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Steve Torres Wins Regional Award from the Cancer Information Service

PHILADELPHIA (September 6, 2001) -- Steve Torres, of North Hills, Pa., has been awarded the Spirit of the Cancer Information Service (CIS) Award for the Atlantic Region. Torres is a Network Administrator for CIS located on the campus at Fox Chase Cancer Center. The Cancer Information Service is a program of the National Cancer Institute providing the latest, most accurate information about cancer to patients, their families, and the public.

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

Torres was selected in recognition of the dedication he shows to his work, which facilitates growth of the CIS and subsequently helps thousands of people with concerns about cancer.

Since joining the Atlantic Region CIS in 1994, Torres has more than doubled the CIS computer capabilities and led the program forward into the emerging age of technology as computers have become an integral part of the daily program.

Making use of his kind inspiration and guidance, Torres assists all members of the staff to ensure they are proficient and comfortable with the computer system and able to fully integrate it into their work. He also manages the computer system so that it operates as flawlessly as possible. He often finds additional sources of data to use for program planning, configures systems for the unique needs of different staff and program areas, and always coordinates necessary efforts with the technology staff at Fox Chase Cancer Center and CIS Central Support.

Torres's contributions are not confined to solely the Atlantic Region. He has also become an integral part of the entire CIS network. Torres has served on task forces, trained offices in the use of new software, and even helped coordinate the central purchase of new computers for CIS nationally.

Linda Fleisher, project director for the Cancer Information Service hailed Torres's unique contributions to the CIS for being as crucial to the program as those made by the staff who answer the phones.

"He is an outstanding colleague who exemplifies the depth of commitment and caring to the CIS service that abounds in this program," Fleisher said. "It is his everyday actions and his willingness to go the extra mile that allows us to provide the best CIS service possible."

For the past 25 years, the Cancer Information Service (CIS) 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, one of the nation's first comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute in 1974, conducts basic and clinical research; programs of prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach. For more information about Fox Chase activities, visit the Center's web site at

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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