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Construction of Nation's First Cancer Prevention Pavilion Well Under Way at Fox Chase Cancer Center

PHILADELPHIA (June 28, 1999) -- Construction of Fox Chase Cancer Center's new Research Institute for Cancer Prevention, set to open in March 2000, is right on schedule. With the outer structure nearly complete, construction work is now focused on the inside of the building.

Thomas K. Garvey, vice president for population science at Fox Chase said, "We're very pleased with the progress of the job. More importantly, we're excited about the advances in cancer prevention that will be possible as Fox Chase builds on our strong foundation in cancer research and family-risk assessment."

The $38 million initiative in cancer prevention research will add state-of-the-art laboratories as well as 11 new research programs that will be housed in the five-level, 120,000-square-foot Prevention Pavilion on Fox Chase's main campus.

As an advanced research center, the Research Institute for Cancer Prevention will allow laboratory scientists to integrate their work with a growing network of prevention-related clinical trials and risk-assessment programs. In terms of clinical care, the Prevention Pavilion will provide a dedicated setting for healthy people at high risk of developing cancer, including risk profiling, genetic testing, access to clinical trials, family counseling and diagnostic screening.

"This will be the first research program in the nation to concentrate on a comprehensive approach to cancer prevention," said Fox Chase president Robert C. Young, M.D. "By integrating existing and new programs in molecular genetics, genetic epidemiology, risk assessment, behavioral medicine, chemoprevention and bioinformatics, we will have the scientific building blocks to help reach what may be the ultimate goal in cancer care - prevention."

Leading the fund-raising campaign for the Prevention Pavilion is Fox Chase board member William J. Avery, chairman and chief executive officer of Crown Cork & Seal Company, Inc. So far, more than $33 million - nearly all of the $38 million -- has been raised or pledged from corporate, foundation and individual gifts.

Careful planning by Fox Chase Cancer Center and the surrounding community has brought this major project to fruition. Project teams, representing staff from all areas of the Center, provided input throughout the planning process. Community meetings, held in the Spring and Fall of 1997, and door-to-door visits by members of the Center's staff included neighbors in the planning efforts.

The Prevention Pavilion will connect to the West Building, which houses many laboratories and the Outpatient Department. It will also link to the Hospital, completing the courtyard quadrangle. This set-up will provide complete indoor access to all of Fox Chase's main campus buildings. It will also offer opportunities for interaction and communication among researchers, clinicians and other staff.

The prevention program and new laboratory space will add more than 100 members to Fox Chase's scientific and medical staff as well as additional support staff. Of those positions, six will be for endowed senior faculty chairs and three for endowed postdoctoral fellowships.

The preservation of the campus' natural landscape has always been a high priority at Fox Chase. Since the groundbreaking for the new building in May 1998, special care has been taken to maintain the natural environment on the Center's campus, especially in the courtyard area. Efforts to respect the daily activities of patients, employees and neighbors have also been key in ensuring minimal disruption throughout the construction phase.

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; 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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