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The Abramson Cancer Center is one of the few cancer centers in the country with dedicated neuro-oncologists to oversee the treatment of patients with brain and central nervous … … system cancers, as well as research in these areas. “We’re very interested in novel, outside-of-the-box treatments,” says Myrna Rosenfeld, M.D., Ph.D., Division Chief, Neuro-Oncology. That’s important, given the poor prognosis for most brain cancer patients. Dr. Rosenfeld and her colleagues refuse to ever give up hope for their patients. “If I …

The cancer experience often involves complex surgery, and Abramson Cancer Center patients benefit from the expertise of outstanding faculty from Penn’s Department of Surgery. With more than twenty-five surgeons specialized by type of cancer, the Abramson Cancer Center is able to offer focused and innovative surgical care to our patients. Under the leadership of Douglas Fraker, M.D., our Surgical Oncology team has increased in size and scope in recent years, engaged in teaching the next generation of cancer surgeons and advanced surgical technologies and techniques to treat our patients. “Even for rare tumors, we have a doctor who’s likely to have treated it more than a hundred times,” says Jeffrey A. Drebin, M.D., Ph.D., Chief of the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery. “Our research and technical expertise are assets to patients from throughout the nation.” SURGICAL ONCOLOGY Penn urologists perform more surgical procedures than any other Greater Philadelphia hospital, including more than 750 new cases of prostate cancer annually. Penn Urology and Abramson Cancer Center medical and radiation oncologists provide a team approach to care, offering the latest in techniques to evaluate and manage prostate, testicular, kidney and renal cancers. Our comprehensive Urologic Cancer Program is led by Alan J. Wein, M.D., and S. Bruce Malkowicz, M.D., and is comprised of urologists, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists. In recent years, Penn has pioneered new techniques of conservative bladder-sparing therapies for bladder cancer and new laparoscopic procedures for a variety of urologic cancers. UROLOGIC ONCOLOGY RADIATION ONCOLOGY Penn’s Department of Radiation Oncology at the Abramson Cancer Center offers state-of-the-art evaluation, treatment and follow-up care for patients requiring radiation therapy as part of their overall care. We are a national leader in the development of advanced treatment approaches. The department receives more funding from the National Institutes of Health than any other in the country due to their innovative ideas in cancer care. This strength in research provides our patients access to clinical advances often before they are generally available. Our faculty have contributed innumerable advances in the treatment of cancer, including pioneering a technique that targets radiation precisely to a tumor site, while sparing normal tissue. The department will relocate to the Center for Advanced Medicine facility in 2008. “Our faculty are truly dedicated to patients,” said Eli Glatstein, M.D., Vice Chairman of the Department, “and are looking forward to practicing medicine in a space which complements our clinical expertise.”

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