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Fox Chase Cancer Center's Resource and Education Center Marks 5000 Visitors

PHILADELPHIA (May 20, 2004)—The Resource and Education Center (REC), a state of the art, multi-media center dedicated to cancer education at Fox Chase Cancer Center, recently welcomed their 5000th visitor. Located on the first floor of the Prevention Pavilion at Fox Chase the REC celebrated by hosting an open house in early May.

Since it's opening on November 1, 2000, the REC has provided a convenient and comfortable area for patients, their families and the Fox Chase staff to access reliable information on cancer prevention, treatment and risk assessment. The REC is staffed by trained professional cancer education specialists and welcomes users to a variety of print, audio-visual and electronic resources, as well as easy access to other Fox Chase programs and departments. Visitors are not only greeted with a plethora of information, but with personalized attention to their questions as well. Staff members regularly evaluate health-and medicine-related websites, keeping the extensive list up to date and well maintained. Among many other topics, users can view websites concerning complementary medicine, diet and nutrition and support groups.

In the past year, several new programs were implemented including "Live Help," a free, instant messaging service for those interested in receiving quick answers to questions about prostate cancer, colorectal cancer and clinical trials. Next, the "Mobile REC," brings the resources and staff of the REC out into the waiting areas. Finally, an interactive web based health promotion program, "Health Media," which provides a tailored health improvement plan to individuals, has also been introduced as a new service.

The REC also serves as a laboratory for health communications and behavioral research. Currently, the REC supports "Cancer-A Teachable Moment within the Family; From Concept to Community," a Department of Defense/funded study with Mary Daly, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Margaret Dyson Family Risk Assessment Program. The REC's cancer education specialists conduct telephone-counseling sessions with study participants who have a first-degree relative diagnosed with breast cancer.

"The Resource and Education Center here at Fox Chase serves as an educational tool for anyone in the hospital," said Stephanie Raivitch, program manager of the Resource and Education Center. "We are dedicated to providing such a personalized service and are excited about the opportunities we are able to offer to our users. More so, we are thrilled to be celebrating this milestone, especially during the centennial year of Fox Chase."

The idea for this service was conceived by a multi-departmental advisory committee, including representatives from the Cancer Information Service (CIS), the Family Risk Assessment Program, the Talbot Library, nursing, patient education and social work to fulfill the increasing need for access to accurate cancer information.

For more information on the Resource and Education Center at Fox Chase, please visit their website at or call 215-214-1618. Questions? Use the "Live Help" Service. The REC is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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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