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Fox Chase Cancer Center In Depth

Co-inventor of Hepatitis B Vaccine Dies

April 9, 2012

Irving Millman’s Hepatitis B screening test led to a 25-percent reduction in the risk of contracting hepatitis B from blood transfusions. For these accomplishments, the scientist was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame in 1993.

Geneticist Recognized for ‘Lifetime Achievement’

September 3, 2012

Her achievements earned her the American Association for Cancer Research’s annual Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research in April 2009.

‘Fishing Expedition’ Led to Nobel Prize

May 7, 2012

Dr. Blumberg describes the path that led to his groundbreaking discovery.

A Prize-Winning Question

May 5, 2014

During the late 1970s, many scientists were researching how proteins are made within cells. Hershko took a different approach. He began to study the other end of the protein’s life cycle—degradation, the process through which cells mark proteins for destruction, then destroy and dispose of them.

A Struggle for Funding

December 9, 2012

How one man saved a research institute.

Science at Sea: Early Outpost Looked to Marine Life for Clues to Cancer Growth

September 9, 2010

In Fox Chase’s formative years, the researchers who helped chart the Center’s scientific course reached far beyond Philadelphia to start a tradition of pioneering investigation into cancer’s origins. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Cape Cod Bay, the Marine Experimental Station had a mission: to investigate the biological basis of cancer.

David Hungerford and the Philadelphia Chromosome

May 20, 2009

Predoctoral fellow David A. Hungerford detected a tiny flaw in chromosomes from the blood cells of patients with a type of leukemia. It was the first genetic defect linked with a specific human cancer. Today, scientists continue to develop innovative new cancer treatments that provide better outcomes for patients, building on a discovery made five decades ago by a young Fox Chase researcher.

A Family Affair: The Dorrance Legacy

May 27, 2015

It's rare to find remarkable leadership that comes from an entire family. Such was the case with the Dorrances, whose passion for advancing cancer care helped make Fox Chase Cancer Center into the distinguished place it is today.

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