Family gives $1 million to Christiana Care for head, neck cancer care, research

Medical oncologist Charles J. Schneider, M.D., FACP, Neil G. Hockstein, M.D., of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and Adam Raben, M.D., chair of Radiation Oncology, developed the Head & Neck Multidisciplinary Center that three years ago successfully treated Gregg Bacchieri.

The Bacchieri Family Fund has given Christiana Care Health System $1 million for head and neck cancer care and research.

The gift to the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute’s Head and Neck Cancer Multidisciplinary Center (MDC) will support clinical care delivery and clinical trials for cancers of the head and neck.

Donors Gregg Bacchieri and his wife Stacey, of Kennett Square, PA,  are longtime Christiana Care supporters. Three years ago,  Bacchieri was diagnosed with throat cancer at the Graham Cancer Center. He received  treatment in the care of Adam Raben,  chair of Radiation Oncology, surgeon Neil G. Hockstein,  of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and medical oncologist Charles J. Schneider.

“Dr. Raben and the team are outstanding. I’ve received excellent care and attention from the moment I was diagnosed,” said   Bacchieri, a retired senior MBNA executive. “Stacey and I wanted to show our family’s gratitude to the health system and hope this gift will springboard future philanthropic investments in important research.”

Nationwide, according to the National Cancer Institute, cancers of the head and neck account for approximately 3 percent of all cancers. They are nearly twice as common among men as among women. An alarming rise in rates of oropharynx — mouth and throat — cancer-related to human papillomavirus (HPV) is driving urgency for research into new clinical protocols and treatments.

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