Fox Chase Cancer Center Selected for Cancer Information Service Contract Award

Jan 10, 2005, 00:00 ET from Fox Chase Cancer Center

    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
     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 or call 1-888-FOX CHASE.
     Contact:  Karen Carter Mallet

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