Fox Chase Cancer Center News

January 9, 2012

Most Parents Who Get Tested for Breast Cancer Genes Share Results with their Children

PHILADELPHIA (January 9, 2012) – A new study has found that when parents get tested for breast cancer genes many of them share their results with their children—even with those who are very young. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study also revealed that most parents think that their children are not distressed when they learn about the test results.  

January 3, 2012

Running to a Cure: Temple's Bone Marrow Transplant Program Celebrates 25 Years

PHILADELPHIA (January 3, 2012) - A quarter-century of life-saving patient care and advanced blood cancer research is the legacy of Temple Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) as the program celebrates the 25th anniversary of its founding this year.

December 28, 2011

Targeted Therapy Extends Progression-Free Survival of Patients with Advanced Ovarian Cancer

PHILADELPHIA (December 28, 2011) – Targeted drugs, which block or disrupt particular molecules involved in the growth of tumors, have been shown to be effective treatments against many types of cancer. A new phase 3 clinical trial conducted by the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) showed that a targeted therapy called bevacizumab (Avastin) effectively delayed the progression of advanced ovarian cancer. Patients with newly diagnosed advanced ovarian cancer now typically undergo surgery and chemotherapy, but the new research suggests an additional avenue of treatment.

December 15, 2011

Temple University Health System and Fox Chase Cancer Center Sign Affiliation Agreement

PHILADELPHIA, PA (December 15, 2011) — Temple University Health System and Fox Chase Cancer Center today signed an Affiliation Agreement that moves both institutions closer to bringing Fox Chase Cancer Center into the Temple family – marking a major milestone for two celebrated Philadelphia institutions that will enhance cancer research and patient care in the region, both immediately and for years to come.

December 12, 2011

Holy Family University to Hold Exclusive RN-to-BSN Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center

PHILADELPHIA, PA (December 12, 2011) — In January 2012, Holy Family University will begin offering a special section of its RN-to-BSN program exclusively at Fox Chase Cancer Center—an institution that conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  The University’s program was chosen, through a competitive process, to provide on-site courses for Fox Chase staff members who desire a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree.

December 9, 2011

Circulating Tumor Cells Not Linked to Survival in Women Newly Diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer

SAN ANTONIO, TX (December 9, 2011)—The presence of circulating tumor cells in the blood appears to have no relationship to survival in women who have just been diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer, according to new research from Fox Chase Cancer Center. However, the research shows that these stray tumor cells may signal that the disease has spread to other parts of the body, even before imaging reveals any metastases. The results will be presented on Friday, December 9 at the 2011 CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

November 30, 2011

Fox Chase Hosts Singer, Songwriter, and Cancer Survivor Charlie Lustman

Philadelphia (November 30, 2011) – On Thursday, December 1, 2011, Fox Chase Cancer Center will host singer, songwriter, and cancer survivor Charlie Lustman.  The inspirational “minstrel of hope” will stroll through the halls of the hospital singing upbeat songs to cancer patients and their family and friends from 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m., with a special performance in the Fox Chase cafeteria (333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia) at 3:30 p.m., as part of his “Musical HOPE Campaign.”

November 28, 2011

Fox Chase Cancer Center Partners Program Celebrates 25 Years of Setting the Standard for Cancer Care Delivery at the Community Level

Philadelphia (November 28, 2011) – A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, but having to choose a doctor and treatment facility can pose even more of a challenge—especially for those who may not live in areas where National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer centers exist. This is why Fox Chase Cancer Center decided, 25 years ago, to develop a program in which NCI designated cancer centers and community hospitals could work together to provide patients better access to the latest cancer care and treatments. The program, known today as Fox Chase Cancer Center Partners, involves a selec


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