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.
July 1, 2016 |
More than nine out of 10 doctors at the Hospital of the Fox Chase Cancer Center received payments from drug and medical-device firms in 2014, an analysis of Medicare payments data by ProPublica found. Its rate of 92 percent ranked Fox Chase highest in the Philadelphia region for the percentage of affiliated doctors accepting payments from pharmaceutical or medical-device firms, the data showed. Fox Chase, which ranked 10th nationally for its percentage of affiliated doctors receiving payments of any size, also had the region's highest percentage of doctors who collected at least $5,000.
June 20, 2016 |
Craig MacGregor feels betrayed - by his doctors, by the health-care system and, devastatingly, by his own fingers. For much of the last 40 years, he played bass for Foghat, the classic rock band best known for the hit "Slow Ride. " Now, his fingertips have grown bulbous - "clubbed," doctors call it, a side effect of chemotherapy to treat his advanced lung cancer. He can barely play music at all anymore. "Overnight, it's gone," he says. "That's a hard thing to accept. " Even harder: Though he didn't learn of his cancer until last year, it actually was first detected four years ago during a CAT scan to check for broken ribs after a fall.
May 9, 2016 |
When Hee-Soon Juon asked her physician a few years ago whether she needed to be screened for exposure to the Hepatitis B virus, he told her, "You don't need to be. You're in the U.S.A. " But Hepatitis B is widespread in Asian and sub-Saharan African countries, including Juon's native South Korea, and many immigrants have brought it with them to the United States. Getting out the word is critical for two reasons: First, there is a vaccine to prevent transmission of the virus. Second, those who have already contracted it should seek early treatment to prevent potentially deadly consequences.
March 22, 2016
Philadelphia FIGHT has named Barbara L. Bungy chief operating officer for its Community Health Centers. A member of FIGHT's board of directors since 2012, Bungy most recently served as secretary. She had been with Drexel University College of Medicine within the department of pediatrics at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in several management positions, including as executive director for the Center of the Urban Child, HIV prevention services program manager. JDog Junk Removal & Hauling, a Berwyn firm working to increase career opportunities for military veterans, has named Marine Corps vet Kevin Kopa the national franchise's new vice president of quality assurance.
March 13, 2016
On March 5, the Fox Chase Cancer Center board of associates, Main Line chapter, hosted its Night for the Fight at the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr. The group of more than 600 volunteers supports patient care and cancer research at the Fox Chase Cancer Center. More than 180 attended the Main Line chapter's event, which included dinner, dancing to the band Slippery, and a silent auction. Along with the fun, more than $50,000 was raised to support research and patient care.
February 26, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf will undergo treatment for what he called a "mild" and treatable form of prostate cancer, but said it would not interfere with his job. In disclosing the illness Wednesday, Wolf, 67, did not offer details about his diagnosis or the treatment he expects in coming months. He said only that it would not require him to step aside, even temporarily. "It really was detected very early. So the procedure is going to be a truly minor one," the governor said at a Capitol news briefing, accompanied only by his wife, Frances.
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. email@example.com 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.