Jonathan D. Cheng, MD
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Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111
My practice is focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of gastrointestinal malignancies. This allows me to be well versed in the multitude of complex medical, emotional and social issues facing patients. I use this experience to guide patients through the range of therapeutic options, including the latest research findings and newest clinical trials.
By understanding what patients know about themselves and their preferences, we can arrive at an appropriate treatment approach for each patient's situation. The specialized disease-focused teams at Fox Chase Cancer Center, which include pathologists, gastroenterologists, oncologic surgeons and radiation oncologists, all focused on gastrointestinal malignancies, allow for a tremendous depth of care to our patients.
Since joining Fox Chase Cancer Center in 1999, my research has focused on the importance of the surrounding support cells called stroma that tumors utilize to grow and metastasize. This has led to clinical trials investigating this novel approach using new agents that inhibit the tumor stroma in colorectal, pancreas, esophageal and gastric cancers.
- Fellow, Medical Oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY
- Fellow, Gastrointestinal Oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY
- Fellow, Laboratory Research, Fox Chase Cancer Center
- Resident, Internal Medicine, University of Minnesota
- MD, University of Minnesota Medical School, 1992
American Board of Internal Medicine
- American Society of Clinical Oncology
- American Association for Cancer Research
"I'll never forget the day I was diagnosed with colon cancer. It was February 14, 2002 - my husband's birthday," recalled Maria Carosella. She asked her doctor to perform a colonoscopy because she had been symptomatic for quite some time. At only 36, Maria's colonoscopy revealed she had cancer.
"I was kind of in denial. I had symptoms during my pregnancy, but hoped they would go away. By the time my twins were 13 months old, and the symptoms were still there, I figured it was time to get checked."
Bobby Kabaci suffered from heartburn since he was a child. Growing up, he became so used to it that it never really occurred to Bobby to go to his doctor. Bobby's mother, who worked in a doctor's office, insisted over and over that he seek medical attention. "I finally thought that if I went to the doctor, my mom would stop bugging me to go!" laughed Bobby.
Beating the odds is old hat to Barbara Cremean. In 1998, after dropping her daughters off at school, she was hit head on by a drunk driver. "I was on my way to the most important meeting of my career—and my life changed in an instant," recalls Barbara. She underwent spinal fusion surgery and started the long road to recovery. Little did she know, her serious health problems had just begun – and she was only 37 years old.