Research

Leading the Gene Team

Leading the Gene Team

Posted by  | precision medicine, Research, treatment

New faculty member directs tumor board that matches drugs with patients’ genetic targets At its core, precision medicine’s focus on finding the right treatment for the right patient at the right time is about harnessing the power of each individual’s tumor genetic information. The unique anomalies buried in each patient’s tumor are particularly important in(...)

Giving Patients Better Results With Fewer Treatments

Giving Patients Better Results With Fewer Treatments

Posted by  | precision medicine, Research, Survivorship, treatment

As our knowledge of breast cancer has grown, so have the number of therapy modalities and protocols used to treat this disease, from combinations of chemotherapy to targeted treatments that attack malignant cells carrying specific genetic variations. Overall, these developments have been positive, offering patients more and better options to fight their cancers, says breast(...)

Helping Patients Stay on Hormone-Blockers? There’s an App for That

Helping Patients Stay on Hormone-Blockers? There’s an App for That

Posted by  | precision medicine, Research, Survivorship, treatment

Of the more than 300,000 cases of breast cancer diagnosed in the U.S. every year, about two-thirds are hormone receptor-positive, meaning a patient’s cancer is fueled by estrogen. That’s made hormone-blocking drugs a powerful weapon against this disease. However, explains breast cancer expert Karen Smith, M.D., these drugs can have significant side effects—some so uncomfortable(...)

Helping Breast Cancer Survivors Reach Their Weight-Loss Goals

Helping Breast Cancer Survivors Reach Their Weight-Loss Goals

Posted by  | Issues & Perspectives, precision medicine, Prevention/Screening, Research, Survivorship

Numerous studies have shown that even a modest amount of weight loss can improve a variety of health-related metrics and quality of life for those who are overweight or obese. Attaining a healthy weight is important for breast cancer survivors, says new Kimmel Cancer Center breast cancer expert Jennifer Sheng, M.D. Studies have shown that(...)

A Model for Breast Cancer Care and Wellness

A Model for Breast Cancer Care and Wellness

Posted by  | precision medicine, Research, treatment

New Clinical Director for Under Armour Breast Health Innovation Center is working to make care more efficient for patients Early in Mary Wilkinson’s training, she was drawn to medical oncology because of the special relationships doctors in this specialty have with patients. Instead of patients passing quickly through her care, she formed long-term relationships with(...)

Swim Across America Celebrates 10 Years in the Baltimore Area

Swim Across America Celebrates 10 Years in the Baltimore Area

Posted by  | Giving Back, Research

Celebrating a decade of support for groundbreaking cancer research, Swim Across America-Baltimore brings together swimmers of all ages and skill levels, including Olympians, with grassroots fundraising. Making a splash in Maryland 10 years ago, the organization has donated $3.4 million to the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center for clinical trials in immunotherapy, genomic-based testing(...)

Platz Named Editor-in-Chief of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention

Platz Named Editor-in-Chief of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention

Posted by  | Issues & Perspectives, Research

A national publication on cancer causes, prevention, detection and survivorship will have a Johns Hopkins cancer epidemiologist at the helm for 2019. Elizabeth Platz, M.P.H., Sc.D, is the co-leader for cancer prevention and control at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. She was named as editor-in-chief of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention (CEBP), one of(...)

Pancreatic Cancer Matters: Right Treatment at the Right Time

Pancreatic Cancer Matters: Right Treatment at the Right Time

Posted by  | Issues & Perspectives, pancreatic cancer, precision medicine, Research, treatment

Our collaborative team of scientists, physicians and allied health workers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center specialize in translating science learned in the laboratory into exceptional clinical care. The Skip Viragh Center for Pancreas Cancer Clinical Research and Patient Care is a world leader in the diagnosis and management of pancreatic cancer, leading all(...)

The Future of Pancreatic Cancer Treatments

The Future of Pancreatic Cancer Treatments

Posted by  | Issues & Perspectives, pancreatic cancer, Prevention/Screening, Research, treatment

Just eight percent of people with pancreatic cancer live for five years after their diagnosis. Why is this cancer so deadly and where are advances in treatment headed? Elizabeth Jaffee, M.D., deputy director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, describes explains in a 2018 interview on WYPR. http://www.wypr.org/post/why-pancreatic-cancer-so-deadly