July 15, 2016
ISSUE | MEDICINE It's fine for cancer centers to run ads about their successes The story about cancer centers' ads painted the picture in broad strokes ("Report: Many cancer center ads are selling hype as hope," Tuesday). As a Fox Chase patient who very likely has the same "rare gastrointestinal tumor" as the man in Sunday's ad, I am familiar with the drug he was likely given 15 years ago during a clinical trial. There are only three drugs for the gastrointestinal stomal tumor (GIST)
July 12, 2016 |
Alfred G. Knudson Jr., 93, a longtime Fox Chase Cancer Center scientist and international expert on the genetics of cancer, died Sunday, July 10, at his home in Center City Philadelphia after an extended illness. He was best known for his groundbreaking "two-hit theory" on how cancer develops, which found it takes two "hits" or mutations to a gene for cancer to occur. The first hit may be hereditary; the other perhaps chemical exposure, radiation, or some other cause. He was one month shy of his 94th birthday.
February 20, 2016 |
Fox Chase Cancer Center has agreed to establish a bone-marrow transplant program with Universal Hospital in the United Arab Emirates, the two groups said Thursday. The new program will aim to provide care locally and regionally and include physician exchange programs, they said. Fox Chase, part of Temple University Health System, last week started seeing patients at a new outptient center for bone-marrow transplant patients at Jeanes Hospital. firstname.lastname@example.org 215-854-4651 @InqBrubaker
February 20, 2016 |
As superbug outbreaks raised alarm across the country last year, a prominent doctor at Fox Chase Cancer Center wrote in a leading medical journal about how to reduce the risk of these often-deadly patient infections. Jeffrey Tokar, director of gastrointestinal endoscopy, pointed to recent outbreaks from contaminated medical scopes, and discussed steps doctors and hospitals could take to ensure patient safety, in his Sept. 22 article in the Annals of Internal Medicine. "Health-care facilities and providers should strive to establish an environment of open information exchange with patients about what is being done to maximize their safety," Tokar and his two coauthors wrote.
February 11, 2016 |
When Temple University Health System bought Fox Chase Cancer Center in 2012, one goal was to balance Temple's role in North Philadelphia as the de facto public hospital for the poor with better-insured cancer patients. But first, Temple had to get Fox Chase's financial house in order. Temple appears to be well on its way to that goal, reporting that Fox Chase had an operating profit of $11.34 million last year after several money-losing years in a row. Thursday will mark another step in the rejuvenation of Fox Chase, with the official opening of an outpatient clinic for the Fox Chase-Temple University Hospital Bone Marrow Transplant Program on the fifth floor of Temple's Jeanes Hospital, right next door.
December 12, 2015 |
Temple University Health System's Fox Chase Cancer Center has signed a memorandum of understanding with an Abu Dhabi hospital to explore the creation of a cancer center in the United Arab Emirates, the organizations said Thursday. Fox Chase officials plan to meet early next year with officials of Universal Hospital in Abu Dhabi to discuss the proposed collaboration, which would start with a bone-marrow transplant program at the privately owned hospital in the Middle East. Last month, in another example of the Philadelphia region exporting its health-care expertise, the University of Pennsylvania Health System announced a partnership with VPS Healthcare, also a privately owned health system based in the United Arab Emirates.
July 15, 2015 |
In the spring, Philadelphia's single-family housing market had its best quarter in a decade, with prices and sales volume surging throughout the city. The average house value "soared" by 7.3 percent in 2015's second quarter compared with the first three months of the year, said Kevin Gillen, chief economist of Meyers Research and senior research fellow at Drexel University's Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation. Based on single-family home sales data between April 1 and June 30 from the city Recorder of Deeds, Gillen said, the quarterly price rise was the largest since second quarter 2005, at the height of the real estate boom.
May 14, 2015 |
Kate showed up for her student ID, in her first days at Allentown College (now DeSales University). The junior staffing the table already knew who she was. "I gave him my name and he said, 'You're a politics major, right?' I was a little freaked out. " She'd missed the orientation and Jim, a politics major with a good memory, had taken note. Over a boisterous dinner with mutual friends, they learned that both loved sports, cherished their Catholic faith, and had grown up in large families; Jim is the oldest of five, and Kate is one of eight.
April 6, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. It might have been sunny enough Wednesday to lure a few homeowners with rakes into their front yards, but for Grace Metzinger and Joyce Hines it was business as usual in the basement of the Rockledge Municipal Building at Huntingdon Pike and Robbins Avenue. Metzinger, the borough's manager for the last seven years, and Hines, its administrative assistant, spent the day, as they always do, sweating the details that make things run efficiently in this Montgomery County community tucked into 0.3 square miles between Fox Chase and Abington.
March 2, 2015 |
HIGH ON A FOX Chase hill, Carole Covert and her husband Bill McMenamin will wear their Victorian clothes, channel the 19th-century spirits of Robert and Maryann Ryerrs, and welcome folks to Robert's 184th birthday party. The free, family-friendly, 2 p.m. celebration on March 8 at the Ryerss Mansion & Library on Central Avenue near Shelmire Street includes wandering among the 1859 estate's Asian antiques, its gallery of animal oil portraits and its collections of teapots, shoes, seashells, rocks and minerals.