eNewsletter - News and Notes

Penn State Hershey Melanoma Center changes name to Penn State Hershey Melanoma and Skin Cancer CenterMelanoma Center

In order to be inclusive of all faculty working on skin cancers at Penn State University, Penn State Hershey Melanoma Center is now Penn State Hershey Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center (MSCC). The goal of the MSCC is to have all faculty with an interest in skin cancer work in a coordinated way in order to achieve more than by operating separately. This has already occurred in the clinics of the center and will now be formalized across the entire unit with the result of increasing the membership of the center.  All skin oncology would be included in this center with appropriate representative leadership.  The MSCC welcomed nineteen new members as a result of the expansion. A. Craig Hillemeier, M.D., Dean, Penn State College of Medicine; Chief Executive Officer, Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Health System; and Senior Vice President for Health Affairs, Penn State, approved the change last fall.

11th Annual Reducing Cancer in Our Community: A free public forum

Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, Pennsylvania Division, South Central Region, will host the 11th annual public forum, "Reducing Cancer in Our Community," on Saturday, March 14, in the University Conference Center on the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine campus.

The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. (8:30 a.m. for registration) and cover a range of cancer-related topics including Lifestyle Choices and Cancer, Pediatric Cancer and Thyroid Cancer. Reducing Cancer in Our Community is free, and anyone with an interest in health-related issues is invited to attend, including community leaders, patients and families, patient advocate groups, teachers, and community organizations. 

Lunch is provided.  For a complete agenda and to register, visit: www.pennstatehershey.org/reducingcancer or call 717-531-6483.

Breast Cancer Patient Education Tool Earns Top Award in International eLearning Competition

The International E-Learning Association has selected JPL and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center as the winner in the Blended Learning Category of the 2014 International E-Learning Awards–Academic Division, for its breast cancer patient education tool called Nurse BEDI. The breast education decision aid instrument (BEDI) was created by Rena Kass, M.D., associate professor of surgery and co-director, Penn State Hershey Breast Center, Jane Schubart, Ph.D., Penn State Hershey, and JPL.

The tool is designed to help standardize patient education and consultation and streamline the process for surgeons. Nurse BEDI aids in shared decision-making between the patient and the surgeon so that all breast cancer patients understand their diagnosis, know the available treatment options and have easy access to educational materials. Learn more about how Nurse BEDI is used here.

Breast Center Earns National Re-accreditation from ACOSBreast Center Earns National Re-accreditation

Penn State Hershey Breast Center earned three-year full re-accreditation from the American College of Surgeons (ACOS), National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. NAPBC accreditation is the seal of approval for breast centers from the ACOS and formally acknowledges the team's commitment to providing the highest quality evaluation and management of patients with breast disease. Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that patients have access to comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services; a multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options; information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options; and quality breast care close to home.

For more information about the NAPBC, visit www.accreditedbreastcenters.org