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Anthony J. Olszanski, MD, RPh

Anthony Olszanski, MD

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

About

Associate Professor, Department of Hematology/Oncology

Vice Chair, Clinical Research, Department of Hematology/Oncology

Chief, Section of Solid Tumor Oncology

Co-Director, Melanoma and Skin Cancer Program

Director, Early Clinical Drug Development Phase 1 Program ​

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)

  • International Program Steering Committee
  • Melanoma Panel
  • NCCN ORP Investigator Steering Committee
  • Executive Editorial Board

Treatment Focus

Early Clinical Drug Development/Phase 1 Trials; Melanoma and skin cancer; Lung cancers; Gastrointestinal cancers

Research Program

Treatment Philosophy

I believe that the path towards treating any disease is best navigated by thoroughly understanding not only the disease, but also the patient. Good communication between a physician and a patient is especially critical in the treatment of cancer. Each patient has a right to be both respected and heard. In addition, relying on a team of experts to help manage the complexities of treating cancer is essential for success. As a physician, I strive to provide personalized and scientifically sound care to each of my patients.

My medical career started out as a pharmacist, specializing in oncology, where I prepared chemotherapy regimens and studied the effects the body has on drugs (pharmacokinetics).  When I went to medical school, it was for the sole purpose of eventually becoming an oncologist. During my hematology/oncology and clinical pharmacology fellowships, I spent a great deal of time in early clinical development, with a goal of finding new effective therapies for patients with cancer.  I honed my knowledge of drug discovery by spending five years in the pharmaceutical industry where I led multiple programs aimed at treating patients with cancers that didn’t respond to traditional chemotherapy. Today, my interests focus on early drug development for all types of cancers, and understanding how each medication may best be used. In addition I specifically focus on the treatment of lung cancer, skin cancers including melanoma, and gastrointestinal malignancies.

In many situations, the best medical care a patient with cancer can get is on a clinical trial. These clinical trials offer patients potentially promising new therapies and very close follow up supplied by a team of experts. Fox Chase Cancer Center, with its leading-edge technology and dedicated medical professionals, offers numerous clinical trials and is helping to advance the care of all patients with cancer.

The staff at Fox Chase Cancer Center continually impress me with their unified commitment towards reducing the burden of cancer. When you step through the doors at Fox Chase Cancer Center, it is obvious that focusing on the patient is the top priority. I am proud to be a member of the caring community at FCCC, where oncology research and science is tailored and personalized for each patient.

Education and Training

Educational Background

  • Fellow, Clinical Pharmacology/Toxicology, Oncology Phase I Program, Department of Medicine, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH 2002-2004
  • Fellow, Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, 1999-2002
  • Resident, Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, 1996-1999
  • Resident, Biostatistics, Center for Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH, 2003
  • MD, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ, 1996
  • BS, Pharmacy, University of Montana, Missoula, MT, 1990

Certifications

  • Board Certified in Medical Oncology
  • Board Certified in Clinical Pharmacology

Memberships

  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
    • International Program Steering Committee
    • Melanoma Panel
    • NCCN ORP Investigator Steering Committee
    • Executive Editorial Board
  • American Board of Clinical Pharmacology
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology

Honors & Awards

  • Robert L. Krigel Memorial Award: Excellence in Teaching and Clinical Oncology, 2014
Patient Stories

Tiffany Fagnani

Lung Cancer

Tiffany Fagnani

Lung Cancer

I am 40 years old and currently live in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Although I work as a case manager for an insurance company now, I was previously employed as a full-time nurse. I have always been a busy person with plenty on my plate, so when I started feeling tired and losing weight, I thought it was caused by the stress of my daily routine.

It wasn’t until July 2017 that I couldn’t ignore my symptoms any longer. When I developed a migraine and felt a tremor in my arm and eye, I knew I was about to lose consciousness. I immediately called 911.

James "Cy" Young

Melanoma

James "Cy" Young

Melanoma

Fox Chase saved my life, and they’ve given me many more years to live.

Ardelle Clarke

Neuroendocrine Tumors

Ardelle Clarke

Neuroendocrine Tumors

I plan on having a very, very long life. I’m 66 years old and I run a daycare in Havertown, Pennsylvania. Until I was diagnosed, I had no symptoms to speak of and had lived a healthy lifestyle. That’s why when doctors told me I had carcinoid tumors, I had trouble believing I was really sick.

Stephanie Heart

Melanoma

Stephanie Heart

Melanoma

It was malignant melanoma on my great left toe. I was terrified. Dr. Farma was gentle and kind about it and I was sobbing.

Joseph Daly

Brain & Spinal Tumors

Joseph Daly

Brain & Spinal Tumors

I’m an active guy. I like to fish, play golf, travel, dance, and go off-roading. When something goes wrong, rather than sitting around feeling bad, I do anything in my power to remedy the situation. In 2013, this philosophy was severely tested when I was diagnosed with a rare cancer.

Pages

Publications

Selected Publications

Wagner J, Kline CL, Zhou LL, Campbell KS, MacFarlane AW, Olszanski AJ, Cai KQ, Hensley HH, Ross EA, Ralff MD, Zloza A, Chesson CB, Newman JH, Kaufman H, Bertino J, Stein M, El-Deiry WS. Dose intensification of TRAIL-inducing ONC201 inhibits metastasis and promotes intratumoral NK cell recruitment. Journal of Clinical Investigation, 128(6):2325-38, 2018.  PubMed

Phase I study of the mTOR inhibitor ridaforolimus and the HDAC inhibitor vorinostat in advanced renal cell carcinoma and other solid tumors. Zibelman M, Wong YN, Devarajan K, Malizzia L, Corrigan A, et al. Investigational new drugs. 2015; 33(5):1040-7. PubMed

Phase I dose-escalation study of cabazitaxel administered in combination with gemcitabine in patients with metastatic or unresectable advanced solid malignancies. Rixe O, Puzanov I, LoRusso PM, Cohen RB, Morris JC, et al. Anti-cancer drugs. 2015; 26(7):785-92. PubMed

Principles of immunotherapy. Olszanski AJ. Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network : JNCCN. 2015; 13(5 Suppl):670-2. PubMed

Additional Publications

MyNCBI

Ratings

101 PATIENT SATISFACTION REVIEWS

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OVERALL RATING

4.9 / 5.0

RATINGS BREAKDOWN

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15 PATIENT COMMENTS

  • 5.0
    July 24, 2021
    Fox Chase and Dr.Olszanski are simply the best!
  • 5.0
    June 17, 2021
    Good doctor. Good hosp. for my needs - as of now 3 yrs. still living & well.
  • 5.0
    April 10, 2021
    The doctors team were caring, professional and understanding.
  • 5.0
    March 29, 2021
    Have always good experience with Dr. O & staff - Think he's a great dr.
  • 5.0
    February 25, 2021
    Good.
  • 5.0
    January 12, 2021
    Good.
  • 5.0
    January 07, 2021
    Couldn't find a better dr. in any way. His staff is also great.
  • 5.0
    December 18, 2020
    He is cancer doctor - Seeing him for 3 yrs. He is the best around [...].
  • 5.0
    October 07, 2020
    Highly recommend Dr. Olszansk [...]!!
  • 5.0
    October 05, 2020
    Dr. Olszanski is aa great dr. [...] I have much faith in him.
  • 5.0
    September 28, 2020
    Dr. Olszanski has made me feel great! Could not ask for another doctor anywhere.
  • 5.0
    September 22, 2020
    Excellent care/difficult patient.
  • 5.0
    August 05, 2020
    Both doctor and nurses was outstanding.
  • 5.0
    June 18, 2020
    dr Olszanski is the best!!
  • 5.0
    May 19, 2020
    We have had a great experience each time I was there for an appointment.
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