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Conference on Fatigue and Quality of Life Offered at Fox Chase Cancer Center

PHILADELPHIA (March 5, 1999) -- Sexual intimacy, exercise, and energy conservation are just some of the topics that will be covered in Fox Chase Cancer Center's third annual Conference on Fatigue and Quality of Life. This one-day program, sponsored by the continuing nursing education section of the Center's nursing department, will take place on Tuesday, March 30 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Conference Center auditorium on Fox Chase's campus.

The conference, supported by an educational grant from Ortho Biotech Inc., is open to nurses, social workers and other health-care professionals who work with cancer patients and their families. The course focuses on discussion of state-of-the-art care to improve quality of life for people receiving cancer treatment in the clinic, hospital, or home.

Four nationally recognized speakers will give presentations at this year's conference. They include: Les Gallo-Silver, A.C.S.W., C.S.W.-R., expert on issues of sexual intimacy; Anna Schwartz, Ph.D., A.R.N.P., expert in the use of exercise for fatigue management; Eileen Donovan, P.T., M.Ed., expert on techniques to conserve energy and manage activities; and John Glaspy, M.D., expert on managing anemia, which causes fatigue.

The program also includes workshop sessions that provide a forum for in-depth, small group discussion and encourage interaction of participants. Each session offers a selection of topics. In addition, participants will view a docudrama, "Trouble With Carl," which emphasizes the patient's experience of fatigue.

For more information about the conference or to register, please call Anne Woelpper, coordinator of continuing nursing education at Fox Chase Cancer Center 215-728-2576.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, which is accredited as an approver of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Association Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of 35 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. The Center's activities include basic and clinical research including prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach programs.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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