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Christina S. Chu, MD

Christina Chu, MD

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

Associate Professor, Gynecologic Oncology

Director, Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program

Treatment Philosophy

I consider it an honor to be able to care for women with gynecologic cancer. One of the reasons that I chose the field of gynecologic oncology is the unique opportunity I have to help provide both breadth and depth of care for women with cancer and complex benign disease.  In my practice, I am able to offer a full range of individualized therapies: State-of-the-art surgery, including minimally invasive techniques, as well as chemotherapy and cutting-edge clinical trials. Through this continuity of care, I find that the relationships that I am able to form with women and their families are among the most rewarding aspects of my life.

I was thrilled to join Fox Chase in 2014 after receiving my training and spending the first 12 years of my career at the University of Pennsylvania.  As an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Fox Chase offers the best in patient-centered care and innovative research.  I believe that we must make progress in the fight against cancer, and I have particular interest in clinical trials for the treatment of ovarian, endometrial and cervical cancers.  I have served as principal investigator of multiple trials of novel agents and my research interests focus on investigational immunotherapies, including tumor vaccination and adoptive immunotherapy for ovarian cancer, as well as therapeutic HPV vaccination.  I also have particular interests in weight loss interventions to modify risk for women with endometrial hyperplasia and endometrial cancer.

I believe in treating patients as if they were my own family.  With the fantastic team in place here at Fox Chase, it is my goal to be able to help patients and their families be surrounded not only by the latest in medical expertise, but also by a community of caring to help support them through difficult times.

Educational Background

  • Fellow, Gynecologic Oncology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 
  • Resident,Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 
  • MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 1995 

Certifications

  • The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology 

Memberships

  • American Association for Cancer Research; Gynecologic Oncology Group (Phase I Committee, 2007 to 2011)
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (Government Relations Committee, 2009 to present) 
  • Mid-Atlantic Gynecologic Oncologic Society 
  • International Gynecologic Cancer Society
  • Gynecologic Cancer InterGroup (Ovarian Committee, COGI representative, 2011 to present)
  • Cooperative Ovarian Cancer Group

Honors & Awards

  • Top Doctors, Gynecologic Oncology, Philadelphia Magazine, 2011-12, 2014 -15
  • University of Pennsylvania Faculty Teaching Award for Excellence in Resident Education, 2010
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education, 2010
  • Top Doctors, Cervical Cancer and Endometrial Cancer, Philadelphia Magazine, 2010 

Carol Desko

Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer

Carol Desko

Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer

Carol Desko is one of those lucky people who keeps in touch with her nine best friends from grade school. Every few years, they travel together. In the summer of 2009, the year they all turned 65, and planned to take a cruise. Unfortunately, Carol couldn't join them because she was battling an aggressive form of endometrial cancer. But thanks to her talented physician, Dr. Christina Chu, she'll travel to St. Michael's with these ladies in the summer of 2014 to celebrate their 70th birthdays. 

Barbara Ganderton

Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer

Barbara Ganderton

Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer

In June, 2014, Barbara Ganderton, then 46, joked to her husband Jeff that she was pregnant because she felt bloated. She soon menstruated and the bloating seemed to subside. A few weeks later her family traveled to the Jersey shore for their annual vacation. Mid-week she recalls feeling bloated again and constipated. “I decided to tough it out until we got home from vacation. Upon returning home, I scheduled an appointment with my primary doctor who said she felt fluid in my belly and wanted me to go for an ultrasound of my pelvis and abdomen,” Barbara recalls.

Research Interests

Clinical trials for the evaluation of novel chemotherapies and immunotherapies for gynecologic malignancies. 

Selected Publications

Effectiveness and safety of expanded perioperative thromboprophylaxis in complex gynecologic surgery. Corr BR, Winter AM, Sammel MD, Chu CS, Gage BF, Hagemann AR. Gynecol Oncol. 2015 Sep;138(3):501-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2015.07.017. Epub 2015 Jul 14.  PMID: 26186912

Clinical predictors of bevacizumab-associated gastrointestinal perforation. Tanyi JL, McCann G, Hagemann AR, Coukos G, Rubin SC, Liao JB, Chu CS. Gynecol Oncol. 2011 Mar;120(3):464-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2010.11.009. Epub 2010 Dec 17.
PMID: 21168199

Braly P, Nicodemus CF, Chu C, Collins Y, Edwards R, Gordon A, McGuire W, Schoonmaker C, Whiteside T, Smith LM, Method M. The immune adjuvant properties of front-line carboplatin-paclitaxel: A randomized phase II study of alternative schedules of intravenous oregovomab-chemo-immunotherapy in advanced ovarian cancer. J Immunother 2009; 32:54-65.

Katz E, Dugan NL, Cohn JC, Chu C, Smith RG, Schmitz KH. Weight lifting in patients with lower extremity lymphedema secondary to cancer: A pilot and feasibility study. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2010; 91:1070-6.
Hagemann AR, Cadungog M, Hagemann IS, Hammond R, Adams SF, Chu, CS, Rubin SC, Zhang L, Addya K, Birrer MJ, Gimmoty PA, Coukos G. Tissue-based immune monitoring I: Tumor core needle biopsies allow in-depth interrogation of the tumor microenvironment. Cancer Biol Ther, 2011; 12(4):357-66.

Hagemann AR, Hagemann IS, Cadungog M, Hwang WT, Patel P, Lal P, Hammond R, Gimotty PA, Chu CS, Rubin SC, Coukos G. Tissue-based immune monitoring II: Multiple tumor sites reveal immunologic homogeneity in serous ovarian carcinoma. Cancer Biol Ther 2011; 12(4):367-77.

Chu CS, Boyer J, Schullery DS, Gimotty PA, Gamerman V, Bender J, Levine BL, Coukos G, Rubin SC, Morgan MA, Vonderheide RH, June CH. Phase I/II randomized trial of dendritic cell vaccination with or without cyclophosphasmide for consolidation therapy of advanced ovarian cancer in first or second remission. Cancer Immunol Immunother 2012; 61(5):629-641.

Bahng AY, Chu CS, Wileyto P, Rubin SC, Lin LL. Risk factors for recurrence amongst high intermediate risk patients with endometrioid adenocarcinoma. J Gynecol Oncol 2012; 23(4):257-64.

Brown JC, Cheville A, Chu CS, Schmitz KH. The prevalence of lymphedema symptoms among long-term cancer survivors with or at-risk for lower limb lymphedema. Am J Phys Med Rehab 2013; 92(3):223-31.

Chu CS, Boyer JD, Jawad A, McDonald K, Rogers WT, Prak ETL, Sullivan KE. Immunologic consequences of chemotherapy for ovarian cancer: Impaired responses to the influenza vaccine. Vaccine 2013; 31:5435-42.

Brown JC, John GM, Segal S, Chu CS, Schmitz KH. Physical activity and lower limb lymphedema among uterine cancer survivors. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2013; 45:2091-7.

Anwer K, Kelly FJ, Chu C, Jewell JG, Lewis D, Alvarez RD. Phase I trial of a formulated IL-12 plasmid in combination with carboplatin and docetaxel chemotherapy in the treatment of platinum-sensitive recurrent ovarian cancer. Gynecol Oncol 2013; 131:169-73.

Simpkins F, Flores A, Chu C, Berek JS, Lucci III J, Murray S, Bauman J, Struemper H, Germaschewski F, Jonak Z, Gardner O, Toso J, Coukos G. Chemoimmunotherapy using pegylated liposomal Doxorubicin and interleukin-18 in recurrent ovarian cancer: a phase I dose-escalation study. Cancer Immunol Res 2013; 1:168-78.

Hammer SM, Brown JC, Segal S, Chu CS, Schmitz K. Cancer-related impairments influence physical activity in uterine cancer survivors. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2014 Dec;46(12):2195-201.

Brown JC, Lin LL, Segal S, Chu CS, Haggerty AE, Ko EM, Schmitz KH. Physical activity, daily walking, and lower limb lymphedema associate with physical function among uterine cancer survivors. Support Care Cancer. 2014 Nov;22(11):2017-25.

Additional Publications

Dr. Chu on PubMed