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Fox Chase Cancer Center Opens Region's First Cancer-Specific Complementary Medicine Program, One of Few in the Nation.

PHILADELPHIA (September 22, 1998) -- Fox Chase Cancer Center introduces the region's only Complementary Medicine Program at a Grand Opening press conference and open house, Thursday, September 24 at 10 a.m. Complete Care will help cancer patients increase their quality of life by addressing the physical, psychological and emotional needs of patients during and after cancer treatment. In addition to being the only one of its kind in the region, it is one of very few such programs in the nation.

The new program will supplement traditional cancer therapies with additional approaches to help people cope with treatment side effects, stress, changing body image and functional problems requiring cancer-specific rehabilitation medicine and care.

"Complementary medicine is the next logical step in the treatment of cancer patients. This program focuses on rebuilding the physical, emotional and psychological lives of our patients, further enhancing the overall care here at Fox Chase," said Cynthia Bergman, M.D., acting medical director of the Complementary Medicine Program.

Barbara Fowble, M.D., clinical director of radiation oncology was instrumental in fostering the concept of Complete Care at Fox Chase.

"Quality of life is often as important as longevity, so we intend to bring the same standard of excellence to our complementary care services as we do to our established treatment and prevention programs," said Fowble.

Services will be available to Fox Chase patients and also to patients receiving primary cancer treatment elsewhere. Complete Care will address oncology rehabilitation, cancer-related fatigue, mind-body interactions, exercise and conditioning, nutrition, music therapy, yoga, stress release, massage, cosmetics and information services. Demonstrations will be available at the Grand Opening.

Those interested can call the Complementary Medicine Program at 215-728-7000.

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.

Available for interviews during Grand Opening: Dr. Robert Young, President, Fox Chase Cancer Center Dr. Cynthia Bergman, Acting Medical Director, Complementary Medicine Program John Martinez, Director, Complementary Medicine Program Dr. Barbara Fowble, Director of Radiation Oncology, fostered complete care concept Vicki Wasserberger, Chair of Patient Advisory Committee, cancer survivor Jude Plum, Cosmetician (wigs, make-up, skin care)

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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