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June 16, 2009 • Volume 6 / Number 12

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NCI Lecture Series Features Dr. Dennis Slamon

Dr. Dennis Slamon Dr. Dennis Slamon

NCI's Center for Cancer Research (CCR) continues its Eminent Lecture Series, presentations by nationally recognized scientists who work in cutting-edge research, with a talk by Dr. Dennis Slamon on June 22 at 3:00 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. The title of Dr. Slamon's talk is "Molecular Diversity of Human Breast Cancer: Clinical and Therapeutic Implications."

Dr. Slamon is director of Clinical/Translational Research at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC). For more than 12 years, he and his colleagues conducted the laboratory and clinical research that led to the development of the breast cancer drug trastuzumab (Herceptin), which targets a specific genetic alteration found in 20 to 25 percent of breast cancer patients. President Clinton appointed Dr. Slamon to a 2-year term on the three-member President's Cancer Panel in June 2000.

The lecture series is free and open to the public. Details about this and upcoming lectures in the series are available online.

Free Telephone Workshop Series for Cancer Survivors

The third and final telephone workshop in NCI's annual Living With, Through, and Beyond Cancer series will be held June 23 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT. Part III of the series is titled "Survivors Too—Family, Friends, and Loved Ones: Managing the Fatigue of Caregiving."

The three-part series offers cancer survivors, their families, friends, and health care professionals practical information to help them cope with concerns and issues that arise after treatment ends. The program is supported by NCI, CancerCare, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Intercultural Cancer Council, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.

The workshop is free; no telephone charges apply. To register, visit the CancerCare Web site at Parts I and II are archived and available as podcasts on the CancerCare Web site:

  • Part I: "Managing the Stress of Survivorship"
  • Part II: "The Importance of Nutrition and Physical Activity"

Russian Tobacco Control Forum Draws International Participation

2009 Russian Health or Tobacco Forum logo 2009 Russian Health or Tobacco Forum logo

The Second Russian Health or Tobacco Forum was held May 25–26 in Moscow. The meeting was organized by the State Duma of the Russian Federation and supported by the American Russian Cancer Alliance (ARCA) and NCI, among others. It showcased progress made in tobacco control since the Duma ratified the WHO Framework Convention Against Tobacco in 2008 and brought together governmental, academic, and nongovernmental entities to further the national strategy on tobacco control.

U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation John Beyrle participated in the opening ceremony, and Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD), majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, provided a video greeting and message to the Forum. ARCA was represented by its executive director, Sophia Michaelson, and by Dr. Paul Engstrom of the Fox Chase Cancer Center, an ARCA partner. Dr. Joe Harford, director of the Office of International Affairs, represented NCI.

Forum participants heard talks on the U.S. experience in tobacco control, as well as those of France, India, and Poland. Many Russian speakers discussed various aspects of the ongoing anti-tobacco activities in Russia, and awards were given to Russian journalists for their anti-tobacco stories in the press. At the conclusion of the meeting a series of recommendations were endorsed, including a significant increase in the price of cigarettes, an emphasis on smoking cessation, establishment of smoke-free zones in all public places, and additional tobacco control legislation that would decrease the availability of cigarettes, especially to minors.

Lance Armstrong Foundation Improves Its Spanish Web Site

Lance Armstrong Foundation, Español Lance Armstrong Foundation, Español

The Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) has redesigned its Spanish Web site,, to better meet the needs of Spanish speakers and to empower the Spanish-speaking cancer community.

Users can connect to LIVESTRONG SurvivorCare and get answers to questions about cancer, add the new Spanish widget to their desktops to receive LAF updates, watch or listen to online videos and audio about cancer survivorship, and send an electronic greeting card to encourage people affected by cancer to seek support from the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

The site also includes an online training for "promotores," Spanish speakers who promote health in their own communities. The online training focuses on improving the quality of life of Hispanic and Latino cancer survivors.

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