|NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
||National Cancer Institute|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, Apr. 22, 1997
10:30 A.M. Eastern Time
Kim Bell, Assoc. of Oncology Social Workers|
Ann Navarria, Cancer Care, Inc.
(212) 221-3300, Ext. 221
NCI Press Office
"The recent drop in cancer death rates marks a turning point from the steady increase we have seen throughout much of the century," noted NCI Director Richard D. Klausner, M.D. "As treatment becomes increasingly effective in the coming years, we will need partnerships like this to renew our commitment to improve the quality of life for those who develop cancer."
AOSW is a nonprofit, international organization of more than 800 oncology social work professionals. Its mission is to promote excellence in psychosocial oncology by educating the public and increasing awareness of the impact of cancer; offering professional education programs that support clinical, administrative, and research skill development; advocating for programs and policies that provide psychosocial care to patients and families; and providing resources to its members. AOSW's web site, http://www.biostat.wisc.edu/aosw/aoswhello/html, provides additional information about the organization's activities.
Cancer Care, Inc. is a nonprofit, non-sectarian, social service agency founded in 1944 to help cancer patients and their loved ones cope with the impact of cancer. It is the largest agency in the nation solely dedicated to providing emotional and financial support to cancer patients and their families, and community education for the general public. Assistance is provided through 11 offices in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut; through Cancer Care's web site, http://www.cancercareinc.org and through a national toll-free line, 1-800-813-HOPE.
The National Cancer Institute is the federal government's primary cancer research agency. The Cancer Information Service is NCI's nationwide information and education network. The CIS meets the information needs of patients, the public, and health professionals. Specially trained staff provide the latest in scientific information in understandable language. In addition, individual CIS offices serve specific geographic areas and have information about cancer-related services and resources in their region. The CIS, which can be reached at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237), responds to calls in English and Spanish. People with TTY equipment may call 1-800-332-8615.
Cancer Information Service
The Cancer Information Service (CIS), a national information and education network, is a free public service of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the federal government's primary agency for cancer research. The CIS meets the information needs of patients, the public, and health professionals. Specially trained staff provide the latest scientific information in understandable language. CIS staff answer questions in English and Spanish and distribute NCI materials.
For NCI information by fax, dial 301-402-5874 from the telephone on a fax machine and listen to recorded instructions.
For NCI information by computer:
CancerNet Mail Service (via E-mail):
To obtain a contents list, send E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the word "help" in the body of the message.
Information is also accessible via the Internet through the World Wide Web at (http://rex.nci.nih.gov) and (http://cancernet.nci.nih.gov) servers.