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22
May

Understanding Genetic Test Results for Prostate Cancer: Needs for Men Identified

Some prostate cancer patients will need help understanding the complexity of genetic results, a new study finds. As genetic testing for various diseases gains in popularity, researchers are finding that there can be confusion about what the test results really mean, how much they increase a person’s risk of disease, and whether there’s any important …

6
Mar

Kevin Kelly, DO, Receives “Director’s Award for Impact” at Member Retreat

Congratulations to Wm. Kevin Kelly, DO, Professor of Medical Oncology and Director of the Division of Solid Tumor Oncology, for receiving the “Director’s Award for Impact” at the recent Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health (SKCC) Member Retreat, held at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Kelly, who is also the leader of the Prostate Cancer …

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, …

19
Oct

Knudsen and Kelly Receive NCI Funding

Two Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center investigators, Karen Knudsen, PhD, and Wm. Kevin Kelly, DO, have been awarded a new R01 grant from the National Cancer Institute to develop more effective therapeutic strategies for advanced prostate cancer. The project builds on previous discoveries from these investigators that identified specific cell cycle alterations in metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer and …

13
Oct

Ayesha Shafi receives PCF Young Investigator Award

Ayesha Shafi, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Director Dr. Karen Knudsen, has been awarded a prestigious Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) Young Investigator Award. Shafi is conducting research on the role of the androgen receptor and the DNA repair factor DNA-dependent protein kinase in prostate cancer. Her studies are …

5
May

Getting Personal about Inherited Risk for Prostate Cancer

A new study published in JCO Precision Oncology by lead investigator Veda N. Giri, MD, at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson takes an important step in deciphering the genetic landscape contributing to inherited prostate cancer. Genetic Evaluation of Men (GEM) is a study focused on uncovering the genetic contribution to inherited prostate cancer. …

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 …

29
Oct

Dr. Robert Den featured in ASCO Post

For men with prostate cancer who have had a prostatectomy and salvage radiation therapy, analyzing their tumor genome provides clues as to whether their cancer will metastasize, thereby enabling clinicians to better personalize treatment options, according to research presented by Robert Den, MD.  ASTRO 2015: Genomic Classifier Appears to Predict Metastasis in Patients With Prostate …

23
Aug

KCC Ranked as One of Best Cancer Hospitals in US

Men’s Health magazine recently ranked the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson among the best in the nation, calling out its success in treating prostate cancer, a leading cancer in men. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be more than 1.5 million new cancer diagnoses in 2013. Jefferson scientist, Matthew Schiewer, Ph.D., recently received the Prostate Cancer Benjamin …

31
May

ASCO: Liver Metastases and its Prognostic Significance in Men With Metastatic Castration-Refractory Prostate Cancer

Liver metastases predicts shorter overall survival in men with metastatic castration-refractory prostate cancer (mCRPC), according to data being presented at the 2012 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting in Chicago. (Abstract # 4655, Sunday, June 3, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST, S Hall A2). In a phase III trial, lead study author William …

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 …

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 …

13
Feb

Curry spice component may help slow prostate tumor growth

Curcumin, an active component of the Indian curry spice turmeric, may help slow down tumor growth in castration-resistant prostate cancer patients on androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), a study from researchers at Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center suggests. Reporting in a recent issue of Cancer Research, Karen Knudsen, Ph.D., a Professor of Cancer Biology, Urology and Radiation …

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 …

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 …

29
Aug

Robert B. Den, M.D., Joins the Department of Radiation Oncology at Jefferson

Radiation oncologist Robert B. Den, M.D., recently joined Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as an attending physician, and was also named an assistant professor at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in the Department of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Den is a clinical scientist who specializes in the treatment of prostate cancer, combining his laboratory research …

5
Jul

Radiation after prostate removal is cost-effective, but less likely to be recommended by urologists

Receiving radiation therapy immediately after a radical prostatectomy is a cost-effective treatment for prostate cancer patients when compared with waiting and acting on elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels, according to a new study by researchers at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital. What’s more, a separate, but related study, found that urologists were less likely than …

21
Feb

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 …

13
Aug

Free Prostate Cancer Screenings

The Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson and Prostate Health International’s Gary Papa Run are offering free prostate screenings as part of a research program. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men. Screening is important because prostate cancer shows no symptoms in its earliest stages.