May 3, 2004 |
A study of the practices of 19 Philadelphia-area cancer surgeons suggests that many breast cancer patients receive treatment that is inadequate, inappropriate or too aggressive. The study, led by Bernard Bloom, a research professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, looked at whether the surgeries and postoperative care of 464 breast cancer patients were in line with expert guidelines or the best research. "Most women with breast cancer in this study were not treated according to regimens from either" the guidelines or research, concluded the study, published earlier this year in the British Journal of Cancer.
December 9, 2003
President Bush yesterday signed into law a new Medicare drug benefit, calling it, "the greatest advance in health care coverage for America's seniors since the founding of Medicare. " Long before the ceremony, presidential aides and congressional leaders were hunting for how to pay for the costly expansion of the federal health insurance program. The troubling choices they made will harm the very seniors now being courted with the Medicare reforms. Cutbacks in aid to outpatient cancer care, as well as to thousands of inpatient rehabilitation centers - such as the Moss and Magee rehabs - are two of the most questionable cost-saving measures.
October 21, 2003 |
South Jersey cancer patients who crossed the river for treatment at Philadelphia hospitals will now have the option of getting the latest care at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey at Cooper University Hospital in Voorhees. Gov. McGreevey said yesterday that the state would provide $5 million to develop the partnership between Cooper and the New Brunswick-based Cancer Institute of New Jersey, one of 39 facilities nationwide affiliated with the National Cancer Institute. Other National Cancer Institute affiliates, providing comprehensive cancer treatment, include the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, the Fox Chase Cancer Center, and the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University.
October 7, 2003
Where would medical care in America be without nurses? On life support probably. Yet these heroes of the hospital, the doctor's office and the community health center remain unsung, underpaid and overworked. Hooray, then, for Sarah Kagan. Not only because she is a super nurse but also because her dedication and commitment have earned her an award that brings glory to her entire profession. Kagan, a gerontology clinical nurse at the University of Pennsylvania specializing in cancer care for the aging, has been awarded a $500,000 "genius" award from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
June 13, 2001
In the spirit of editorial generosity, let's downplay the fact that, once again, Pennsylvania finds itself at the end of a national parade. While the vast majority of other states have jumped to take advantage of an important new federally funded breast and cancer cervical treatment benefit, Pennsylvania has lagged behind. But now the Ridge administration and Pennsylvania legislators say they are doing their best to catch up. So forget about the slow start and just look forward: State lawmakers must stick to their promises and do the right thing.
June 28, 1999 |
The American Cancer Society and a national alliance of cancer centers have issued prostate-cancer treatment guidelines that translate technical medical information into concise, understandable advice for patients. The 50-page report is the second in a series of patient guidelines for the top 10 cancers. The guidelines are being made available through toll-free numbers and the Internet. The Cancer Society's partner in the project is the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
March 31, 1998 |
Chester County Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania officially opened a new collaborative outpatient cancer center here yesterday, marking what both institutions called a model medical and business partnership. Patients can go to the Cancer Center of Chester County, a subsidiary of the nonprofit Chester County Hospital, for such services as chemotherapy and diagnostic radiology, said H.L. Perry Pepper. He is president and chief executive of the Health Network of Chester County Hospital, the community institution's parent organization.
February 17, 1993 |
A new program that will combine various cancer treatment programs, coordinate all aspects of care for cancer patients and bring together a host of medical experts, was unveiled yesterday as the new Cancer Center of Southern New Jersey at Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center. The program, referred to as a "cancer center without walls," will provide cancer patients with expanded care. Hospital administrators call it a "one-stop-shopping" approach to cancer treatment, the only one of its kind it in South Jersey, they said.
November 5, 1991 |
The pain was so terrible that Lillian Busnardo could not even sit to eat dinner. She had already gone through surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from her lung, followed by five weeks of daily radiation treatment. Now, when by all measures she should be feeling OK, she felt as if she'd never know another day of peace. Why was she hurting? Busnardo hoped the Pain Team could find out. She had come from Cumberland County, N.J., to Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia to meet with an unusual group that is part of a new movement in cancer care.
September 26, 1991 |
Cancer patients soon will be able to walk into Paoli Memorial Hospital on the way to work, or during a lunch break, receive radiation therapy from the most up-to-date equipment available, and walk out again in 10 minutes. So said Dr. Stephen C. Fox, medical director of Paoli Memorial Hospital's new Cancer Treatment Center, at a ceremony announcing the center Friday. Fox said the center would open to patients on Tuesday and would provide state-of-the-art cancer treatment in a community hospital setting.