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Cancer Information Specialists Available During Debut of HBO's Cancer Documentary

PHILADELPHIA (March 21, 2000) -- The National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service (CIS) will open its telephone lines (1-800-4-CANCER) during the debut of the Home Box Office (HBO) documentary "Cancer: Evolution to Revolution" Thursday, March 30th 8:00 PM until 11:00 ET. The phones will be answered by trained professional cancer information specialists.

The HBO two hour and 30 minute film provides a broad overview of several common cancers and follows patients, their families and physicians through a myriad of choices and decisions about screening and treatment, including clinical trials. The film stresses that information is key to empowering individuals fighting cancer and throughout the documentary offers contact information for CIS.

The CIS' toll-free telephone service (1-800-4-CANCER) is the source for the latest, most accurate cancer information for the American public. Information specialists provide thorough, personalized attention to each caller and answer questions about cancer prevention, screening, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and research. The CIS provides up-to-date scientific information in understandable terms, assists organizations in developing education efforts to reach people who do not have easy access to cancer information and services, and studies ways to promote healthy behaviors and communicate cancer information effectively.

The specially trained staff can answer calls in English, Spanish, and calls from the hearing impaired (1-800-332-8615).

The CIS serving all of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware is housed at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia and is open to caller Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 4:30 PM. Information is also available on line at

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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