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Thursday, March 15, 2012

The 10th Annual Women Against Multiple Sclerosis Luncheon

The Penn MS Center has teamed up with the National MS Society for the 10th annual Women Against Multiple Sclerosis (WAMS) Luncheon. The luncheon is held annually to unite the local community and gain support in the fight against MS, as well as to increase awareness about the disease and raise funds for research and philanthropy.

The National MS Society is a non-profit organization with a mission to rid the world of multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease that affects the central nervous system. MS can affect anyone, but is two to three times more common in women. Thought to be an autoimmune disease, MS is unpredictable and affects every person differently; some cases are mild, while some are severe and debilitating. What’s clear is that there is still much to learn about MS and how to treat it.

Each year, the WAMS Luncheon honors one local leader with the Woman of Spirit Award for positively impacting the local community. The 2012 Woman of Spirit Award recipient is Amy Gutmann, PhD, President of the University of Pennsylvania, for her effort in the fight to stop MS.

WAMS Luncheon Information
Time: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Date: May 8, 2012
Place: Loews Philadelphia Hotel
          1200 Market Street 
          Philadelphia, PA 19107

To purchase tickets to attend the luncheon, visit the WAMS website.

The Penn MS Center: Setting the Standard for Comprehensive MS Care in the Region

The Penn MS Center and the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Program at Penn Medicine provides comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for patients with MS and other demyelinating disorders of the central nervous system. MS is known as a demyelinating disorder because the body’s own defense system actually attacks the fatty substance, or myelin, protecting the nerve fibers in a person’s body. Due to the destruction of the myelin, nerve impulses to and from the are disrupted or distorted, which is what causes many of the symptoms of MS such as numbness or tingling in the limbs, loss of vision and paralysis.

The Penn MS Center provides consultative services and ongoing care for more than 3,000 patients annually. The program specializes in quality, state-of-the-art, personalized clinical care with a multidisciplinary approach. The MS Center team includes physicians and highly-trained nurse practitioners who are experts in symptom management, treatment, patient education, health maintenance and general well-being for patients with MS.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Advancing Radiation Therapy at Penn Medicine: CyberKnife® at Pennsylvania Hospital

CyberKnife® at Pennsylvania Hospital is a minimally invasive radiation treatment that provides patients with an alternative to surgery for treating cancerous and noncancerous tumors. CyberKnife’s frameless radiosurgery system, lightweight linear accelerator and robotic arm allow it to treat tumors and lesions from a variety of angles in hard-to-reach locations. It can also be used on lesions that have previously undergone radiation therapy.

Penn Radiation Oncology provides patients with every form of advanced radiation therapy to treat cancer, including Gamma Knife®, proton therapy and now CyberKnife. Patients can be evaluated for CyberKnife at Penn Radiation Oncology Network centers throughout the Philadelphia region.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer to affect men and women in the United States. In the majority of cases, colorectal cancer develops from abnormal growths in the colon or rectum called polyps. The good news is that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 60 percent of colorectal cancers are preventable by removing polyps before they become cancerous.

Penn Gastroenterology recommends the following measures to help prevent colon cancer:
  • Schedule regular colorectal cancer screening tests starting at age 50.
  • Include fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your diet.
  • Increase physical activity and maintain a healthy weight.
  • If you have a family history of colon cancer, talk to your doctor about a cancer risk evaluation.
To schedule a colorectal cancer screening test, call 800.789.PENN (7366) or visit

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