VICC Uses Web to Stand Up To Cancer

August 19, 2008

The Entertainment Industry Foundation has issued a call to the nation to “Stand Up To Cancer.” This campaign will be highlighted by an hourlong television special to be aired simultaneously by CBS, NBC and ABC, Sept. 5, 7- 8 p.m., CDT. Several Hollywood celebrities, athletes, musicians and journalists have already committed to appear on the broadcast which will call attention to the stagnant federal budget for cancer research and will raise funds to accelerate that research.

In support of Stand Up To Cancer, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has launched a special interactive Web site, www.standuptocancertn.com.

“Nowhere is the need to stand up to cancer more urgent than right here in Tennessee, where death rates from cancer are among the highest in the nation,” said Anne Washburn, M.P.H., associate director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Office of Patient and Community Education. “Every hour, we lose one of our Tennessee neighbors to cancer.”

The new Web site is intended to provide a forum for conversation and personal connection. It includes information about how individuals can learn more about standing up to cancer and getting involved in the community. It offers an opportunity to share stories and suggestions and it is a gateway to other resources, including the national Stand Up To Cancer Web site and to CanConnect, a brand new online cancer connection community for survivors, families, caregivers, researchers and health professionals in Middle Tennessee.

Each page includes an easy-to-use comments section where individuals can add their stories and suggest other cancer and health care resources and communication opportunities.

“One in two men and one in three women will face a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime,” Washburn said. “We all have a stake in this.”

The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of two centers in Tennessee and 41 in the country to earn this highest distinction. Its nearly 300 faculty members generate more than $140 million in annual federal research funding, ranking it among the top 10 centers in the country in competitive grant support, and its clinical program sees approximately 4,000 new cancer patients each year. Vanderbilt-Ingram, based in Nashville, Tenn., recently joined with 21 of the world’s leading centers in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a non-profit alliance dedicated to improving cancer care for patients everywhere. For more information, visit vicc.org.

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