NCI/Fox Chase Cancer Center Science Writers' Seminar

09/29/05

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 strategies.

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; the two distinct ways in which patients respond to news of cancer; and patients' and doctors' differing expectations about participation in cancer clinical trials

The seminar can also be viewed via live and archived Webcast at http://videocast.nih.gov/.

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 1:30 p.m.

Where: Fox Chase Cancer Center 333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111.

Seminar will be held in the Lippincott Room. 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. Amtrak train #185 from New York and train #2104 from Washington, D.C., both arrive into 30th St. Station in time to catch the 10:08 a.m. SEPTA R8 train to Fox Chase. A shuttle will be available for free roundtrip transport between the Fox Chase SEPTA station and the Cancer Center.

How: To register for the press briefing, please contact Dorie Hightower or Ann Benner in the NCI Media Relations Branch at (301) 496-6641 or at ncipressofficers@mail.nih.gov

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