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Fox Chase Cancer Center Nurse Practitioner Honored

PHILADELPHIA (November 2, 2000) -- The International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG) has selected Fox Chase Cancer Center Nurse Practitioner Agnes Masny, RN, MPH, MSN, of Roslyn, Pa., as this year's recipient of its prestigious Education Award.

The Education Award is one of three Founders Awards given annually by the ISONG. The purpose of the award is to support and recognize outstanding accomplishments in nursing, and excellence in educating patients and the public about genetics. In addition, the award recognizes innovation in the creation of educational materials.

Masny joined Fox Chase Cancer Center in 1989. She works as a nurse practitioner in the Margaret Dyson Family Risk Assessment Program, a program that offers education, risk assessment, and evaluation of screening and prevention programs for individuals with a family history of cancer. In her role as a nurse educator, Masny has developed and conducted training programs in cancer genetics with over 250 nurses, and has been involved in several initiatives for training health professionals in genetics.

The International Society of Nurses in Genetics is a nursing specialty organization dedicated to fostering the scientific and professional growth of nurses in human genetics. The ISONG mission is to foster the scientific, professional, and personal development of members in the management of genetic information.

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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