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Volunteerism at Fox Chase Cancer Center Offers the Chance to Make a Difference

PHILADELPHIA (September 2, 1999) -- Cancer touches all of our lives - in our families, among friends, in our communities. Through its volunteer program, Fox Chase Cancer Center offers an opportunity to help others who are struggling with this terrible disease. The only requirements are a little time and a kind heart.

Fox Chase is currently recruiting for volunteers to become members of the Palliative Care Service. Fox Chase's Palliative Care Service provides end of life care to cancer patients in their homes. The care focuses on comfort, rather than on cure, and addresses the needs of the entire person, including medical, spiritual and psychosocial.

Palliative Care provides a compassionate support system in which the needs and wishes of patients and their families are fulfilled as much as possible. The Fox Chase team includes registered nurses, a social worker, a chaplain, home health aides and of course, volunteers.

The volunteers attend a 20-hour training session to prepare for this type of service. They provide compassionate understanding and support to cancer patients as well as to families and caretakers, helping to relieve them of routine tasks so they can enjoy the time they have left with their loved ones. The next volunteer training session is scheduled to begin in October.

For an application and more information about this and other volunteer opportunities at Fox Chase, please call Kathie Reed-McKain, Director of Volunteer Services, at 215-728-2560.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of 36 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.

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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