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Cancer Research Institute Announces June Cancer Immunotherapy Awareness Month; 1-800-FLOWERS.COM® and The Fund for Park Avenue to Support and Promote Awareness
Date:5/8/2013

New York, NY (PRWEB) May 08, 2013

The Cancer Research Institute (CRI) declares June “Cancer Immunotherapy Awareness Month” to increase awareness of cancer immunotherapy, a new class of cancer treatment that mobilizes the immune system to fight the disease and represents the most immediate hope for curing patients with any type of cancer.

Many members of the public are not aware of cancer immunotherapy’s ability to treat cancer and its potential to offer safer and more effective treatment options for all cancer patients. Cancer Immunotherapy Awareness Month will raise awareness of this sea change in cancer treatment, and enlist public support in helping to accelerate development of immunotherapies for patients with all types of cancer.

“For 60 years, CRI has remained steadfast in its dedication to realizing immunotherapy’s potential to treat and cure cancer,” said Jill O’Donnell-Tormey, Ph.D., chief executive officer and director of scientific affairs at the Cancer Research Institute. “Because of this work, today safe and powerful new immune-based treatment options are finally available, and we are dedicated to increasing awareness and support to bring them to more patients sooner.”

During the month of June, the Cancer Research Institute will host a series of free-to-the-public webinars each week in June (schedule below). The webinars will feature scientific experts who will share the latest news in cancer immunotherapy, including breakthrough new treatment strategies as well as challenges the field still faces in its attempts to optimize immune-based cancer therapies. Audience participants will be able to submit questions for the experts in a moderated Q&A session following the presentation.

On June 7, and every first Friday in June thereafter, CRI will promote “Wear White for a Cure Day” – white signifying immunotherapy’s power to treat all cancers. On this day, individuals including employ
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