Scottsdale Oncologist Gets Top Award From Cancer Society

Thursday, June 3, 2010 Cancer News
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Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center researcher honored for cancer research, new treatments

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Oncologist Daniel Von Hoff, MD, chief scientific officer at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, will be recognized for his work benefiting cancer patients during the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting June 4-8 in Chicago.


Dr. Von Hoff is receiving the 2010 David A. Karnofsky Memorial Award and Lecture for his impact on treating cancer patients and outstanding achievements in cancer research.

ASCO is the world's leading professional organization representing physicians who treat people with cancer. Recipients of these prestigious awards collectively represent significant strides in cancer treatment and leadership in the oncology community, according to the society.

Dr. Von Hoff is an internationally recognized physician-scientist who has contributed to the development of numerous anticancer agents, including paclitaxel, docetaxel, irinotecan and gemcitabine. He also serves as physician-in-chief for the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Phoenix, chief scientific officer of US Oncology, and clinical professor of medicine at The University of Arizona College of Medicine.

The Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare opened in 2001 as the first major cancer center in greater Phoenix to offer comprehensive cancer research, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and support services in a single location at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center.

Innovative cancer treatments and clinical trials of new anticancer therapies are offered at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center in collaboration with community oncologists, leading universities and TGen. Clinical trials of new treatments for rare and advanced cancers conducted at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare have been featured in numerous scientific papers and presentations at international cancer conferences.

Phoenix-area patients with cancer seeking treatment at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare have access to:

The award is named after David A. Karnofsky, MD, a leading medical oncologist in the 1950s and 1960s and recognizes outstanding contributions to cancer research, diagnosis and/or treatment. Dr. Von Hoff will give a lecture during the opening session of the annual meeting.

Free cancer resources are open to the public at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare. Cancer Care Coordinators offer free information and physician referrals at 480-323-1255 or, and research coordinators provide information about clinical trials at 480-323-1339, toll free at 1-877-273-3713 or

Scottsdale Healthcare is the community-based, nonprofit parent organization of the Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute and Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation. A leader in medical innovation, talent and technology, Scottsdale Healthcare was founded in 1962 and is based in Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information, visit

-- A multispecialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options; -- Information and access to ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options; -- Comprehensive care including state-of-the-art services and equipment; -- Access to cancer-related information, education and support; -- A cancer registry that collects data on cancer, treatment and results, and offers lifelong patient follow-up; -- Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care; and most importantly, -- Quality care closer to home.

SOURCE Scottsdale Healthcare

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