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May 15, 2012 • Volume 9 / Number 10

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NCI's Ann O'Mara Receives American Pain Society Award

Dr. Ann O'Mara Dr. Ann O'Mara

The American Pain Society recently awarded the John and Emma Bonica Public Service Award to Dr. Ann O'Mara, head of palliative research in NCI's Division of Cancer Prevention.

The award is named for John Bonica, a leader in the pain treatment movement, and his wife, Emma. The award honors outstanding contributions by an individual or organization to further knowledge about pain through public education, dissemination of information, public service, or other efforts.

Dr. O'Mara has conducted research on end-of-life care and on the education of nurses and physicians about palliative care. Her publications have focused primarily on quality-of-life issues facing patients with cancer and their families through all stages of the disease. She manages a portfolio of symptom management, palliative care, and end-of-life care research projects. Most of these projects cover adverse effects associated with cancer and its treatment, including pain, chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and psychosocial issues such as distress, anxiety, and depression.

Cancer Classroom Webinar: The Social Determinants of Health

Cancer Classroom logo As part of the Cancer Classroom Series, NCI will offer a webinar titled "Social Determinants of Health: Implications for Cancer Control" on June 5, 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET.

Dr. Shobha Srinivasan will provide an overview of the complex social structures and economic systems that are responsible for most health inequalities, their influence on cancer, and implications for cancer control. These social structures and economic systems include the social and physical environment, health services, and structural and societal factors.

At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to

  • identify factors related to social determinants of health;
  • describe the relationship between social determinants of health and health inequalities;
  • discuss how social determinants of health may influence cancer and cancer control; and
  • identify NCI resources for cancer screening, education, and outreach.

The Cancer Classroom Series provides early-career public health professionals and those new to oncology the educational guidance, tools, and resources necessary to address cancer as a public health issue.

Workshops are free, but preregistration is required and space is limited. To register for "Social Determinants of Health" or to find out about upcoming sessions, visit the series website.

What You Need to Know About Cancer Booklets Updated

Two booklets in NCI's What You Need to Know (WYNTK) series have been updated:

Booklets in the WYNTK series are for people who have been recently diagnosed with cancer and want to learn about stages, treatment options, sources of support, and follow-up care. The booklets offer lists of questions about treatment options that people can take to their next doctor appointment.

The publications are available online in HTML and PDF formats, and some are available in print.

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