Kimmel Cancer Center
Thomas Jefferson University
Richard G. Pestell, M.D., Ph.D.
233 South 10th Street
BLSB, Room 1050
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107-5799
Tel: (215) 503-5692
Fax: (215) 503-9334
Information on Kimmel Cancer Center Thomas Jefferson University
The mission of Thomas Jefferson University’s Kimmel Cancer Center, under the leadership of its new Director, Dr. Richard G. Pestell, M.B.B.S., M.D., Ph.D., FRACP, is to increase the survival and quality of life of cancer patients by translating laboratory discoveries into new strategies to prevent, diagnose, monitor and cure human cancer. A major focus is to translate discoveries made at the Kimmel Cancer Center in the areas of genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, structural biology, pharmacology, and immunology into novel modalities for prevention and treatment.

If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, the experienced urologists and surgeons in Philadelphia at Jefferson Hospitals’ Multidisciplinary Genitourinary Oncology Center and the Kimmel Cancer Center can carefully guide you through the available treatment options to address all your medical, emotional and spiritual needs.

Our Multidisciplinary Genitourinary Oncology Center is one of a handful of centers in the U.S. dedicated to advanced patient care for prostate, bladder, kidney, testicular and other urologic cancers.

Jefferson Hospitals in Philadelphia offers one of the Delaware Valley’s most comprehensive portfolios of diagnostic and treatment options for prostate cancer. In addition to state-of-the-art prostate imaging and biopsy services, we deliver a full complement of treatments, including:

  • Brachytherapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Cryotherapy
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
  • Radiation therapy
  • Robotic-assisted prostatectomy
  • Vaccine therapy

When indicated, a prostatectomy can be performed either laparoscopically or via open surgery. Jefferson physicians were the first in the Delaware Valley to remove the prostate laparoscopically, and have extensive experience with and numerous scientific publications on the use of the da Vinci® Surgical System.

If your treatment involves radiation therapy, you will be treated at the Bodine Center for Radiation Therapy. It is the region’s busiest radiation oncology center and focuses the collaborative efforts of highly accomplished radiation oncologists, surgeons, medical oncologists and other specialists in leading-edge cancer treatments including radiation implants, high-dose remote afterloading, intra-operative radiation therapy and hypothermia.

While hormone therapy has been the standard of treatment for advanced prostate cancer for more than 60 years, recently we have had good outcomes with androgen ablation through various means for patients with earlier stages of disease. The strongest evidence to date involves the use of hormonal therapy in combination with radiation therapy. Finally, the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson was the first in the area to offer sipuleucel-T (Provenge®), an exciting new immunotherapy treatment that has been shown in clinical trials to extend survival for patients with advanced prostate cancer.

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New Extended Hours to Call for an Appointment:
8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday

To schedule an appointment with a Jefferson University Hospital physician, please choose one of the following four options:

  1. Talk to a JEFF NOW® representative
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  2. Call 1-800-533-3669
    Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals’ Physician Referral Service** Speech- or hearing-impaired callers can access JEFF NOW by calling 1-800-654-5984
  3. U.S. Patients – complete the online appointment request form

  4. International Patients (those who live in the U.S. or abroad, but whose health insurance is with an international provider) – complete the online appointment request form

To schedule a radiology exam at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, please call 1-800-TJU-1662 (1-800-858-1662) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

To schedule PET/CT services through Jefferson Outpatient Imaging, please call1-866-JEFF-PET.

*Source: National Cancer Institute; Kimmel Cancer Center Thomas Jefferson University

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