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Clinical Trials for Gynecologic Cancers

Asplundh Cancer Pavilion

Dr. Mark Shahin, director of the Hanjani Institute for Gynecologic Oncology at Jefferson Abington Hospital, and Nurse Navigator Jennifer Cacciatore, RN discuss the importance of clinical trials while introducing the Sherri S. Gendelman Fund for Ovarian Cancer Research. Support ovarian cancer research at the Hanjani Institute.

We offer our patients access to a wide array of clinical trials for uterine, ovarian and other gynecologic cancers. Our physicians are primary principal investigators for the NRG Oncology cooperative group and participate in GOG Foundation sponsored trials.

This active participation in investigative medicine enables our patients to take part in studies of promising new advances while remaining close to home, family and work.

Patients enrolled in gynecologic cancer clinical trials receive expert coordination and care from our clinical research team.

Types of Clinical Trials

We participate in many NRG Oncology, and GOG Foundation, and industry-sponsored trials. An average of 40 clinical trials for gynecologic cancers may be in progress here at any given time. These trials are designed by our physicians or conducted in collaboration with other institutions and industry.

This research aims to advance knowledge and treatment options, including: chemotherapy to make cancer more responsive to radiation; biologic ways to stimulate the immune system to fight cancer; agents to stop cancer growth by blocking blood-vessel formation; newly developed vaccines for use after a second remission.

Clinical Research Team

The professionals on our clinical research team manage all aspects of cancer treatment for patients participating in clinical trials. Our director of clinical research, Susan Nolte, PhD, works with a team of specialized oncology research nurses and data managers to provide the finest care, with an emphasis on quality of life.

Enrolling in Clinical Trials

For information about open clinical trials and your eligibility to participate, contact the gynecologic cancer nurse navigators Amanda Convery, RN, MSN and Gwen Salkind, RN, BSN at 215-481-6069.

Honored for Cancer Expertise

The American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer awarded Abington's program the  Outstanding Achievement Award in 2012 and 2015, one of only eight programs nationwide to earn this award two survey cycles in a row.

CoC Outstanding Achievement Award 2012

CoC Outstanding Achievement Award 2015

Gynecologic Cancers