On Wednesday, July 13, 2016, the Friends of the Hospital of Fox Chase Cancer Center held a Blanket Project event at Fox Chase. The event was open to volunteers and staff to help make blankets from 12 pm to 2 pm and 5 to 6 pm. Participants completed five blankets during each session, with a total of 10 blankets created for patients.
In a report of the top five deadliest cancers, pancreatic cancer is listed as No. 3, and it has the lowest survival rate, at 8 percent, among those cancers. With these statistics, it is surprising that in 2013, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) allocated only $101 million to pancreatic cancer research — the second-lowest funding of the five deadliest cancers. In response, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network organized Advocacy Day as a way to advocate for more federal funding and initiatives for pancreatic cancer.
Kaitlyn Gregory, DNP, RN, a staff RN and interim clinical nurse specialist in the ICU at Fox Chase Cancer Center, has been selected as a finalist in the Clinical Nursing category in the Nurse.com-sponsored Giving Excellence Meaning (GEM) Awards. Gregory is one of 30 nurses in the Mid-Atlantic region who will be honored at a gala at the Philadelphia Marriot on Sept. 23, 2016.
Artfully arranged in baskets with hand-lettered chalk signs, a seasonal variety of fresh produce ranging from berries and sweet cherry tomatoes to bunches of leafy greens, piles of string beans, and ears of fresh corn weigh down the tables of the farm stand every week at Jeanes Hospital.
The urgent need for clinical trials and new therapies was on full display when Fox Chase Cancer Center and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network joined forces for Together Facing Pancreatic Cancer, an event uniting patients, friends, family, clinicians, and researchers.
Can 10 years of cancer-fighting progress really be cut in half? Vice President Joe Biden believes so, and he has challenged researchers and clinicians around the country to double their progress to end cancer as we know it.