Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: Cancer

The Power of Writing for Cancer Patients

By Sally Sapega | May 2, 2016 | Comments image from https://s3.amazonaws.com/feather-client-files-aviary-prod-us-east-1/2016-04-27/4c6b9779638448bb96014b200e5b64e4.png

“To what shall I claim definition? My life which is no longer the same, The disease which ravishes me, Or the hope the trial brings? The strong and vibrant man of yore has changed.” Jack Ivey wrote those words – part of a longer poem (see below) – following a... Read more

Better Together: Penn Joins Unprecedented Collaboration to Tackle Cancer Immunotherapy

By Holly Auer | April 22, 2016 | Comments Parker

It had all the makings of a science-fiction blockbuster: A can’t-lose mission with high stakes, an effort to trick a devious enemy into destroying itself, the promise of gizmos like futuristic cell replicas on tiny chips, and a cast of Hollywood’s most beautiful, bold-face names – plus a killer sound... Read more

Penn Medicine’s New Issue: The Power of Partnership

By John Shea | April 8, 2016 | Comments image from https://s3.amazonaws.com/feather-client-files-aviary-prod-us-east-1/2016-04-08/94d386ee401b44e8804040dbdf43a336.png

Although Penn Medicine magazine has often run articles on the work of physicians and researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia who are associated with the Perelman School of Medicine, this issue’s cover story is perhaps the first to look more broadly at the longstanding relationship between the two institutions.... Read more

Small But Mighty

By Karen Kreeger | April 1, 2016 | Comments Cells

There is a long-held tradition in fruitfly research for silly gene nomenclature. For example, take the inspiration from mutations that affect fruit fly testes. The so-called “defenders of DNA,” the Piwi (for P-element induced wimpy testis) family of proteins, got its incongruous name from the researcher who discovered the gene... Read more

Penn Research Holds Promise for Patients with Advanced Colon Cancer

By Lee-Ann Donegan | March 2, 2016 | Comments image from https://s3.amazonaws.com/feather-client-files-aviary-prod-us-east-1/2016-03-02/2fa47d3ea425481fa20c628feefdf90a.png

Colon cancer is the most common of gastrointestinal (GI) cancers and the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in in the United States, but it’s also largely preventable and often curable with early detection. Thanks to an increase in education and awareness around the disease, greater numbers of Americans are... Read more

Let’s Take a “Micro-break” and Talk about Standing Desks

By Steve Graff | February 26, 2016 | Comments Standing

As news media professionals working for a health system, the people in Penn Medicine’s Communications office are not only an inquisitive bunch, but also a health-conscious one. So when the opportunity to get standing desks, a workplace trend sweeping through cube farms and office spaces around the world, came our... Read more

Abramson Cancer Center Joins Nation’s Cancer Centers to Urge HPV Vaccine

By Steve Graff | January 27, 2016 | Comments Hpv

Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) joined 68 other National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated centers today urging for increased human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in both girls and boys for the prevention of cancer. Each year in the United States, 14 million new HPV infections occur, and 27,000 men and women are diagnosed... Read more

Vice President Biden Kicks off “Moonshot” Effort at Abramson Cancer Center (PHOTOS)

By Steve Graff | January 22, 2016 | Comments Biden

Days after President Obama announced the “moonshot” to find a cancer cure during his State of the Union, Vice President Biden visited Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center to kick off the national effort he said aims to “accelerate the progress already underway” – much of which is happening right here. "You're... Read more

What’s the Big Idea? Cancer Leaders to Talk Precision Medicine

By Steve Graff | January 6, 2016 | Comments Lab

In a few weeks, top minds in the city and state will gather to discuss one of the hottest cancer topics in healthcare: precision medicine. It’s a term many have heard, seen on a billboard, or even experienced, but what does the omnipresent buzzword really mean today—and for tomorrow? For... Read more

Copper: A ‘Novel Vulnerability’ in Fighting Cancer

By Karen Kreeger | December 16, 2015 | Comments Copper

I looked at the ornaments on the desk. Everything standard and all copper. A copper lamp, pen set and pencil tray, a glass and copper ashtray with a copper elephant on the rim, a copper letter opener, a copper thermos bottle on a copper tray, copper corners on the blotter... Read more

Processed and Red Meat – Are They Really that Bad?

By Olivia Fermano | November 30, 2015 | Comments Untitled-2

Four days gone now and Thanksgiving officially kicked off the holiday season. For revelers of all backgrounds, this time of year has the potential to be one long party-fest from now through New Year’s. With this party atmosphere comes lots of bad food. Despite the season the Eagles are having,... Read more

The Family and Lab Behind a ‘Precious’ Donation to Basic Research

By Karen Kreeger | November 20, 2015 | Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/15112017/8640e83a-ae21-4b3c-83ea-6dca3b0c3d42.png

In 2009, Sarah Gray found out during a routine ultrasound that one of the twins she was carrying had anencephaly, a fatal genetic condition where the brain and skull don't fully develop. After his death, she and her husband donated Thomas’s organs and tissues and since then, have been tracking how they've been used. Read more

Shining a Spotlight on Our Genes, in Our Jeans (photos)

By Katie Delach | November 13, 2015 | Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/15111318/d9e8adfd-fc58-4a9f-90a1-a95519718106.png

This Tuesday, the Basser Center for BRCA hosted the “Basser Jean Bash – Unzip Your Genes,” an inaugural New York City benefit which raised over $8 million for the Center and included a celebration with special performances by Freestyle Love Supreme and American Authors. Planning for the event took more... Read more

The Support behind the Support

By Olivia Fermano | November 9, 2015 | Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/15111021/bdb5a6e7-8049-414f-ac44-9506d8806353.png

The number of adults and childhood cancer survivors in the United States is expected to reach 19 million in 10 years, nearly quadruple what it is today, the American Cancer Society reports. The increase in cancer survivorship is attributable to many factors – from advanced imaging techniques and earlier detection... Read more

Looking to Ancient Symbionts for New Cancer Therapies

By Karen Kreeger | October 26, 2015 | Comments Mitochondria Courtesy NICHD

Talk about a eureka moment: Andrea Facciabene, PhD, a research assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was taking a walk one day on the Penn campus when it hit him: What do we really need to make immunotherapy a reality for everybody? The answer, he thought, was in the mitochondria,... Read more

It’s Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day!

By Katie Delach | October 21, 2015 | Comments BRA Day

It’s BRA Day! Yes, you read that right. While much of October is focused on raising awareness around research and education for patients or families at risk for breast cancer, today is the day we pause to promote education, awareness, and access regarding post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day... Read more

Translation Starts at the Bench for Penn Fellow (VIDEO)

By Karen Kreeger | October 19, 2015 | Comments Pipette Fume Hood PP 2015

For postdoctoral fellow Kristen Pauken, PhD, what “gets her up in the morning” are the cancer immunology experiments she is conducting alongside her mentor John Wherry, PhD, director of the Institute for Immunology at the Perelman School of Medicine. His lab concentrates on getting a better handle on what makes... Read more

Abramson Cancer Center Raises $3.5 Million – and Takes a Selfie (Photos)

By Steve Graff | October 15, 2015 | Comments Selfie

We put together a slideshow of photographs to give a glimpse inside the Abramson Cancer Center’s (ACC) first “Philly Fights Cancer” fundraiser, but perhaps the best picture of the night was snapped Ellen-Degeneres-at-the-Oscars-style on an iPhone during the program. “Everyone get ready," said Tracy Davidson, NBC10 anchor and emcee for... Read more

Drug Pricing Debate Once Again Ignited

By Steve Graff | October 6, 2015 | Comments Earnings-on-drugs-1362499408_53

A few weeks ago, news broke that the founder of Turing Pharmaceuticals, Martin Shkreli, bought the 62-year-old drug daraprim, only to turn around and up the cost by 5,000 percent. The move by Shkreli, who said the revenue would fund research to develop better treatments for toxoplasmosis, the parasitic infection... Read more

Plugging up the Pipeline

By Karen Kreeger | September 2, 2015 | Comments Steps Jeremy Levine

Cultivating a career in biomedical research is basically a series of experiential steps: Most times, but not always, it starts with a knack and interest in STEM subjects -- science, technology, engineering and math -- in high school, a relevant major in college, eventually earning a PhD, and securing a... Read more

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