Fox Chase: Outfoxing Cancer
By Kathryn Ward
Louis Weiner

Like the Greater Philadelphia region itself, Fox Chase Cancer Center has a long and impressive history. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as the American Oncological Hospital, Fox Chase was the nation's first cancer hospital. In 1974 it merged with the Institute for Cancer Research and became one of the first institutions to be named a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center.

As a Comprehensive Cancer Center, Fox Chase is one of 39 such organizations in the United States. The designation is based on outstanding laboratory and clinical facilities, as well as superior behavioral and population-based research. Besides treating patients, comprehensive cancer centers recruit subjects for early-phase clinical trials, offer outreach programs, and provide information to...

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