News Release

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Science Writers’ Seminar on Cancer Survivorship:


The number of cancer survivors in the United States is now over 10 million, and this number has grown exponentially over the past few decades. Much of this increase can be attributed to better detection and improved treatments. The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University has worked closely with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and other cancer centers, on advances that have had a major impact on cancer survivors. Survivorship research focuses on the health and life of a person with a history of cancer beyond the acute diagnosis and treatment phase. It seeks to both prevent and control adverse cancer diagnosis and treatment-related outcomes such as late effects of treatment, second cancers, and poor quality of life, to provide a knowledge base regarding optimal follow-up care and surveillance of cancers, and to optimize health after cancer treatment.

Please join us for a series of talks on the latest research that will help enhance the quality of life for cancer survivors nationwide as well as on the programs that Northwestern and NCI have developed to assist cancer survivors.

Who: Jamie Von Roenn, M.D. (Lurie): Welcome 
Noreen Aziz, M.D., Ph.D. (NCI): Cancer Survivorship Research at NCI
Charles Bennett, M.D., Ph.D. (Lurie): Winning the Battle and Winning the War — Lessons Cancer Patients Can Learn
Kim Dilley, M.D., M.P.H. (Lurie): Survivors Take Action and Responsibility (STAR)
Lynne Wagner, Ph.D. (Lurie): Quality of Life in Young Breast Cancer Survivors
Teresa Woodruff, Ph.D. (Lurie): Fertility Preservation for Female Cancer Patients: New Potential through Research
Cancer Survivor: Personal Experience Dealing with Cancer

When: 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. CST, Tuesday, April 11, 2006 
Please arrive at 10:45 a.m. for registration and coffee. A complimentary lunch will be served. Tours of the cancer center will be available for those interested. Where: Northwestern University, 340 East Superior Street, 3rd Floor, Chicago, Ill.

For directions and maps, please go to: How: To register for the seminar, please contact Dorie Hightower or Ann Benner in the NCI Media Relations Branch at (301) 496-6641 or at

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