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Fox Chase Cancer Center Welcomes New Congressman; Joseph Hoeffel Visits With Physicians, Researchers and Staff

PHILADELPHIA (January 16, 2003) — Congressman Joseph M. Hoeffel (D-PA) made his first visit to Fox Chase Cancer Center since being elected to represent Northeast Philadelphia. Hoeffel is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives, but legislative redistricting expanded the 13th district into Northeast Philadelphia for the term beginning in January 2003.

During his visit to Fox Chase, researcher Margie Clapper, PhD, told Hoeffel about her laboratory research involving cancer chemoprevention, the use of drugs, vitamins or other agents to prevent cancer. In another laboratory, Hoeffel got his first look at tumors that grow inside of mice. Clapper tests agents in the mice that may help prevent the similar tumors from developing in humans.

Before leaving, Hoeffel told a Fox Chase crowd of about 300 that he will continue to support budgetary increases for the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute, two federal agencies that provide significant grant support to Fox Chase Cancer Center. In addition, Congressman Hoeffel discussed tort reform as it pertains to medical malpractice insurance. National legislation has been suggested to help easy extraordinarily high physician malpractice insurance premiums in Pennsylvania and many other states nationwide.

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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