NCI/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 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

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 Free parking is available on campus. Fox Chase is accessible by SEPTA's regional rail line, R8 (; 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 [email protected]

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