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Penny R. Anderson, MD

Penny R. Anderson, MD

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

TRDG Member: Breast Cancer; Ovarian and Gynecologic Cancer; Sarcoma and GIST Cancer

Treatment Focus

Brachytherapy

Key Awards

Philadelphia Magazine Top Docs 2019
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, 2017-19
  • America's Top Doctors®, 2016-17
Patient Stories

Karen Lucas

Breast Cancer

Karen Lucas

Breast Cancer

For more than 20 years, Karen Lucas has been diligent about getting annual mammograms, as well as yearly visits to her OB/GYN. At the age of 65, during a routine mammogram in August 2012, the test showed calcification in both breasts.

Rosella Nelson

Breast Cancer

Rosella Nelson

Breast Cancer

In 2007, Rosella Nelson was diagnosed with breast cancer after years of being treated for noncancerous fibroids in her right breast. A general surgeon she met with recommended a double mastectomy within a week, which meant removal of both of her breasts and her lymph nodes. Anxious for a second opinion, Rosella scheduled an appointment at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where her surgeon recommended a much less invasive surgery to remove the tumor. Because the surgery was an outpatient procedure, she was able to go home the same day. And because it was Stage 2 cancer and had not metastasized, she did not need any additional treatment. "I can’t say enough about everyone at Fox Chase. There was not one person I met that wasn’t helpful, supportive, and knowledgeable," Rosella said. "I feel very protected in the Fox Chase environment, and I feel that they really care for me and about me. Thanks to Fox Chase, I have both of my breasts and my life to prove it."

Patti Rose

Breast Cancer

Patti Rose

Breast Cancer

At 36, Patti Rose, a wife and mother to seven children, was shocked to learn she had a rare form of breast cancer. Because her husband works in construction and had done several projects for Fox Chase Cancer Center, they knew right away Fox Chase was the right place for Patti's treatment. At Fox Chase, Patti underwent chemotherapy and radiation therapy, followed by a lumpectomy and additional surgery. The experience was extremely difficult, but Patti credits the staff at Fox Chase for giving her a positive outlook and helping her get through it. Today, she is cancer free and could not be more pleased with the treatment she received. "Fox Chase helped me to be positive. If I didn’t have that connection with doctors and nurses and even the security guard that I would talk to every time I was there, I think I would have felt more afraid," she said. "Knowing all those people were praying for me, thinking of me, and trying to get me through it made me feel like I could overcome it."

Robert Crossfield

Colorectal Cancer;  Kidney Cancer

Robert Crossfield

Colorectal Cancer;  Kidney Cancer

Robert Crossfield, a 30-year firefighter who was among the team of first responders to the 9/11 disaster where he assisted at Ground Zero, is a survivor of renal and colon cancer and metastatic sarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer. Bob sought treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where he was put under the care of Dr. Margaret von Mehren, Dr. Penny Anderson, Dr. Rosalia Viterbo, and Dr. Jeffrey Farma, as well as reconstructive surgeons Dr. Sameer Patel and Dr. Neal Topham. After undergoing chemotherapy and multiple surgeries, Bob is now cancer free. "I've had aggressive cancers, and multiple cancers, but today I feel healthy again,” Bob said. “This is a battle I'll never give up because I have way too much yet to see and to live for. ...I feel very grateful that we chose Fox Chase to guide us and be with us all the way through this trying time for our family.”

Doreen Benedict

Breast Cancer

Doreen Benedict

Breast Cancer

"My husband and I were planning to visit family and friends in England in March 2008 when I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer at age 68. Our travel plans had to change when my routine mammogram at the end of February detected the aggressive cancer. Although there were regional hospitals closer to our home, we decided that I should be treated at Fox Chase."

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Research Profile

Research Interests

Breast Cancer; Gynecologic Cancers; Brachytherapy

Ratings

48 PATIENT SATISFACTION REVIEWS

Our Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to care provider related questions from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Learn more.

OVERALL RATING

4.8 / 5.0

RATINGS BREAKDOWN

  • 4.7
  • 4.8
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  • 4.9
  • 4.7

8 PATIENT COMMENTS

  • 5.0
    August 07, 2019
    Dr. Anderson went over steps for next visit with gyn. doctor and what would be part of the examination.
  • 5.0
    August 06, 2019
    I thought it was a very good experience. Any questions I had were answered.
  • 5.0
    June 04, 2019
    They don't get any better then Dr. Penny Anderson!!
  • 5.0
    April 10, 2019
    Everything was good. Dr. Anderson is the BEST!
  • 5.0
    February 18, 2019
    I feel so confident with Dr. Anderson.
  • 5.0
    February 04, 2019
    Loved Dr. Anderson & her staff!!
  • 5.0
    January 21, 2019
    Dr. Anderson is wonderful! Could not ask for a better physician.
  • 5.0
    January 06, 2019
    Dr. Anderson is at a top notch caregiver & doctor whom I trust immensely.
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