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The Wellness Community Announces National Cancer Survivorship Research & Training Institute in Philadelphia
Date:10/20/2008

dealing with, and recovering from breast cancer across the country. The ultimate goal of the Research & Training Institute's inaugural project will be to recommend strategies to create a seamless continuity of services throughout the course of treatment and afterward to overcome barriers that physicians experience in referring cancer patients to support programs and services.

"I am proud that Philadelphia was selected to be the site of this national cancer resource," said Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, who is slated to speak at the luncheon announcing the new Cancer Survivorship Research & Training Institute. "Our city has been a destination for cancer research and treatment and now we will also be a leader in providing models of effective social support services so vital to enabling people with cancer to live a better quality of life."

"Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs" published by the Institute of Medicine, [http://www.iom.edu/CMS/3809/34252/47228.aspx] sets a clear mandate for community-based support as an essential element of quality health care for cancer patients and their families. Recognized in the report as a leading organization in the delivery of quality psychosocial and survivorship care, The Wellness Community will address the goals outlined in the IOM's landmark report with evidence-based rigor, and set the standard of excellence for community-based organizations.

"Although laboratory research has been at the forefront of innovative psychosocial interventions for people with cancer, there are no large-scale delivery mechanisms for disseminating these types of research findings into the community," said Mitch Golant, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Research and Training for The Wellness Community. "This Research & Training Institute will help bridge the gap."

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