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Wednesday, September 7, 2005


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National Cancer Institute/Fox Chase Cancer Center Science Writers’ Seminar
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions: How We React to Cancer Risk and Diagnosis
What: National Cancer Institute (NCI) Science Writers’ Seminar Series at Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pa.
How you or a person you love reacts to the news of a cancer diagnosis can be quite different from how another person would react. Likewise, those at increased risk of developing cancer face a variety of challenges when communicating that risk to other family members and when making decisions about screening strategy.

Please join us for an in-depth look at decision-making and communication when faced with the threat of cancer. The seminar will provide perspective on how family members react to news of a cancer diagnosis when they themselves may also be at risk due to genetic factors — a timely topic given soon-to-be-released guidelines for BRCA 1 and 2 screening; the two distinct ways in which patients respond to news of cancer; and patients’ and doctors’ differing expectations about participation in cancer clinical trials. At the conclusion of the formal presentations, a tour of Fox Chase Cancer Center research facilities will be provided upon request.

Who: Robert C. Young, M.D. (Fox Chase) — President, Fox Chase Cancer Center; Welcome
Michael Stefanek, Ph.D. (NCI) — Integrating basic decision-making into cancer control
Mary Daly, M.D., Ph.D. (Fox Chase) — How women communicate genetic test results
Suzanne Miller, Ph.D. (Fox Chase) — "Blunters" and "Monitors"; two patient types who process health information very differently
Neal Meropol, M.D. (Fox Chase) — Apples and oranges: How patients and doctors think about clinical trials
When: Wednesday, October 5, 2005, from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Join us for talks that will begin at 11 a.m., followed by a light lunch served at noon. Additional talks and a Q&A session will conclude by 1:30pm.
Where: Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111

For directions to Fox Chase, go to http://www.fccc.edu/information/directions/.
Free parking is available on campus. Fox Chase is accessible by SEPTA’s regional rail line, R8 (www.septa.org ); travel time is approximately 30 minutes from 30th St. Station and 25 minutes from 12th and Market St. A shuttle van will be available for free roundtrip transport between the Fox Chase station and the Cancer Center.
How: To register for the press briefing, please contact Dorie Hightower or Ann Benner in the NCI Press Office at 301-496-6641 or at ncipressofficers@mail.nih.gov.

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