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Fox Chase Teams up with Colon Cancer Alliance to Host Interactive Support Program

Initiative to Educate Patients and Caregivers about Engaging in Their Treatment Program

PHILADELPHIA (August 25, 2009) –Every four minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with colorectal cancer, a diagnosis that can be overwhelming without appropriate information and support.  People living with colorectal cancer now have the opportunity to exchange ideas and information with health care experts and fellow patients through an educational seminar series called “Conversations About Colorectal Cancer.” The seminar is presented by the Colon Cancer Alliance in partnership with Fox Chase Cancer Center and will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 26 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4100 Presidential Boulevard.

“This program is an important way for those living with colorectal cancer to learn more about the nation’s second-leading cancer killer,” said Donna Quinlan, Colon Cancer Alliance Program Director. “By encouraging increased dialogue between patients, health care providers and caregivers, we hope to help patients learn how to successfully continue their daily activities and ultimately improve their quality of life.”

According to a Harris Interactive survey of more than 500 cancer patients and 300 oncologists, patients who discussed cancer topics with their physicians were more knowledgeable about their condition than those who did not hold discussions.

In addition, patients who did not have discussions with their physician were less knowledgeable about the possibility of treatment delays, infection, impact of low red and white blood cells, and proper patient education.

The seminar will allow patients to interact with leading colorectal cancer physicians on topics from the latest treatment advances with targeted therapies to managing their side effects.  Patients and caregivers will also have the opportunity to listen and support one another in their collective battle against colorectal cancer. The program is part of a series of free educational events held throughout the country in 2009 that is funded by unrestricted educational grants to the Colon Cancer Alliance from Amgen Oncology, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Genentech BioOncology, Roche and Sanofi-Aventis.

To register for the Philadelphia seminar or for information on additional seminars, call 1- 877-422-2030 or visit the Colon Cancer Alliance Web site at

About Colorectal Cancer

Although more Americans have become aware of colorectal cancer in recent years, one person dies of the disease every ten minutes.  Colorectal cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer in the United States.  In fact, one in 18 people in the United States will develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime, yet if caught early, it is one of the most curable cancers. The American Cancer Society estimates that neatly 147,000 new cases will be diagnosed in 2009.

The Colon Cancer Alliance

The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) is a national patient advocacy organization, with chapters located across the country, and the official patient support partner of Katie Couric's Entertainment Industry Foundation’s National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (EIF’s NCCRA). CCA is dedicated to ending the suffering caused by colorectal cancer. The Colon Cancer Alliance brings the voice of survivors to battle colon cancer through patient support, education, research and advocacy. CCA invites any and all organizations, government agencies, members of the medical community and individuals impacted by this disease to add their voices by joining CCA in their determination to eradicate colorectal cancer.  The Colon Cancer Alliance’s toll-free helpline is 1-877-422-2030, or visit the 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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