Date: 9/2/2005

Fall Cancer Symposium focuses on Humor, Hope and Healing

MUNSTER — The Cancer Research Foundation of Community Hospital offers to the public its free annual Fall Cancer Symposium from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at the Centre for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road in Munster. The program, entitled Humor, Hope and Healing will focus on hormone therapy for breast cancer, CyberKnife treatment for previously inoperable tumors and lesions and a discussion on the power of humor to get through the diagnosis of cancer and its treatment.

Lawrence Wickerham, M.D., associate chairman of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project, will talk first on “Update on the Hormonal Therapy of Breast Cancer.” Earlier that evening Wickerham will address a group of local women who participated in STAR, the Study of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene. These 67 women were one of the largest patient groups in the country involved in this five-year study.

Medical Director of CyberKnife Center and Radiation Therapy for Community Hospital and St. Catherine Hospital, Andrej Zajac, M.D., will talk on “CyberKnife Therapy: New Hope for cancers of the brain, spine, liver, lung and pancreas.” The CyberKnife Center at St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago is one of only 26 in the nation capable of treating previously inoperable tumors and lesions in organs, brain and spine.

Social Worker and Humorist Greg Risberg, M.S.W., will conclude the program with “Humor, Hugs and Hope,” focusing on how to cope with a cancer diagnosis. Risberg’s talk complements the mission of the Cancer Resource Centre in Munster that aims to provide support to cancer patients and their families through free classes, lectures and support groups.

This program is free, but registration is required by calling 219-836-3477 or toll-free 1-866-836-3477.

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