About the Abramson Cancer Center

Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center is a world leader in cancer research, patient care and education. Our preeminent position is reflected in our continuous designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) since 1973, one of 51 such centers in the United States.

At the Abramson Cancer Center, we are dedicated to innovative and compassionate cancer care. Our clinical program, comprised of a dedicated staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, nutritionists and patient care coordinators, currently sees 305,248 outpatient visits and more than 10,230 discharges, and provides more than 81,471 chemotherapy and 66,110 radiation treatments.

Not only are we dedicated to providing state-of-the-art care, the latest forms of cancer prevention, diagnoses and treatments are available to our patients through clinical themes developed in the relentless pursuit to eliminate the pain and suffering from cancer, with more than 9,069 participants in nearly 600 clinical trials.

In addition, the Abramson Cancer Center is home to the 400+ basic, translational and clinical scientists who relentlessly work to determine the pathogenesis of cancer. Together, our faculty is committed to improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

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History and Mission

The Abramson Cancer Center, established in 1973, offers cancer patients the newest and most innovative therapeutic advances.

Dr. Robert Vonderheide, Abramson Cancer Center Director

Leadership and Administration

The Abramson Cancer Center’s leadership team is comprised of scientists, physicians, and administrators who are world leaders in their respective fields.

Madlyn Abramson, founding donor of the Abramson Cancer Center

Madlyn Abramson: Penn Alumna, Trustee, Benefactor

Madlyn Abramson’s bold vision and philanthropic spirit touched the lives of countless individuals by transforming how Penn Medicine conducts cancer research and provides care to those affected by this devastating disease.

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Departments and Divisions

Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center is home to clinical departments and divisions who share the goal of improving the future of cancer care.

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Penn showcases the comprehensive work and success stories that derive from integrated research, treatment, and dedication in our reports.

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Awards & Accolades

Penn Medicine has been widely recognized for its superior commitment to quality cancer care. Take a look at our awards and accolades.

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Focus on Cancer Blog

The Focus on Cancer blog discusses a variety of cancer-related topics, including treatment advances, research efforts and clinical trials, nutrition, support groups, survivorship and patient stories.

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Penn provides the latest news on cancer advancements, cancer research, new treatments and other cancer related topics happening at Penn.

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Patient Stories

Hear from our patients how Penn's experts take cancer care to the next level, developing customized treatments and taking outcomes from “inoperable” to “incredible.”

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Penn Cancer Network

The Penn Cancer Network is a select group of community hospitals in the Delaware Valley providing exceptional cancer care throughout the region.