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Nguyen Named Fox Chase Cancer Center's

PHILADELPHIA (May 28, 2002)-Minhhuyen "Minh" Thi Nguyen, M.D., of Newtown, Pa., a board-certified gastroenterologist, has become director of clinical gastroenterology in Fox Chase Cancer Center's medical oncology department.

While providing care for patients with a broad range of gastrointestinal and liver diseases, Dr. Nguyen will focus on gastrointestinal cancer risk assessment and risk reduction.

Many options now exist to help prevent or forestall gastrointestinal diseases, including cancer, in patients with colon polyps, acid-reflux disease and viral hepatitis.

Nguyen is one of several physicians seeing high-risk patients in Fox Chase's Gastrointestinal Tumor Risk Assessment Program. It is designed to provide health education, genetic counseling, molecular diagnostics and screening recommendations to men and women at increased risk of colorectal, esophageal, pancreatic and other GI tumors because of their family or personal medical history.

Nguyen's clinical and research interests include inflammatory bowel disease and diseases of the liver and bile ducts (hepatobiliary diseases. Her focus on liver disease includes treatment for patients with hepatitis B or C, which places people at high risk of primary liver cancer.

She also has a special interest in the care of women with gastrointestinal concerns. These GI complaints can be similar to symptoms of painful menstruation.

"Women often have special gastrointestinal problems before, during and after menopause," Nguyen pointed out. "During pregnancy, women are susceptible to a variety of liver and GI disorders. I am interested in developing a comprehensive diagnostic and treatment plan for their problems."

Before joining Fox Chase, Nguyen had been an attending physician at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia and an assistant professor of clinical medicine at MCP-Hahnemann University since 1997. Previously, she was an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. She also served on the nutrition support service at both Graduate and Jefferson.

Nguyen earned her undergraduate degree in biological sciences at the University of Chicago and received her M.D. in 1987 from Harvard Medical School. She completed her internship and residency in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She then trained in gastroenterology and hepatology as a fellow at New England Medical Center before moving to Philadelphia to join the Jefferson staff in 1993.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, one of the nation's first comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute in 1974, conducts basic and clinical research; programs of prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach. For more information about Fox Chase activities, visit the Center's web site at or call 1-888-FOX CHASE.

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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