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Fox Chase Cancer Center Joins the Post Office In Celebrating Issuance of Hospice-Care Stamp

PHILADELPHIA (February 22, 1999) -- Fox Chase Cancer Center, in conjunction with the Fox Chase branch of the U.S. Post Office, will celebrate the recent issuance of the hospice-care stamp at a special afternoon tea today at 3:30 p.m. in the Center's cafeteria.

Michael H. Levy, M.D., Ph.D., of Voorhees, N.J., director of Fox Chase Cancer Center's supportive oncology-care program, and Marilyn Uchitel of Meadowbrook, Pa., a volunteer, will be honored with special awards for their outstanding service in hospice care.

Since more Americans are now living longer lives, end-of-life care has become an important issue for both patients and their families. Hospice has become the standard of excellence in providing care for the terminally ill. It addresses such concerns as pain relief and bereavement and provides people with the comfort of being at home or in home-like settings, surrounded by their loved ones.

Dr. Levy explains, "Hospice is a completion to life. It is a physician's duty to provide excellent care to all patients. When the best care and latest treatments cannot cure or improve a patient's condition, it's important that the patient have access to high quality end-of-life care. That's what hospice is about."

The U.S. Postal Service has issued 100 million hospice care stamps nationwide, continuing its tradition of raising awareness for significant health and social issues in this country. The stamps will be available for sale during the tea and at your local Post Office.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of 35 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. The Center's activities include basic and clinical research including prevention, detection and treatment of cancer, and community outreach programs.

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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