Penn Medicine’s Cancer Breakthrough

Just Approved: First-of-its-Kind Gene Therapy

Penn Medicine created the revolutionary gene therapy known as CAR-T cell. This is a type of immunotherapy that genetically alters a patient’s own immune cells to target and destroy their cancer. It is currently approved for patients up to the age of 25 years old with relapsed or refractory B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

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More Options for Treating Cancer

Our success in personalized cellular therapy does not stop with leukemia. We continue to test the limits and push the boundaries when it comes to battling cancer. That’s why the Abramson Cancer Center is ranked #1 in the region and top 10 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and is rated as “Exceptional” by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

We have multidisciplinary teams for each and every cancer, who provide state-of-the-art care and clinical trials, giving our patients the best treatment options available.

Advanced Cancer Treatment Options


Abramson Cancer Center offers advanced treatment options for all forms of cancer, including:

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Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is a treatment that stimulates the body’s immune system to identify and fight cancer. Our specialists have experience in all types of immunotherapies including CAR-T cell therapy, vaccine therapy and checkpoint inhibitors.

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Proton Therapy

Proton therapy at Roberts Proton Therapy Center uses beams of protons to precisely target the tumor, limiting radiation exposure to normal, healthy tissue surrounding the cancer. It is part of a full range of advanced radiation treatment techniques available at Penn Medicine.

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Precision Surgery

TumorGlow™ is a promising new investigational technique to help surgeons see the entire tumor and detect cancer cells that could be missed during surgery. This technique is currently being tested at Penn Medicine's Center for Precision Surgery.

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Clinical Trials

Because of clinical trials, many of which can only be found at Penn, patients are benefiting from breakthrough therapies and treatments for cancer.

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Bone Marrow Transplant

The Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Penn Medicine is one of the oldest and largest programs in the country.

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We Can Help

Our nurses help ensure patients have access to the care and resources at Penn. They can help coordinate care among specialists who may be involved in a person's treatment plan. Connect with a nurse to discuss your best course for treatment.

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