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Fox Chase Cancer Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1.888.FOX CHASE (1.888.369.2427)
www.foxchase.org

Adult Oncology Services

Introduction

Multidisciplinary Teams

Multidisciplinary teams work together to provide a coordinated approach to treatment to meet the needs of every patient.

Special Expertise

Specialty Centers include:

  • Risk Assessment Program for people with a family history and other risk factors for specific cancers (breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, gastrointestinal cancers, and melanoma)
  • Multidisciplinary treatment programs for adult solid tumors and hematologic malignancies
  • Pain and Palliative Care Program
  • Women’s Cancer Center
  • Other areas of expertise include:
  • Advanced laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgical techniques, including robot-assisted surgery with da Vinci
  • Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS)
  • Transoral laser surgery
  • Maxillofacial prosthetics, microsurgery, and reconstruction for head and neck cancers
  • Advanced breast reconstruction using tissue-transfer procedures
  • Immunotherapy with specially developed antibodies or therapeutic vaccines
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Interventional bronchoscopy and radiology
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Endoscopic ultrasound and various interventional endoscopy procedures for gastrointestinal cancers


Fox Chase's state-of-the-art radiation oncology department offers advanced and precise treatment delivery with the newest technologies. Fox Chase physicians are leaders in using image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) and have the most experience in the Philadelphia region with intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). In addition, Fox Chase developed three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT). The Center also offers advanced stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS/SRT); brachytherapy (both high-dose and low-dose for implanted radiation therapy delivery); and high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), which allows for the heating and ablation of tumors.

Simulation technology includes CT simulation, MR simulation and PET/CT simulation allowing for the most precise radiation treatment planning available. A full spectrum of image-guided technology for localization includes BAT (B-mode Acquisition and Targeting) ultrasound, CT-on-Rails and Calypso 4-D Localization System, all allowing for verification of exact positioning before and during treatment, ensuring accurate and precise treatment delivery.

Fox Chase maintains the most advanced equipment, including Trilogy by Varian with Rapid Arc, GE Oncology Wide Bore 16-slice simulator, and GE 1.5T MR with spectroscopy capabilities and high intensity ultrasound.

In addition, Fox Chase Cancer Center opened a state-of-the-art radiation oncology facility in Buckingham, Bucks County, Pa., in July 2009. Fox Chase Cancer Center Buckingham offers patients the latest advances in radiation therapy, including Cyberknife, the first radiosurgery system to target tumors with pinpoint accuracy anywhere in the body. Fox Chase Cancer Center Buckingham gives Bucks County residents more convenient access to Fox Chase's nationally recognized cancer treatment regimens, along with innovative care, clinical trials, cancer risk assessment, and all the resources of a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center.

General Information

General Information

1.888.FOX.CHASE (1.888.369.2427)

Referring Physician Line

1.888.FOX.CHASE (1.888.369.2427)

Location

Philadelphia, PA

Facility

Campus is in Northeast Philadelphia.

Travel Assistance

Travel assistance is offered. Call 215.728.3628.

Lodging

Available through furnished apartments and local hotels that offer a special rate for patients and their families. In addition, the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge of the American Cancer Society offers lodging at no cost for cancer patients being treated in the Philadelphia area. Hope Lodge is located at 110 W. Laurel Avenue, Cheltenham, PA 19012, just minutes from Fox Chase Cancer Center. To make lodging arrangements, call 215.728.3628.

Treatment

Multidisciplinary Clinics

Clinic

Contact Number

Gastrointestinal Cancers
Genitourinary Cancers
Head and Neck Cancers
Hematologic Cancers
Lung Cancer
Neuroendocrine Cancers
Neurological Cancers
Pigmented Skin Lesions
Sarcomas

Women's Cancer Center
Radiation Oncology
Fox Chase Cancer Center Buckingham
Department of Medicine (dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, psychiatry, pulmonology)

215.728.2570








215.728.3001
215.728.3815
215.794.2700


215.214.1411

 

Stem-Cell Transplant Program

The Fox Chase-Temple Bone-Marrow Transplant Program offers bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cell transplantation, including collection and laboratory processing. The program has performed more than 1,300 transplants since opening in 1988. It occupies a state-of-the-art facility at Jeanes Hospital, an affiliate of the Temple University Health System, and is located adjacent to Fox Chase Cancer Center. The program offers both autologous (self-donor) and allogeneic (donor) transplants in adults. Allogeneic transplants may come from either matched related or matched unrelated donors. The Fox Chase-Temple Bone-Marrow Transplant Program offers treatment protocols for patients aged 16 through 70. For patients over 40 or those who do not qualify for high-intensity regimens, low-intensity or mini-transplant programs are available using matched related or unrelated donors.

The Fox Chase-Temple program is fully accredited by the National Marrow Donor Program and the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT), which has awarded the program its prestigious Level I status.

Cancer Prevention and Screening

Risk Assessment Program

1.877.627.9684

Services of Fox Chase's Risk Assessment Program include education, a personal review of one's risk for cancer, screening and screening recommendations, and counseling about genetic testing, if appropriate. The program is part of the Center’s Department of Clinical Genetics, which builds on the success of Fox Chase's Margaret Dyson Family Risk Assessment Program. Established in 1991 by Mary Daly, MD, PhD, FACP, for those at high risk of breast and ovarian cancers, the Dyson program was one of the first programs in the nation to offer screening, education, and counseling to healthy people at increased genetic risk for disease. Since then, Fox Chase has expanded risk assessment services to those at high risk for prostate and gastrointestinal cancers as well as melanoma.

Screening in the Community
Fox Chase’s Office of Health Communications and Health Disparities provides community education and on-site screening by partnering with community organizations, religious institutions, support groups, corporations, senior living sites, and health clinics throughout the Philadelphia area. Fox Chase has the only mobile mammography van equipped with digital mammography in the Philadelphia region. For more information, call 215.728.3554.

Support Services
1.888.FOX CHASE (1.888.369.2427)
This toll-free phone line gives easy access to Fox Chase for patients and family members. An oncology-certified nurse answers questions about cancer, treatment options, and more Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Live Help
Patients and family members can connect with a trained cancer education specialist online to get answers to cancer-related questions in real time. This service is available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. At all other times, users may e-mail their questions and receive a response within one to two business days. Visit www.foxchase.org/cancer/liveHelp.html.

Nurse Navigators
Experienced, oncology-certified nurses help patients navigate through scheduling and treatment from their first call to Fox Chase. Navigators help patients prepare for their first visit; understand their diagnosis and answer any clinical questions; expedite care, when possible; introduce patients to their care team; help resolve issues, such as transportation, financial concerns, and language barriers; and act as an advocate and educator throughout the treatment journey.

Social Work Services
215-728-2668
This department offers professional counseling and support for patients and families in coping with cancer at all stages of diagnosis and treatment. Practical problems are also addressed such as transportation, accommodations for family members, nursing home placement, insurance, and financial concerns.

Support Groups

Social Work Services offers a number of support groups for patients and their families. These include:

Bereavement Support Group: Offers support for families dealing with the loss of a loved one to cancer.

Breast Cancer Support Group: Offers support to women with a diagnosis of breast cancer. Participants can join at any time during or after treatment for support, information and sharing.

Esophagectomy Support Group: Helps esophagectomy patients learn about this procedure and offers a forum for sharing their experiences with others. Group is composed of newly diagnosed people, people undergoing treatment, and post-treatment patients who can share successful ways of coping.

Head & Neck Support Group: Offers education and support for patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy for head and neck cancer. Family members are also welcomed. Educational services are provided by a speech therapist, physical therapist, clinical nurse specialist, and social worker.

Kidney Cancer Support Group: Co-sponsored by the Kidney Cancer Association to offer support for people diagnosed with kidney cancer.

Kids' Night Out: Offers school-aged children the chance to address general issues related to parental cancer through art and play activities. There is a group for parents that meets at the same time.

Laryngectomy Group ("The Speak Eezy Club of Delaware Valley"): Provides free speech therapy and psychosocial support to patients and their families.

Look Good… Feel Better: This free program, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, helps women cancer patients learn new ways of dealing with changes in appearance that may occur throughout chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Licensed cosmetologists with special training related to skin care, hair loss and nail care teach makeup, hair styling, and grooming techniques. Participants practice these techniques using products donated by the cosmetic industry.

Ostomy Support Group: Offers support for patients who have had surgery, such as a colostomy or ileostomy.

For more information about support groups at Fox Chase, call 215.728.2668.

Supportive Care

Cancer Fatigue Program
215-728-2592
Fox Chase offers a 12-week program for cancer patients who have fatigue that gets in the way of activities, exercise, or thinking. The program features guest speakers and includes group exercise, talks, and mindfulness sessions. Cost is $60 and financial assistance is available.

Nutrition Support Services
215.728.4756
Nutrition Support Services at Fox Chase provides nutrition assessment and evaluation for patients receiving specialized nutrition such as enteral or parenteral nutrition. The service is directed by a doctor who specializes in oncologic gastroenterology and provided by a registered, licensed dietitian specializing in nutrition support. Services are available to both inpatients and outpatients.

Outpatient Nutrition Clinic
215.728.2600
Cancer patients being treated on an outpatient basis have access to Fox Chase's Outpatient Nutrition Clinic, available on Friday afternoons. Patients may make an appointment for a one-on-one consultation with the dietitian if they are having trouble maintaining their weight during treatment or have other nutrition questions or problems. There is no referral or payment required for the service. Patients needing help may call to speak with the dietitian at any time.

Pain and Palliative Care Program
215.728.3544
This program provides palliative care and pain management for patients at any time during their illness, often starting at diagnosis. One of the few such centers in the nation, the staff develops an individual care plan to provide the fastest pain relief in the most effective way with the fewest side effects. Nurses are on call at all times, and provide intensive education and support for patients.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
215.728.2592
The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at Fox Chase offers occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and lymphedema therapy (using complete decongestive physiotherapy). Services are available to both inpatients and outpatients.

Respiratory Care
215-728-3515
Registered respiratory therapists (RRT) and certified respiratory therapy technicians (CRTT), under the direction of a pulmonary physician, help patients minimize heart and lung disease symptoms and maximize their strength. Respiratory care services are also important in caring for the critically ill and providing valuable diagnostic information for doctors.

Stress Management Program
215.214.3940
Fox Chase's stress management team includes two psychiatrists and one psychologist who are experienced in treating the psychological symptoms often reported by cancer patients. These symptoms can include depression, anxiety, irritability, extreme fatigue, difficulty sleeping, impaired concentration, lack of interest or decreased ability to experience joy, and difficulties with substance use. Individually-tailored programs may include the medical management of symptoms related to depression or anxiety, brief cognitive-behavioral therapy to fine-tune or add new coping strategies to a patient's "tool bag," and instruction in simple stress management and relaxation techniques.

Survivor Clinics
Through Fox Chase's Survivor Clinics, advance practice clinicians continue to provide care and address the needs of patients who have completed their cancer treatment. For more information, call 1.888.FOX CHASE (1.888.369.2427).

Cooperative Group Membership

Cooperative Group Membership List

  • American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG)
  • National Cancer Institute's Clinical Trials Support Unit (CTSU)
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG)
  • Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG)
  • Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG)
  • Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG)

Activities in Cooperative Group

Committee chairs and membership

Average Number of Adult Clinical Trials

200

Clinical and Research Efforts

In February 2008, Fox Chase launched the Keystone Programs for Collaborative Discovery, a suite of innovative team-based cancer research initiatives seeking to accelerate the pace of medical progress against cancer. Fox Chase launched the Institute for Personalized Medicine in May 2009 to match emerging targeted drug therapies to the unique genetic profiles of individual patient tumors on a much larger scale than previously possible. And in June 2011, Fox Chase formally established its Cancer Genome Institute to provide genomic sequencing technology to analyze each patient's tumor genome. The results can then provide oncologists with information that can be used to guide treatment or steer the patient to appropriate drug trials. Learn more about research initiatives at Fox Chase by visiting www.foxchase.org/research/.

For information about clinical trials at Fox Chase, visit:

www.foxchase.org/cancer/clinicalTrials

www.protonet.fccc.edu/

Adult Oncology Program*

No. of Inpatient Beds (Medical/Surgical)

No. of Admissions

Average Length of Stay (days)

No. of Outpatient Visits

No. of Oncologists (Medical, Radiation, and Surgical)

100

4,827

4.73

88,497

93 (including oncology fellows)

*Data is for the 2011 FY (July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011)