Fox Chase Cancer Center Selected for Cancer Information Service Contract Award
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Cancer Institute (NCI), the government's lead agency for cancer research, has selected Fox Chase Cancer Center as one of 15 organizations to receive a five-year, $4.9 million contract to operate a Cancer Information Service Partnership Program for New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The NCI's Cancer Information Service provides the latest, most accurate cancer information for the general public. The grant awarded to Fox Chase funds the Partnership Program, and teams the Cancer Information Service with other agencies and organizations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware to address cancer issues in the community. The Partnership Program brings cancer information and cancer education programs to minority and medically underserved populations who may have difficulties seeking health information because of educational, financial, language, or other barriers. The program also strives to increase partner organizations awareness that cancer health disparities are a major public health problem where the burden of cancer falls disproportionately on certain racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. The Atlantic Region CIS Partnership Program supports: -- Dissemination of National Cancer Institute resources and programs; -- Development and implementation of the statewide cancer plans in all three states; -- Cancer initiatives and programs in breast and cervical cancer, tobacco and other areas of cancer prevention and control; and -- Regional partnerships with technical assistance in training and planning culturally competent cancer control programs and resources. The Cancer Information Service also offers telephone support providing personalized attention to each caller and answering questions about cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and research. The CIS is staffed by specially trained information specialists who provide answers in English and Spanish (1-800-4-CANCER). For more information about the regional CIS program, contact Linda Fleisher, Director of the NCI's Atlantic Region CIS at 215-728-3110. Fox Chase Cancer Center was founded in 1904 in Philadelphia, Pa. as the nation's first cancer hospital. In 1974, Fox Chase became one of the first institutions designated as a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center. Fox Chase conducts basic, clinical, population and translational research; programs of prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach. For more information about Fox Chase activities, visit the Center's web site at http://www.fccc.edu or call 1-888-FOX CHASE. Contact: Karen Carter Mallet 215-728-2700
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