About The Abramson Cancer Center


Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center is a world leader in cancer research, patient care, and education. Our preeminent position is reflected in our continuous designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute since 1973, one of 47 such Centers in the United States.

At the Abramson Cancer Center, we are dedicated to innovative and compassionate cancer care. Our clinical program, comprised of a dedicated staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, nutritionists, and patient care coordinators, currently sees over 90,000 outpatient visits, over 11,800 inpatient discharges, and provides over 37,000 chemotherapy treatments, and more than 66,000 radiation treatments.

Not only are we dedicated to providing state-of-the-art cancer care, the latest forms of cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment are available to our patients through clinical themes that developed in the relentless pursuit to eliminate the pain and suffering from cancer.

In addition, the Abramson Cancer Center is home to the 400+ basic, translational, and clinical scientists who work relentlessly to determine the pathogenesis of cancer. Together, our faculty is committed to improving the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.

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History and Mission

The Abramson Cancer Center, established in 1973, offers cancer patients the newest and most innovative therapeutic advances.

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Leadership and Administration

The Abramson Cancer Center’s leadership team is comprised of scientists, physicians, and administrators who are world leaders in their respective fields.

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Departments and Divisions

Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center is home to clinical departments and divisions who share the goal of improving the future of cancer care.

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Penn showcases the comprehensive work and success stories that derive from integrated research, treatment, and dedication in our reports.

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Awards & Accolades

Penn Medicine has been widely recognized for its superior commitment to quality cancer care. Take a look at our awards and accolades.

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Focus on Cancer Blog

The Focus on Cancer blog discusses a variety of cancer-related topics, including treatment advances, research efforts and clinical trials, nutrition, support groups, survivorship and patient stories.

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Penn provides the latest news on cancer advancements, cancer research, new treatments and other cancer related topics happening at Penn.

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Patient Stories

Hear from our patients how Penn's experts take cancer care to the next level, developing customized treatments and taking outcomes from “inoperable” to “incredible.”

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Abramson Events

Penn hosts and sponsors numerous community events that focus on important health-related issues that may affect you or a loved one.

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Penn Cancer Network

The Penn Cancer Network is a select group of community hospitals in the Delaware Valley providing exceptional cancer care throughout the region.

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