D., Receives ASTRO Research Award

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has awarded five physicians with research grants to promote the continued advancement of radiation therapy. One of this year’s recipient for the Junior Faculty Career Research Training Award is Nicole L. Simone, M.D., of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. The Junior Faculty Award …

26
Jul

Breast Cancer Patients Who Lack RB Gene Respond Better to Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy

Breast cancer patients whose tumors lacked the retinoblastoma tumor suppressor gene (RB) had an improved pathological response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy, researchers at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson report in a retrospective study published in a recent online issue of Clinical Cancer Research. Many breast cancer patients undergo neoadjuvant therapy …

14
Jun

How Aging Normal Cells Fuel Tumor Growth and Metastasis

It has long been known that cancer is a disease of aging, but a molecular link between the two has remained elusive. Now, researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson (KCC) have shown that senescence (aging cells which lose their ability to divide) and autophagy (self-eating or self-cannibalism) in the surrounding normal cells of …

14
Jun

Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Hosts a Patient Symposium Focusing on Melanoma of the Eye

The Kimmel Cancer Center will host the inaugural “Eyes on a Cure: Patient and Caregiver Symposium”  on June 16 and 17. The symposium will bring uveal melanoma patients, caregivers, and researchers from around the world together to offer educational sessions, support groups led by oncology social workers, sessions on complementary therapies, as well as informal …

7
Jun

HIV drug may slow down metastatic breast cancer

The HIV drugs known as CCR5 antagonists may also help prevent aggressive breast cancers from metastasizing, researchers from the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson suggest in a preclinical study published in a recent issue of Cancer Research. Such drugs target the HIV receptor CCR5, which the virus uses to enter and infect host cells, and …

23
May

Data Continues to Support Provenge’s Overall Survival Benefit in Prostate Cancer Patients

This article was adapted from an OncLive story posted on May 21, 2012. Leonard G. Gomella, M.D, chair of the Department of Urology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and director of Clinical Affairs, Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center, was part of the team to present new findings from the IMPACT trial looking at the immunotherapy sipuleucel-T …

22
May

Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center to Host Tribute Dinner Honoring Steve Sabol, President of NFL Films

Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center will host a tribute dinner to honor legendary filmmaker Steve Sabol, President of NFL Films, with the Spirit of Courage Award at the Union League of Philadelphia on June 5. The award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated great personal courage, strength and dignity while battling cancer and supporting …

16
May

Jefferson Receives $2.6 Million NIH Grant to Study Imaging Method to Stage Prostate Cancer Without Biopsy

Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center and the Department of Radiology at Thomas Jefferson University received a five-year, $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate a potentially revolutionary method that can stage prostate cancers and detect recurrent disease so accurately, it would significantly reduce the number of confirmation biopsies. Such biopsies can …

10
May

A Closer Look at PARP-1 Reveals Potential New Drug Targets

A new study published in Science May 11 is shedding light on the molecular details of PARP-1, a DNA damage-detecting enzyme that when inhibited has been shown to be effective in fighting cancer and other diseases. The investigation led by John M. Pascal, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology …

26
Apr

Scott Waldman Awarded CURE Grant to Move Colon Cancer Test Closer to Commercialization

Scott Waldman, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at Thomas Jefferson University, has been awarded a Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement (CURE) grant for almost $750,000 to help advance a molecular diagnostic test for colon cancer into commercialization. Such a test would better detect recurrence in a group of colon cancer …

25
Apr

You Can Help Save PA Research Funding

For more than a decade, Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement Program (CURE) has supported a broad range of biomedical research at 39 institutions across Pennsylvania. These funds have led to research advances in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, infectious diseases, and other health areas and improvements in public health. In his budget for fiscal year 2013, …

19
Apr

Dawn Scardino named 2012 LLS Woman of the Year

Dawn Scardino, Coordinator of Academic Services in the Department of Medical Oncology, was named the 2012 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year for the eastern Pennsylvania Chapter. Dawn took the top recognition for raising almost $27,000 in a 10-week fundraising “race” that began on Jan. 30 and ended on April 12.  Four women …

12
Apr

Leading the Way to a Cure

It is estimated that more than 70,000 new cases of bladder cancer were diagnosed in 2011, making it the fifth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S. Please join Team Jefferson and Dr. Jean Hoffman-Censits of the Department of Medical Oncology, Solid Tumor Division and the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson in raising awareness of …

5
Apr

Edith Mitchell, M.D., FACP, Named 2012 Recipient of ASCO Humanitarian Award

Edith  Mitchell, M.D., FACP, a medical oncologist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center (KCC) and Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology in the Department of Medical Oncology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, has been named the 2012 recipient of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Humanitarian …

5
Apr

Ovarian, Glioblastoma & Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: Jefferson Researchers Present at AACR

Several researchers from Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center presented abstracts at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2012 in Chicago. Some of those findings include: HuR and Ovarian Cancer Silencing HuR may be a promising therapeutic approach for the treatment of ovarian cancer, according to an abstract presented at AACR by researchers from Thomas …

3
Apr

AACR: New Biomarker to Identify Hepatitis B-Infected Patients at Risk for Liver Cancer

CHICAGO— Hepatitis B-infected patients with significantly longer telomeres—the caps on the end of chromosomes that protect our genetic data— were found to have an increased risk of getting liver cancer compared to those with shorter ones, according to findings presented by researchers at Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) …

3
Apr

AACR: Eliminating the ‘Good Cholesterol’ Receptor May Fight Breast Cancer

CHICAGO— Removing a lipoprotein receptor known as SR-BI may help protect against breast cancer, as suggested by new findings presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2012 by Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center researchers. In vitro and mouse studies revealed that depletion of the SR-BI resulted in a decrease in breast cancer cell …

29
Mar

Dr. Leonard Gomella, Program Director for IPCC in New York

Leonard G. Gomella, M.D., FACS, Chair of Urology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Director of Clinical Affairs at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, will serve as the Program Director for the Fifth Annual Interdisciplinary Prostate Cancer Congress (IPCC) at the New York Marriott East Side in New York City on March 31. This …

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