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Good Housekeeping Ranks Fox Chase Doctors Among Nation's Best Cancer Specialists

PHILADELPHIA (February 11, 1999) -- Good Housekeeping magazine published its annual list this week of The Top 318 Cancer Specialists for Women. Seven doctors from Fox Chase Cancer Center top the list for breast cancer, lung cancer, thoracic cancer and colon cancer.

The "Top Doctors" were nominated by hospital department chairs in related clinical fields at major medical institutions across the country. Good Housekeeping asked them to name cancer specialists who provide expert treatment and who they consider the leading physicians in cancer care.

To avoid unnecessary bias throughout the nomination process, the department chairs were not permitted to nominate physicians from their own institutions. Good Housekeeping accepted the names of hundreds of nominees.

The following Fox Chase doctors appear in this year's list.

  • Corey Langer, M.D., of Princeton Junction, NJ is director of thoracic and head & neck medical oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center. He is a member of many professional and scientific societies, including a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Langer is involved in a number of research endeavors and is particularly interested in cancers of the lung, head & neck, as well as mesothelioma and lymphoma. (Lung Cancer - Medical Oncologists)
  • Melvyn Goldberg, M.D., of Rydal, Pa., is vice chairman of surgical oncology and chief of thoracic surgical oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center. He organized a multidisciplinary program in the surgical management of thoracic cancers at Fox Chase, which includes a team of surgical, medical and radiation specialists who evaluate and treat patients with a special emphasis on innovative therapy. Goldberg is also directly involved in a multidisciplinary treatment plan for esophageal cancers. (Lung Cancer - Surgeons)
  • Elin Sigurdson, M.D., Ph.D., of Northampton, Pa., is a member of the department of surgical oncology and director of surgical research at Fox Chase Cancer Center. She is one of the Center's pioneers of sentinel lymph-node biopsy, which may eventually spare breast cancer patients the removal of all but the first lymph node and reduce patients' risk for lymphedema. (Breast Cancer - Surgeons)
  • Lori Goldstein, M.D., of South Philadelphia is director of Fox Chase's Breast Evaluation Center and leader of the Center's Breast Cancer Research Program. She has a special interest in how cancer cells become resistant to anticancer drugs and in developing clinical studies to help overcome this drug resistance. (Breast Cancer - Medical Oncologists)
  • Barbara Fowble, M.D., of Rydal, Pa., is clinical director of the radiation oncology department, associate director of the Breast Evaluation Center and a senior member of the division of medical science at Fox Chase Cancer Center. She is internationally known for her expertise on breast cancer. (Breast Cancer - Radiation Oncologists)
  • John Hoffman, M.D., F.A.C.S., of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., is an attending surgeon at Fox Chase Cancer Center, specializing in gastrointestinal and breast cancers. He holds memberships in many professional organizations and has been widely published, including as the lead researcher on a variety of surgical subjects. (Colon Cancer - Surgeons)
  • Neil Meropol, M.D., of Jenkintown, Pa., is director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Along with developing new therapies for people with cancer, Dr. Meropol also works with gastroenterologists in his role as director of the Gastrointestinal Tumor-Risk Assessment Program. (Colon Cancer - Medical Oncologists)

Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of 35 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. The Center's activities include basic and clinical research; prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach programs.


Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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