The Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital
PAH is now also home to Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center (ACC), the region’s number-one cancer program. Under the Direction of Arthur Staddon, MD, ACC PAH has become a nationally recognized center renowned for specializing in treating bone and soft tissue sarcoma, gynecological cancers, breast cancer, and more.
As one of the locations of Penn’s ACC – one of only two National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the region – PAH can now offer the full gamut of cancer diagnosis and treatment options, plus research and the latest clinical care.
“Being a part of the Abramson Cancer Center gives our patients access to specialized modalities as only a truly comprehensive cancer center can – such as additional clinical trials, personalized treatment plans through the Center for Personalized Diagnostics, genetic testing, cutting-edge vaccine therapies, and proton therapy at Penn’s Roberts Proton Therapy Center,” said R. Michael Buckley, MD, executive director of PAH. “We’re grateful to be a part of such a leading academic medical system like Penn Medicine and an international leader in cancer research, treatment, and education such as the Abramson Cancer Center.”
Patients, their families and caregivers will continue to receive the excellent supportive care services they have always received through the newly named Joan Karnell Supportive Care Program (JKSCP). This program combines the specialized, supplemental care ACC PAH is able to offer patients and their families to help them cope with the physical and emotional distress that a cancer diagnosis and treatment brings. Services include: art therapy, mindfulness based stress reduction, music therapy, nutrition counseling, psychological counseling, shiatsu massage therapy, social work counseling, and spiritual counseling. In addition, there are eight supportive care programs available, including an Older Adult Oncology Program, a Cancer Risk Evaluation Program, and Palliative Care Program.
The JKSCP also hosts multiple support groups and offers free educational resources to patients and caregivers.