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World-renowned Pioneer in Complementary Health to Give Lecture in Philadelphia; Proceeds Benefit Fox Chase Cancer Center

PHILADELPHIA (April 12, 1999) -- Deepak Chopra, M.D., internationally recognized expert in mind/body medicine and founder of The Chopra Center for Well Being in La Jolla, CA, will present a special lecture on Friday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of three beneficiaries of the event.

Dr. Chopra is the author of 19 books and more than 30 audio, video and CD-ROM programs. He has demonstrated the fundamental principle that good health is not just absence of disease, but a state of balance and integration of body, mind and spirit. His techniques emphasize meditation, a balanced lifestyle, health-promoting foods and herbs, rejuvenating body therapies and personal empowerment.

Fox Chase Cancer Center shares this approach to care with the establishment of Complete Care, the nation's most comprehensive complementary medicine program for people with a cancer diagnosis. Opened in September 1998, Complete Care offers an integrated approach in meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of cancer patients as well as those who want to maintain or renew their good health. The program originates from the belief that individuals with cancer can achieve well-being regardless of their health status.

Fox Chase's Complete Care program offers a range of services designed to supplement established medical approaches and promote overall good health. They include: calisthenics, cancer-related fatigue management, hypnotherapy, lymphedema treatment, massage, mind-body healing, music therapy, nutrition management, physical therapy, stress management, wig/skin care and yoga.

The Chopra Center for Well Being, where Dr. Chopra is educational director, is an organization dedicated to a holistic view of life. The Center offers a broad range of individual and group programs in mind/body medicine and personal development, combining the best of Western medicine with natural healing traditions to provide a fresh approach to today's health needs.

The organization also extends its programs beyond the walls of the Center through its worldwide educational outreach initiative. Its lecture and seminar circuit reaches people around the world with sites on every continent.

The Chopra Center's highly trained team of complementary and conventional healthcare professionals offers training in the principles and practices of mind/body medicine to other healthcare providers. In addition, over 400 instructors from the Center bring their techniques and programs to hospitals, corporations, educational institutions and communities worldwide.

Tickets for An Evening With Deepak Chopra, M.D., coordinated by the Mind Body Wellness Connection of Trenton, NJ, are available by calling the Academy of Music's charge number at 215-893-1999 or the Academy Box Office at 215-893-1930. Ticket prices range from $25 to $55. For more information about Complete Care at Fox Chase Cancer Center or to make an appointment, call 215-728-7000.

A percentage of the proceeds from ticket sales for the lecture will be given in equal proportions to the Fox Chase Cancer Center, the AIDS Information Network and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania.

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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