Book tells stories of Moffitt lung cancer patients, their families, caregivers and health care professionals’ experiences with clinical trials

May 18, 2006

Tampa, FL  – Clinical trials hold great promise for lung cancer treatment and cure but patients with the disease are less likely than other cancer patients to participate in clinical trials. In collaboration with local photojournalist Beth Reynolds, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute’s Thoracic Oncology Advocacy Committee has put together Faces of Lung Cancer, a book of photo-essays from patients, family members, caregivers and health care professionals in hopes of sharing the stories of lung cancer patients who have participated in clinical trials and educating the community on clinical trials.

“The ultimate goal of the book is not to persuade patients to participate in a clinical trial,” says Dr. Gerold Bepler, Program Leader, Thoracic Oncology. “But to address the lack of information and misperceptions about trials among lung cancer patients.” Lung cancers comprise the highest portion of deaths from cancer in the United States, yet there are fewer lung cancer trials than for patients with other types of cancer.

The book will be launched May 23 during the bi-annual LATTE Forum. The Lung and Thoracic Tumor Education Forum will feature Dr. Coleman Obasaju, Medical Director, U.S. Medical Division of Lilly Oncology, who will give a talk entitled, “New Treatments from Discovery to Delivery.” Afterwards, there will be an “Ask the Experts” Panel Presentation. The Forum will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Vincent A. Stabile Research Building, David Murphey Conference Room. To R.S.V.P. call (813) 745-1396 by May 18.

The author/photographer and several of those featured in the book will be available for interviews. Please contact Michelle Carlyon Foley at (813) 745-1505 for a copy of the book or to arrange an interview.

For more information, log onto the Web site at facesoflungcancer.com. To purchase the book send your name, address and phone number along with a $25 check or money order payable to the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute to:

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute MCC/Thoracic Program Office 12902 Magnolia Drive Tampa, FL 33612-9497

In 2001, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute earned NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center status in recognition of its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.

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