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    Opening Up the Playbook

    May 15, 2017

    The Abramson Cancer Center is the only cancer center in the region offering acupuncture. Penn has been offering the service for years, after research made the benefits clear—but the man currently leading the therapy brings his own unique background and approach.

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    Hands-on Chemistry Course Has Students Taking on Rare Cancers

    May 08, 2017

    With graduation just around the corner, a few undergraduates finishing up a hands-on chemistry course will be taking very useful skills with them to the next stop on their career and education path. With robotic arms and moving trays to run automated chemical analyses, measured how effective dozens of cancer drugs are against cells found in a rare type of cancer.

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    The Little Care Plan That Could

    April 19, 2017

    In April of 2007, OncoLink—the first cancer information website (and still one of the largest)—launched the OncoLife Survivorship Care Plan, a user-generated service that creates care plans for patients who have survived cancer. As that plan marks 10 years, OncoLink’s Managing Editor, Carolyn Vachani, looks back on the program’s origins.

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    Ovarian Cancer: A Master of Disguise No More

    April 14, 2017

    Experts in the Penn Ovarian Cancer Research Center and the Basser Center for BRCA are developing new detection and prevention strategies for high-risk patients—and, at the same time, offering a one-two punch birth control and cancer risk-reduction method for average-risk women who do not have, do not want, or are done having children.

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    The Creative Scientist, the Scientific Creative

    April 03, 2017

    Before starting here, I didn’t put much thought into the fact that the lady who performs joint replacements by day could also be performing Spanish guitar at open mic nights. My experience here has, of course, taught me otherwise: Creative minds are everywhere. In retrospect, though, it’s a lesson I could have learned without such experience. History has shown us creativity and medicine make good bedfellows.

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    When it Comes to Colon Cancer Screenings, Trust Your Gut

    March 29, 2017

    Colon cancer is considered one of the most preventable but deadly illnesses; it’s the second leading cause of cancer death among men and women in the United States. Screening tests like colonoscopies can prevent cancer or detect it at an early stage, when treatment can be highly effective. Even with these well-known facts, few people get the recommended screening.

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    New Proton Center Research Room Will Have an Impact Near and Far

    March 27, 2017

    The new Albert Chadwick Research Room inside the Roberts Proton Therapy Center is no ordinary laboratory space. In fact, there’s nothing else quite like it anywhere else in the United States, and whether it’s treating patients with cancer or helping NASA with its plans to send astronauts to Mars, the discoveries that could propel scientists forward will happen right here.

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    Making the Impact of the Cancer Moonshot Understandable

    March 15, 2017

    "My commitment is not for the next 12 months," Vice President Joe Biden said while visiting the Abramson Cancer Center to kick off the "Cancer Moonshot" a year ago. True to his word, as a private citizen Biden remains actively engaged. On Penn’s campus again on Feb. 28, he was one of several distinguished panelists who spoke at the David and Lyn Silfen University Forum.

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    When to Watch: The Complicated Choice of Prostate Cancer

    February 27, 2017

    Understandably, most patients diagnosed with cancer feel the faster they can get treatment, the better. That’s generally true, and the idea of putting off treatment in favor of “keeping an eye” on the disease is counter-intuitive to everything most people believe about cancer. Watching and waiting may seem scarier—but could it be the right move?

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    Can Big Data Help Cancer Patients Avoid ER Visits?

    January 27, 2017

    What if doctors could look into a crystal ball and predict which of their patients might be at risk of getting sick enough to go to the emergency room—and use that prediction to help patients get treatment more quickly, with a greater chance of returning home? For at least one group of patients, that’s exactly what researchers at Penn Medicine are trying to do.

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