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CCR Grand Rounds
June 27
Dan Ihde Memorial Lecture

Dr. Paul A. Bunn, Jr., Professor and Director, University of Colorado Cancer Center, Grohne/Stapp Chair in Cancer Research, University of Colorado. "EGFR Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor for Lung Cancer: Patient Selection and Methods to Overcome Primary Resistance."

July 4
No lecture;
Federal holiday

CCR Grand Rounds are held 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md., in the Clinical Center's Lipsett Amphitheater.

A Lion in the House to Air on PBS
On June 21 and 22, A Lion in the House , a two-part documentary about childhood cancer, will air on the "Independent Lens" series on most public television stations across the country. The 4-hour documentary details 6 years in the lives of five young people aged 6 to 19 - and their families - as they undergo cancer treatment at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. In a review of the film, The Lancet called it a "fascinating tale of bravery and hope."

At the Children's Inn at NIH last week, representatives from the national media heard the inside story of the making of A Lion in the House . The discussion touched on many psychosocial issues that emerge in families of children with cancer and was moderated by Susan Dentzler, a medical reporter from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). NCI participants included Drs. Crystal Mackall, acting chief of the Pediatric Oncology Branch; Lori Weiner, coordinator of the Pediatric Psychosocial Support and Research Program; and Steve Channock, head of the Genomic Variation Section in NCI's CCR. They emphasized the crucial role of the health care team in supporting the family. "You're simply not a good doctor if you can't communicate with that family, which starts with hearing their story as they see it, so that you can meet them where they are," said Dr. Mackall.

For more information about the film and air times on local PBS stations, go to

New Monograph Available
A new NCI monograph, Cancer Epidemiology in Older Adolescents and Young Adults 15 to 29 Years of Age, Including SEER Incidence and Survival: 1975-2000, is the first to provide detailed information about cancer incidence and outcomes in adolescents and young adults, a group in which there are unique patterns of cancer incidence.

A collaborative effort between NCI's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program and the NCI-funded Children's Oncology Group, the monograph gathered population-based incidence, mortality, and survival data specific to cancers in the older adolescent and young adult population, along with epidemiological data and risk factors for the development of age-specific cancers.

The monograph is intended to educate medical providers and the public about cancer incidence and survival among those aged 15 to 29, and provide the impetus for further research to improve the survival and the quality of life in this population. The monograph can be viewed and downloaded at

caBIG™ Wins Computerworld Award
On June 5, NCI's Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG™) received the 21st Century Achievement Award, the top honor in the Science category, from the Computerworld Honors Program. The program "commemorates the contributions people and organizations have made to the betterment of society through the exceptional - if not heroic - use of information technology." For more information about the award, go to For more information on caBIG™, go to

NCAB Meeting Held
The National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB) held its most recent meeting on June 14. A copy of the agenda can be found at A videocast of the meeting can be found at

NCI-Frederick Redesigns Web Site
In response to a range of suggestions, NCI-Frederick has redesigned its Web site: The new site includes enhanced navigation and search capacity, a news center, a listing of the most used links, and a daily events calendar.