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Philadelphia Theatre Company Sends Cast of Wit To Visit Fox Chase Cancer Center

PHILADELPHIA(February 25, 2000) -- Cast members from the Philadelphia Theatre Company's production of Wit, a play which examines the life of a woman with ovarian cancer, will visit Fox Chase Cancer Center on Tuesday, February 29 at 10 a.m. The primary focus of the visit is for cast members to meet doctors, nurses and patients to better understand the reality of having cancer.

Wit is a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Margaret Edson of a brilliant and brutally demanding professor battling cancer. Dr. Vivian Bearing is a highly esteemed English professor and scholar of John Donne. Though accustomed to being in charge, Dr. Bearing quickly finds herself on the other side of the teacher/student equation as she becomes the object of medical scrutiny and experimentation.

During their visit at Fox Chase, the cast will meet women with ovarian cancer and visit patients in the chemotherapy infusion room. Dr. Corey Langer of Fox Chase will talk to the cast about clinical trials, a theme examined in the play. The cast will also spend time visiting with ambulatory care nurses.

Wit opens March 17 and runs through April 16 at Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Street, Philadelphia. For ticket information, call UpStages Box Office at 215-569-9700.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, one of the nation's first comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute in 1974, conducts basic and clinical 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:

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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