Cancer Research

The path from innovation to implementation

Penn’s infrastructure in both supporting clinical research and forging commercial partnerships smooths the way from idea to approval.

Karen L. Brooks for Penn Medicine Magazine

Running and walking for oral cancer awareness

In a student-led effort, the School of Dental Medicine hosted the Oral Cancer Walk & 5K. The event has been an annual tradition since 2009, offering both a community celebration and a venue for discussing oral cancer prevention and detection.

Katherine Unger Baillie

A moment for men’s health

Since 2012, the Basser Center for BRCA at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center has been advancing lifesaving therapies and raising awareness of the risks faced by individuals with BRCA gene mutations.

Carter Johns

Can we intercept cancer?

Penn researchers are developing new ways to detect and “intercept” cancer from every angle, including basic science to understand the molecular changes that lead to cancer and developing new methods for finding it.

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In the News

Scientific American

Pancreatic cancer vaccine shows promise in small initial trial

Drew Weissman of the Perelman School of Medicine is supportive of findings about a pancreatic cancer vaccine, though he says larger studies are needed to determine effectiveness.


USA Today

Cutting-edge advances in cancer treatment are underway. Here are three that could change lives

Robert Vonderheide and Constantinos Koumenis of the Perelman School of Medicine discuss the major advancements occurring in cancer surgery and cancer radiation, two fundamental tools of cancer treatment.


The Wall Street Journal

Moderna, Merck show progress toward cancer vaccines

Robert Vonderheide of the Perelman School of Medicine says that a combined immunotherapy-vaccine approach could be a game changer for melanoma patients.


USA Today

In what could be a ‘big shift’ for cancer treatment, mRNA vaccine shows promise against melanoma

According to Robert Vonderheide of the Perelman School of Medicine, the pandemic proved that mRNA vaccines could be used safely and developed quickly.


Associated Press

Novel treatment shows promise against rare cancer in kids

Carl June of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on the success of a new study using CAR-T cell therapy to combat tumors in children with a rare kind of cancer.


Hindustan Times (Delhi)

T cells therapy in solid tumors shows improvement

A preclinical study by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine is using a novel “one-two punch” strategy to assist T cells in attacking solid tumors.