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Published by Jefferson Health New Jersey, 2017-01-03 16:04:14

Kennedy Health Cancer Center 2015

KENNEDY HEALTH
CANCER CENTER

2015 ANNUAL REPORT

More than just a treatment center,
the Kennedy Cancer Center offers
extensive programs and services
to support hope and healing for
cancer survivors, cancer patients
and their families. Our exceptional
medical care helps make us one of
the region’s most respected cancer
treatment programs.

Dear Friends,

It is with great pride that we submit our 2015 Annual Report to the Kennedy community,
Board of Trustees, physicians and staff. Kennedy continues to provide state-of-the-art cancer
care across all three campuses. Patients benefit from the collaborative efforts of surgical
experts, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, and pathologists to
precisely manage their condition. This coordination of care is further supplemented with
nutritional, social, and financial support, as well as Physical Therapy services.

As cancer treatment becomes more personalized, so do we at Kennedy. Our nurse navigators
and clinical research nurses are dedicated to guiding the patient from diagnosis to survivorship.

Cancer research has increased significantly in recent years, and deeper discoveries yield
a new understanding of how and why cancer occurs, and how to best target its growth. We
have more tools, technology and therapies than ever before to improve cancer prevention,
diagnosis and treatment.

The pages ahead unveil stories of successful cancer care at Kennedy. Two studies highlighted
in our report focus on quality measures and how we provide the best care to our patients.
The first explores the diligent task of evaluating patients who are undergoing mastectomy
with reconstruction, and assessing their greater potential for a favorable outcome if provided
education and means of smoking cessation. Physicians, nurses, and family all play a key role
in keeping the patient smoke-free, allowing for better healing, as well as other health benefits.
The second investigates the 30-day readmission rate for patients undergoing radiation,
and for those with lung cancer in particular. We looked at reasons for hospitalization and
what interventions can take place to optimize care in the outpatient setting. There are many
supportive measures, such as pain control and hydration, that help patients live better and
longer, and our best efforts are put forth to ensure all patients are offered unsurpassed care.

The Kennedy Cancer Program is proud of the outstanding care we provide and to share our
success stories in this annual report. We aspire to touch as many lives as possible in our
ever-reaching goal to conquer cancer. We owe it to our patients and their loved ones.

Sincerely,

Trina A. Poretta, D.O., FACOI Joseph W. Devine, FACHE
Chair, Cancer Committee President & CEO

1

PENN CANCER NETWORK

As a member of the Penn Cancer Network since 2008, Kennedy’s
comprehensive community cancer program has developed a
collaborative and complementary alignment with Penn Medicine’s
Abramson Cancer Center in Philadelphia, an NCI-designated
Comprehensive Cancer Center. Through this relationship, Kennedy
physicians, staff, and patients have had access to the latest research
and treatments available at an academic tertiary care center to
complement the community-based diagnostic and treatment
services available at the Kennedy Cancer Center.
By partnering with Penn, the Kennedy Cancer Center was able to
offer highly specialized services and research activities, such as
bone marrow transplants and proton therapy services.

2

COMPREHENSIVE BREAST CENTER

The Kennedy Comprehensive Breast Center, located within the Kennedy Cancer, provides
diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant conditions of the breast.
Our breast surgeons work collaboratively with patients and their referring physicians to
accurately diagnose and treat various breast diseases. Kennedy Comprehensive Breast Center
physicians and staff are committed to empowering patients, enabling them to participate in
decisions regarding their care.
Breast health is multifaceted, as is our treatment approach. Our primary goal is to ensure
that patients who entrust their care to the Kennedy Comprehensive Breast Center receive the
highest level of services possible.
Kennedy’s program is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers
(NAPBC). This accreditation is granted only to those centers that have voluntarily committed to
provide the highest quality care to patients with diseases of the breast. Each Center must undergo
a rigorous evaluation and review of its performance and compliance with the NAPBC standards.

3

FEMALE BREAST CANCER

Survival Rates Study

A study on female breast cancers was conducted by Kennedy University Hospital (KUH) Cancer
Committee in 2015, using data collected by the Tumor Registry Office. The long-term study of 493
analytic female breast cancer cases was comprised of data from patients diagnosed between January
1, 2009 to December 31, 2012, comprised. Medical surveillance was accomplished for all patients.

Variables examined across the study included: age distribution, stage at diagnosis, first course of
therapy, survival rates and Body Mass Index (BMI). (Note: 80 percent of breast cancer patients in the
study group were noted as being overweight or obese).

The Tumor Registry Office compared the data to national standards using the American College of
Surgeons National Cancer Data Base, as well as the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Surveillance,
Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program.

This comparison showed female breast cancer patients seen at Kennedy demonstrated higher
survival rates when compared to national survival rates.

FIGURE I

Age Distribution of Analytic

Female Breast Cancer Cases

30% 28% 27%
25% 23%25%

20% 15%17% 19% 17%
15%

10% 6% 4% 40-49 50-59 60-69 70-79 7% 9% 2%1%
15% 23% 28% 19%
5% 30-39 17% 25% 27% 17% 80-89 90+
6% 7% 2%
0% 0%0% 4% 9% 1%
Under 29

KUH 0%
NCI 0%

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20% 15%17% 19% 17%
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70% Distribution of Female Breast Cancer
60% Diagnosed by Stage
50%
40% 61% 61%
30%
20% Localized 31% 32% 8% 6% 0% 2%
10% 61%
61% Regional Distant Unknown
0% 31% 8% 0%
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FIGURE VNCI

Body Mass Index (BMI

60% 51%
50%

40%

30% 28%

20% 19%

10% 2%
0%

Body Mass Index

Below 18.5% (Underweight) 18.5-24.9% (Normal)
25-29.9% (Overweight) 30% + (Overweight)

Figure V illustrates that 79 percent of female breast cancer patients at KUH were classified
as being overweight or obese. According to the NCCN Guidelines, there is strong evidence to
suggest that active lifestyle and maintaining an ideal body weight (20-25 BMI) may lead
to optimal breast cancer outcomes.

Discussion: The most important prognostic determinants of five-year survival are the
following: tumor grade, local extent of the tumor, presence of regional nodal metastases,
and evidence of metastatic disease at presentation. Data collected within the registry show
breast cancer patients with the same morphologic and histologic manifestation can have a
lower survival rate due to comorbidities. This study showed that survival rates at KUH were
above the published benchmark outcomes when compared to the American College of
Surgeons National Cancer Data Base.

7

CANCER REGISTRY REPORT

Eight hundred eighty-eight (888) patients diagnosed with cancer were seen and treated at
Kennedy University Hospital in 2014. Of these patients, 678 were analytic cases, while 210
were non-analytic cases; 413 were men and 475 were women. Data from our cancer registry
is submitted to the N.J. State Cancer Registry, as well as the National Cancer Database, in
accordance with standard guidelines. This data is used for planning national and statewide
cancer prevention and control activities, as well as studies conducted at Kennedy Health in
the care and prevention of cancer-related diseases.

The top five sites for cancer treatment at Kennedy University Hospital in 2014 were: Breast
(138), Lung (125), Colorectal (65), Bladder (58) and Prostate (53) cancers. The most frequent
stage at which these patients presented was as follows: Breast (Stage I), Lung (Stage IV),
Colorectal (Stage IV), Bladder (Stage 0) and Prostate (Stage II).

The goal of the registry is to provide accurate and timely data to healthcare providers and
administration for use in studies, research and planning.

Cancer Cases Percentages by Disease Site

Breast 20%
Lung 18%
Colorectal 10%
Bladder 9%
Prostate 8%
Other Cancers 35%

Cancer Cases by Stage Bladder Cancer Cases by Stage

8 kennedyhealth.org 60% 57%
50%

Cases Percentages by Disease Site

Breast Cancer Cases by Stage Blad

50% 44% Breast 20% 60% 57%
40% Lung 18% 50%
40%
30% Colorectal 10% 30%
20%
20% 14% 16B%ladder 9% 10% 9% 10%
10% Prostate 8%7%

0% Other Cancers 35% 0%
Stage 0 Stage I Stage II Stage III Stage IV Unknown Stage 0

Lung Cancer Cases by Stage Pros

age 60% Bladder Cancer Cases by St5a3g%e 60%
50% 50%
6400%% 57%
40%
5300%% 30%
4200%%
3100%% 12% 276%% 20% 20%
200%% 16% 6% 10%
10% 9% 2%
0% 0%
10% Stage 0 Stage I Stage II Stage III Stage IV Unknown
Stage 0

0% 0% 1% 0%

age IV Unknown Stage 0 Stage I Stage II Stage III Stage IV Unknown

Colorectal Cancer Cases by Stage

ge 30% Prostate Cancer Cases by St2a5%ge
23% 22%
53% 25% 55%
6200%%
5105%%
4100%% 12% 9% 9
9%
305%%

0% 0%
Stage 0 Stage I Stage II Stage III Stage IV Unknown Stage 0

Breast Cancer Cases by Stage Blad

50% 44% 60% 57%

age 40% Bladder Cancer Cases by Stage 50%

6300%% 57% 40%

5200%% 14% Lung Cance1r6%Cases by Stage 30% Pros
46100%% 7% 5130%% 6200%%
350% 26% 9% 5100%%

10% 2400%% Stage 0 S1ta6g%e I Stage II Stage III Stage IV Unknown 400%% Stage 0

9% 130% 30%

20% 200%% 1% 0% 20%

age IV Unknown 10% Stage 0 St1a2g%e I Stage II Stage III Stage IV Unknown 10%
2% 7% 6%

0% 0% 0%

Stage 0 Stage I Stage II Stage III Stage IV Unknown Stage 0

Lung Cancer Cases by Stage Pros

60% 53% 60%

ge 50% Prostate Cancer Cases by Stage 50%

53% 6400%% 55% 40%
6% 5300%% 30%
Colorectal Cancer Cases by Stage
43200%% 20% 20%
321050%% 2% 12% 7% 25% 6% 10%
200%% Stage 0 23% 22%
105% S1ta7g%e I Stage II St1a1g%e III 0% 0%
10% 09%% 12% Stage 0
Stage IV Unknown
8% 9%
9%
age IV Unknown 5% Stage 0 Stage I Stage II Stage III Stage IV Unknown

0%
Stage 0 Stage I Stage II Stage III Stage IV Unknown

Colorectal Cancer Cases by Stage

Stage 30% 23% 22% 25%
25%
20%

25% 15% 12%
10% 9%
9%

5%

9% 0%
Stage 0 Stage I Stage II Stage III Stage IV Unknown

age IV Source: Kennedy Cancer Registry, 2014 data

Unknown

10

THE KENNEDY CANCER CENTER
COMPREHENSIVE BREAST PROGRAM LEADERSHIP TEAM - 2015

Eduardo Careaga, MD Medical Director, Breast Cancer Program

Louise Baca, RN, MSN Administrator, Cancer Program
Jennifer Conaway, RDMS Ultrasonographer
Janice Decina, RT (R) (MR) MRI Coordinator
Joseph DeLaurentis, MD Radiologist
Brian Duffy, PT, DPT, MSPT Director, Rehabilitation Services
Janusz Godyn, MD Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Eric Gonzalez, RN, BSN, OCN Oncology Nurse Navigator
Abigale Hassel, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C Oncology Social Worker
Susan Hollywood Office Manager, Breast Cancer Program
Carolyn Horowitz, MD, PhD Radiation Oncology
Marsha Kalb, RT (R) (M) Lead Mammography Technologist
William Klinepeter, CTR Cancer Registry Director
Jun Liu, MD, PhD Breast Specific Pathologist
Jean McDermott, APN Nurse Practitioner, Breast Cancer Program
Trina Poretta, DO Medical Oncology
Karen Swenson, RN, OCN Oncology Clinical Research Coordinator
Elizabeth Wilkie, RN, MSN Penn Cancer Network Administrator

1111

RADIATION ONCOLOGY
AT KENNEDY HEALTH

Radiation Oncology at Kennedy Health offers In addition, Kennedy offers a comprehensive
excellence and expertise in radiation therapy brachytherapy program for skin, GYN and
close to home for patients in southern New breast cancers. Brachytherapy allows radiation
Jersey. Last year, close to 7,000 radiation oncologists to deliver high doses of radiation
treatments were delivered to patients at the using a radioactive source, compared to
Radiation Oncology Center at Kennedy. Services, conventional radiation therapy (external beam
such as consultation and second-opinion, radiation). Brachytherapy treatment may cause
supportive care and symptom management, fewer side effects than external beam radiation,
are offered to ensure patients receive the most and the overall treatment time is usually shorter.
complete and collaborative patient-centered
care. At Kennedy, patients will receive personalized As one of the premier radiation centers in
cancer care tailored to their specific diagnosis southern New Jersey offering High-Dose Rate
using advanced technology with a full-range of (HDR) treatments for skin cancer and HDR
radiation oncology treatment options including: brachytherapy for breast and GYN, Kennedy
provides personalized treatment options to
• RapidArc Volumetric Arc Therapy (VMAT) achieve the best possible outcomes. Our
• Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) collaborative and integrated team of experts
• Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) includes physicians, nurses, physicists,
• Skin High-Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy dosimetrists, radiation therapists, nutritionists
• Breast HDR Brachytherapy and social workers dedicated to offering
• GYN HDR Brachytherapy excellence and a seamless patient experience.

Kennedy Cancer Center offers Varian’s True-
Beam® technology. This state-of-the-art linear
accelerator uses a very precise method of
delivering VMAT and IMRT using image guidance
to ensure the tumor is targeted accurately. This
means patients receive the dose of radiation
required to effectively treat their cancer, while
minimizing exposure to normal tissue and other
organs in the area.

12

LOW-DOSE CT LUNG SCREENINGS (LDCT)

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States and can
be treated and cured when detected at an early stage. Until recently, routine lung cancer
screening had not been performed and many people were often in the late stage of the
disease at the time of diagnosis. The National Lung Screening Trial, published in August
2011, found people were 16 to 20 percent less likely to die from lung cancer when screened
with LDCT.
In 2015, Kennedy’s Lung Screening Program screened 241 people with Low-Dose CT. Of
those screened, three were diagnosed with lung cancer and one was later to be diagnosed
with Angiosarcoma. (On average, it takes 320 scans for every lung cancer diagnosis.)
Of the screened patients, 124 were identified as having pulmonary nodules, with 37 of those
nodules being greater than or equal to 7mm. In addition, incidental findings were noted
which resulted in additional follow-up imaging.
For more information on Kennedy’s CT Lung Screening Program, please call 856/218-5565.

13

COMPREHENSIVE CANCER
& HEMATOLOGY SPECIALISTS, PC

Comprehensive Cancer and Hematology
Specialists (CCHS) is a private practice of six
board-certified hematologists and medical
oncologists, and a physician’s assistant. Their
spacious and friendly office is located on the
second floor of the Kennedy Cancer Center.
This practice accommodates patients’ various
needs, including chemotherapy and education,
intravenous iron therapy, targeted therapy for
autoimmune disorders, phlebotomy, lab draws
and genetic testing. Family and/or friends are
welcome to be a part of the office visit. In
addition to their office work, CCHS provides
consultative and primary services at each of
the three Kennedy hospitals.

Oncology- and chemo-certified nurses facilitate Patients also have access to clinical trials that
education, treatment, symptom management and provide the opportunity to receive a potentially
the social support necessary for oncology care. better treatment option than the current
Advancement in medical research has led to standard of care. Cancer treatment requires
the use of several oral chemotherapy drugs, the coordination of several medical and surgical
and our nursing staff is very experienced in specialists, and CCHS doctors maintain open
acquiring the often-challenging authorization lines of communication with those physicians,
of these medications. In addition to follow-up as well as the patient’s primary care physician,
visits, phone calls are made regularly to to provide seamless care. CCHS staff is courteous
ensure the patient is tolerating their specific and attentive to patients and their families, from
chemotherapy regimen well. Our patients are diagnosis to completion of therapy, and on to
monitored each step of the way. survivorship.

14

KENNEDY CANCER SURVIVORS DAY/
HOPE & HEALING 5K RUN/WALK

15

JOINING HANDS IN THE

CELEBRATIONOF LIFE

Since 2011, Kennedy’s Cancer Survivors Day has June 7, 2015, marked Kennedy’s 5th annual
provided the community with an event honoring Cancer Survivors Day, and to recognize this
and recognizing cancer survivors in many special special occasion, this year’s event included:
ways. Held on the first Sunday in June (National the Cancer Survivors 5K Run/Walk. The USATF-
Cancer Survivors Day®) Kennedy’s event has certified 5K course, which runs through
grown bigger, and more successful, each year. Washington Lake Park, provides the perfect
backdrop for a family outing, as well as an ideal
Held at Washington Lake Park in Washington setting for the serious runner who enjoys a
Township – a location providing plenty of challenging USATF-certified race course and
space for the many fun-filled, family themed chip timing.
activities – Kennedy’s Cancer Survivors Day
offers participants of any age a host of activities With close to 400 registrants joining in this
to enjoy throughout the day: inaugural 5K event, more than $25,000 was
raised to support the Kennedy Cancer Center’s
• The Survivors Lap is a special part of the Patient Assistance Fund, which provides needed
day’s event, providing survivors and their loved assistance to Kennedy patients experiencing
ones a walk to honor those living with cancer. financial challenges. The Patient Assistance Fund
Washington Lake Park’s walking path is transformed provides patients and their families with financial
into a Circle of Life, where brightly colored support by paying for non-medical expenses,
decorations and messages of love, recognition, such as, mortgage, rent, utilities, transportation
and thanks are displayed along the path. As and food.
people walk the lap, names of those living with
cancer are recited, and love and support are felt
by all throughout this very personal journey.

• Every year, survivors help create a personalized,
signature art piece to tie in with each Cancer
Survivors Day. Some of their many creations have
included paintings, quilts and healing gardens.
By recognizing the day with words of hope and
inspiration, survivors celebrate their own deeply
personal journey living with cancer.

16

THE CENTER FOR HOPE & HEALING
AT THE KENNEDY CANCER CENTER

The Center for Hope & Healing, located on the Being diagnosed with cancer is a life-changing
second floor of the Kennedy Cancer Center, experience and, with that in mind, the Kennedy
provides a comforting and caring environment. Cancer Center team focuses on offering free
With a “living room” atmosphere, the center is monthly educational activities and events
not only a place for individual reflection, but also a presented by oncology professionals.
haven where patients can share their experiences Presentations highlight all types of cancer and
with other survivors, as well as speak with cancer-related topics, including prevention,
oncology professionals about their concerns. detection and treatment. The Center for Hope
& Healing also has a resource library and a
Unique to our program is a large multi-purpose Web-source library with valuable information
room where cancer patients and their family for patients and their families.
members can participate in various activities.
Geared specifically toward survivors, activities The Kennedy Cancer Center’s programs and
are offered for patients who are either actively activities have expanded significantly over
undergoing or have completed cancer treatment. the years, and our goal is to continue offering
Free to patients, activities include: yoga, new and different programs that enrich and
massage, mindfulness, chair yoga, dance, enhance the lives of our patients, their family
visualization, art therapy, horticultural therapy members and caregivers.
and much more.
For more information, visit www.kennedycancer.org

17

ART DISCOVERY CLASS INAUGURAL
CANCER SURVIVOR ART EXHIBIT

Art therapy is the use of art to promote healing. It is part of the Kennedy Cancer Center’s
ongoing effort to provide the community with a variety of body, mind and spirit offerings at
the Center for Hope & Healing. Weekly “Art Discovery” classes help cancer survivors express
their feelings during and after treatment, as well as explore the meditative and playful qualities
inherent in creating art.

Mary Barnett, a South Jersey-based professional artist and teacher, instructs people living with
cancer and their caregivers – beginners or experienced alike – to express their thoughts and
feelings through art. Together, their creativity emerges in a supportive
and peaceful environment. The curriculum is ever-expanding and
based on the participant’s input, allowing deepening of the
experience in portraiture, still life, animal drawing, abstract,
and other art forms.

The program, which began in September 2014, culminated
in an inaugural art show featuring the students’ work, opening
in tandem with the 6th Annual Tree of Lights Remembrance
Celebration ceremony on November 11, 2015. With more
than 200 community members in attendance, the art exhibit
was enthusiastically received and displayed throughout
the month of December at the Kennedy Cancer Center.
The wonderful response to the inaugural art exhibit was a
spirited validation of participants’ creative output, as well
as validation of their emotional and spiritual journey
as cancer survivors.

18

KENNEDY CANCER CENTER Lymphedema Specialists at Kennedy
SERVICES DIRECTORY
Provides early and continuing treatment for
American Cancer Society Programs patients with Lymphedema.
at Kennedy’s Center for Hope & Healing 856/256-7871

ACS “Look Good...Feel Better” Oncology Nurse Navigator Program
800/227-2345
Oncology Certified Nurse and Oncology Certified
Cancer Registry Social Worker assist patients in navigating
through the health care system, from diagnosis
The Cancer Registry captures a complete to treatment, and follow-up care.
clinical and demographic summary of patients’ 856/218-5324
history, diagnosis, treatment, health status, pro-
viding a lifetime follow-up for Kennedy Outpatient Imaging Center
cancer patients.
856/218-5236 Offers a complete array of outpatient imaging
services, including: PET Scan, Magnetic Resonance
Center for Hope & Healing Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), DEXA,
Ultrasound, Radiography, Digital Mammography.
Support Groups & Cancer Education Weekend and evening hours available.
Programs for patients and their families. 856/582-3130
856/218-5777
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Clinical Trials & Research
Provides diagnosis and prognostic data,
Provides patients access to clinical research employing microscopic examination and
and prevention trials. molecular techniques, on biopsy tissue and
856/218-5790 surgically removed tumors.
856/488-6560
Comprehensive Breast Center
Radiation Oncology at Kennedy
Provides supportive care in a clinically
advanced environment for various conditions Provides advanced technology – including 3-D
of the breast, both benign and malignant. treatment planning, High-Dose Rate Brachytherapy
856/218-2100 (HDR), and Intensity Modulated Radiation
Therapy (IMRT) – to treat certain types of cancer
Comprehensive Cancer & Hematology with both internal and external modalities.
Specialists, PC 856/582-3008

Practice located in the Kennedy Cancer Oncology Social Work Services
Center provides an array of individualized
medical treatment options for those battling Oncology Certified Social Worker provides caring
cancer and blood disorders. support and assistance in resolving insurance
856/582-0550 and financial difficulties, obtaining medications,
and facilitating transportation.
Fighting Men/Fighting Cancer 856/218-5322
Prostate Cancer Support Group
Nutritional Support Services
This confidential education and support
group offered by the Kennedy Cancer Outpatient Registered Dietitians provide
Center provides helpful information to nutritional support and counseling to patients
men and their caregivers. undergoing cancer treatment.
856/218-5777 866/224-0264

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2015 KENNEDY HEALTH
CANCER COMMITTEE

Trina Poretta, DO Medical Director, Medical Oncology

Louise Baca, RN, MSN Cancer Program Administrator
Nora Bollinger, MSN, RN, CMSRN Nursing Education
Eduardo Careaga, MD Breast Program Director, Breast Surgeon
Dana Earley, BA, MA Corporate Manager, Communications
Bill Klinepeter, CTR Cancer Registrar Director
Kathy Caruso Radiation Oncology
Larry Cohen, DO Surgeon
James D’Amico, DO Internal Medicine/Palliative Care
Trina Darrow, RN Nursing – Same Day Surgery
Lori DePersia, MD Radiology
Brian Duffy, PT, DPT, MSPT Director, Rehabilitation Services
Rev. Thomas Emmett, ARRT (R) (CT) B.S., MDIV Chaplain
Janusz J. Godyn, MD Pathology
Abigale Hassel, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C Oncology Social Worker
Taylor Hessler, BS, BA Cancer Registry Assistant
Carolyn Horowitz, MD, PhD Radiation Oncology
Deanna Janora, MD Pain Management
Taryn Jones, R. Ed American Cancer Society
Richard Koss, MBA, CPA Senior VP, Ambulatory Services
Thomas Mueller, MD Urology
James Patterson, Pharm.D Pharmacy
Susan Saporito, RN, BSN, OCN Oncology Nurse Navigator
Karen Swenson, RN, OCN Clinical Research
Colleen Thornton American Cancer Society
Elizabeth Wilkie Administrator, Penn Cancer Network
Diane Whilleson, RD Food & Nutrition

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