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Susan Echtermeyer Wins Regional Award from the Cancer Information Service

PHILADELPHIA (Nov. 13, 2007) — Susan Echtermeyer has been awarded the 2007 Spirit of the Cancer Information Service (CIS) Award for the Atlantic Region. Echtermeyer is the Atlantic Region's administrative coordinator and has been the backbone of the CIS office for over 16 years.

The Cancer Information Service is a program of the National Cancer Institute that provides the latest, most accurate information about cancer to patients, their families and the public. The Atlantic Region offices are on the campus at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.

The Spirit of CIS Award is a national award given to one person from each CIS regional office. It is awarded to the individual who best personifies the CIS spirit of caring and commitment. The recipient must routinely demonstrate this dedication through their attitude, contributions to the program and relations with other members of the staff.

Echtermeyer was selected in recognition of her extraordinary commitment and belief in the CIS mission.

"Susan represents the spirit of the CIS – dedication, commitment to quality, support to colleagues and a belief that our work is important to patients and the community," said Linda Fleisher, project director for the Cancer Information Service. "She is an integral part of our program, a wonderful colleague and friend."

For the past 30 years, the Cancer Information Service has provided the latest, most accurate information about cancer to patients, their families and the public through its 1-800 4 CANCER phone service. The Cancer Information Service equips people with the reliable, science-based information they need to become active participants in their own health care – from prevention, to early detection, to treatment and survivorship.

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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