A Look Inside the Kimmel Cancer Center’s Cancer Medicine Cabinet

A Look Inside the Kimmel Cancer Center’s Cancer Medicine Cabinet

Posted by  | Issues & Perspectives, Patient Stories, Prevention/Screening, Research, treatment

Read the latest issue of Promise & Progress featuring research advances in cancer drug discovery and development, promising new cancer drugs, patient stories and more. From scientific meetings to our own dinner tables, conversations about better treatments for cancer are among the most frequently discussed health care topics. Everyone wants them—the doctors and scientists who(...)

Starting a Conversation about Advance Directives

Starting a Conversation about Advance Directives

Posted by  | caregiving

Bright and early at 6 am on April 16th, Harry J. Duffey Family Patient and Family Services staff members greeted patients clad in t-shirts encouraging them to learn about advance directives. The effort was part of the National Healthcare Decisions Day “Start a Conversation Project” and is aimed at helping people understand advance directives and(...)

Jaffee to Lead AACR; Conference Focuses on Innovative Cancer Science

Jaffee to Lead AACR; Conference Focuses on Innovative Cancer Science

Posted by  | Research

Driving innovative cancer science to patient care is the theme for this year’s American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting in Chicago. As more progress against cancer emerges from various areas of study, scientists are bringing different tools and skills together to help diagnose cancer at an earlier stage, increasing the chances of effective treatment(...)

Remembering Dr. Richard Humphrey, Multiple Myeloma Pioneer

Remembering Dr. Richard Humphrey, Multiple Myeloma Pioneer

Posted by  | Research, Uncategorized

Richard Humphrey, a multiple myeloma pioneer who was among our founding Cancer Center faculty members and former director of its diagnostic immunology laboratory, died on March 27, 2018. Dr. Humphrey reflected on the early years of the “Oncology Center” on its 25th anniversary: “Mighty oaks from tiny acorns grow. Who would have predicted that such(...)

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(...)