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American Cancer Society Awards $240,000 Research Grant to Fox Chase Cancer Center

PHILADELPHIA (August 3,1998) -- The American Cancer Society has awarded a $240,000 Investigational Research Grant to Fox Chase Cancer Center to help support young researchers beginning their career in cancer research. This new funding represents the third renewal of this grant for Fox Chase research. Robert C. Young, M.D., president of the Center, will oversee its use and allocation.

Beneficiaries of this grant include new and expanded programs in human genetics, genetic epidemiology; chemoprevention(the use of medication to prevent cancer; pharmacology; behavioral science; immunobiology; and biomolecular structure and function. The programs include investigators from all three Center research divisions(basic, medical and population science.

Through these programs, the grant will provide support to the new Research Institute for Cancer Prevention at Fox Chase. This Research Institute will be housed in a 120,000-square-foot Prevention Pavilion scheduled to open early in the year 2000. In addition to laboratories for prevention-related research, the Pavilion will house clinical programs for people at high risk of cancer, including genetically driven cancer screening and counseling.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of 34 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.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, advocacy, education and service.

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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