Early-Stage Prostate Cancer: To Treat or Not to Treat

Early-Stage Prostate Cancer: To Treat or Not to Treat

Posted by  | Prevention/Screening

Prostate cancer is a leading health problem for men. As strategies for prostate cancer screening and active surveillance are refined, men may benefit from early detection and cure of life-threatening prostate cancer but avoid overtreatment of the non-life-threatening variety. Read Kimmel Cancer Center director William Nelson’s editorial in Cancer Today, a publication of the American(...)

The Promise of Precision Medicine

The Promise of Precision Medicine

Posted by  | precision medicine, Research

All cancers are fundamentally disorders of acquired defects in genes. The genes serve as blueprints for all of the components of cells and tissues in the human body. In cancers, faulty blueprints lead to malfunctioning cells that grow uncontrollably, spread throughout the body and overwhelm normal organ functions to threaten life itself. Full realization of(...)

Cancer Research: Back to Basics

Cancer Research: Back to Basics

Posted by  | Research

Many types of cancer are caused by gene mutations acquired during a person’s lifetime. Systematic cataloging of these acquired gene defects has led to improved screening, detection, diagnosis, prevention and treatment.  A more deliberate investment in discovery research could reveal more opportunities for developing cancer treatment by making better sense of the acquired gene defects(...)

Palliative Care: Putting a Cloak on Cancer

Palliative Care: Putting a Cloak on Cancer

Posted by  | caregiving, palliative care, treatment

Palliative care addresses symptoms and distress accompanying serious illnesses. The field is emerging as a vital medical specialty in the multidisciplinary treatment of cancer. Better access to expert palliative care for all cancer patients must be a priority. Read Kimmel Cancer Center director William Nelson’s editorial in Cancer Today, a publication of the American Association(...)

2017 In Review: Remembering Two Cancer Pioneers

2017 In Review: Remembering Two Cancer Pioneers

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The Kimmel Cancer Center’s first director Albert Owens Jr., M.D., died on Jan. 13 at 90. He was a cancer pioneer who played a leadership role in developing oncology as a scientific discipline and clinical specialty—and who also served as president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Read the full story. Donald Coffey, Ph.D., a distinguished(...)