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Penny R. Anderson, MD

Penny R. Anderson, MD
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Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

About

Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology

Chief, Division of Breast and Gynecologic Radiation Oncology

Vice Chair for Quality Assurance and Process Improvement

Treatment Focus

Brachytherapy

Key Awards

Philadelphia Magazine Top Docs 2021
Radiation Oncology

Treatment Philosophy

After completing my training at Fox Chase, I joined the radiation oncology department attending staff in 1999. I chose to stay at Fox Chase because I wanted to remain in a research setting at a hospital with the highest excellence in cancer care. In my practice, I specialize in treating patients with gynecological cancers, breast cancer and sarcoma.

As a female oncologist, I address the many unique treatment issues specific to women. My patients discuss their personal issues surrounding their cancer, as well as the side effects of treatment. It is gratifying to offer comfort, not only through radiation treatment, but afterwards in their follow-up care.

As director of breast and gynecologic radiation oncology, I believe it is important to spend time educating my patients. These women have many personal issues related to quality-of-life. We provide education and support from diagnosis throughout treatment and follow-up care.

A particular accomplishment of mine was changing the practice of gynecological high-dose-rate brachytherapy in 2001 from an inpatient to an outpatient procedure for patients. This procedure is now much easier for patients to tolerate, while maximizing our highest quality of care.

At Fox Chase, we use the most sophisticated technology for both external beam (IMRT) radiation therapy and brachytherapy. We have a CT and an MRI simulator for gynecological cancer treatment planning. We use CT/MR-based brachytherapy treatment planning for patients with gynecological cancers.

As a breast cancer specialist, I am part of the Breast Evaluation Center's multispecialty team at Fox Chase. My role is integral in developing the best course of treatment for our newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. At Fox Chase, we use IMRT to treat women with breast cancer.

In treating patients with sarcoma, I collaborate with the surgeons and medical oncologists to determine the best course of treatment. Before surgery, radiation therapy helps to reduce the tumor's size, making it easier to remove. Following surgery, radiation therapy can improve local control and chance for cure. In treating sarcomas, we use an MR simulator in the planning process, which helps improve accuracy of treatment.

Research is another interest of mine. I am a member of multiple national committees aimed at constantly improving and advancing the treatment and outcome of gynecologic and breast cancers. I am the principal investigator for several national trials evaluating novel, innovative approaches for breast and gynecologic cancer treatment. Each year, I am invited to present at many professional meetings, including the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), ASTRO (American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology), and the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG).

 

Education and Training

Educational Background

  • Fellow, Radiation Oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Resident, Radiation Oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • MD, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 1994

Certifications

  • American Board of Radiology, Therapeutic Radiology

Memberships

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
  • Radiation Therapy Oncology Group
  • Gynecologic Oncology Group
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group
  • American Brachytherapy Society

Honors & Awards

  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors, 2017-20
  • America's Top Doctors®, 2016-17
Patient Stories

Miriam Lieberman

Breast Cancer;  Uterine Sarcoma

Miriam Lieberman

Breast Cancer;  Uterine Sarcoma

For decades, my healthcare routine was the same: When I scheduled my annual mammogram to screen for breast cancer, I also booked an appointment for a preventative transvaginal ultrasound. That’s because my sister survived a bout with uterine cancer 40 years ago, and our family history could put me at risk of developing the same cancer.

Gabrielle Korosec

Breast Cancer

Gabrielle Korosec

Breast Cancer

There were a lot of things going on in my life when I first found a lump in my breast. My mother-in-law was in failing health, my two children were teenagers, and I was separating with my husband of 23 years. My life was in chaos; when I found the lump, it further added to that.

Melanie Fowler

Breast Cancer

Melanie Fowler

Breast Cancer

I’m 65 years old, and thanks to a 35-year career at the Department of Defense, I’ve been happily retired for just about a decade. I live in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, with my husband Bill, our dog Tess, short for Tess the Mess, and our cat Amoco, who is named for the gas station where we found her.

Kat Kramer

Breast Cancer

Kat Kramer

Breast Cancer

When I was growing up in Philadelphia’s Olney-Feltonville neighborhood, my grandmother made sure I knew how to run a household. She taught all of her grandchildren how to do essential household tasks, like sewing and cooking. I always looked forward to the day when I’d get to follow in her footsteps and pass these skills along to my son, Alex.

But when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 at age 43, I found myself worried about whether I would be able to carry on family traditions like this.

Toula Aris

Breast Cancer

Toula Aris

Breast Cancer

As a cancer survivor of over 20 years and as a mother who lost a daughter to cancer, I can say with certainty that cancer does not discriminate. Prior to my diagnosis, there was no family history of cancer and I always lived a healthy lifestyle, yet this disease affected me. A diagnosis can sneak up on anyone, regardless of how healthy they appear.

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Research Profile

Research Interests

Breast Cancer; Gynecologic Cancers; Brachytherapy

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