Kimmel Cancer Center Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Kimmel Cancer Center (KCC) at Thomas Jefferson University was founded in 1991 and received its NCI designation in 1996. The mission of KCC is to: make transformational discoveries of the cellular and molecular biology of the malignant process and the individual’s and society’s response to it; effectively translate the latest research discoveries and clinical trials to provide the highest quality of care to all patients including those of diverse ethnic and racial populations; and provide expert and humanitarian care to cancer patients, their families, and those at risk.
With over 400 members, the Center provides oncology research, patient care, education, and health information services for Thomas Jefferson University, the University Hospital, Methodist Hospital, and the Kimmel Cancer Center Network with 22 hospital and practice partners. The research faculty is committed to discovering cancer risk factors, designing effective prevention strategies, and learning how to detect cancers earlier. They are developing and testing the latest cancer treatments, targeted therapies that will improve both survival and quality of life.
There are six interdisciplinary research programs at the Center. Four programs are in the basic sciences: cancer cell biology and signaling, molecular biology and genetics, immunological mechanisms in cancer, and endocrine mechanisms and hormone action in cancer. Two programs are in clinical science: radiation research and translational biology, and gastrointestinal cancer.
The Center also conducts training programs in cancer research for both pre- and post-doctoral level students. The objective is to prepare graduate students for a career in cancer research. There are four Ph.D. programs associated with the KCC, and a significant majority of these students conduct their thesis research in KCC laboratories. Post-doctoral training is also conducted in the laboratories at the Center.
KCC has outreach programs to connect with cancer survivors and their families to address their emotional as well as physical health. The Center offers the assistance of Oncology Social Workers to support the entire family. There is also a Buddy Program in which trained survivors of cancer provide support and encouragement to patients who are newly diagnosed.
* This profile was provided by the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University.