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Video: Edie Falco and Cynthia Nixon Appear in New Stand Up To Cancer(TM) PSAs Designed to Educate Cancer Patients About the Importance Of Lowering One's Risk of Infection During Treatment
Date:9/10/2009

," includes both print and broadcast announcements, and was created by Stand Up to Cancer(TM) with support from Amgen. Starting this fall, the 30- and 60-second broadcast spots will begin airing and the print version of the PSA will appear in major women and lifestyle magazines. The PSA directs people to www.manageyourtreatment.com for more information.

Cancer patients are at higher risk for infection due to a compromised immune system caused by both the cancer itself and, often, by chemotherapy treatment. Neutropenia, a low white blood cell count, is a common and potentially dangerous side effect of chemotherapy. It can lead to a heightened risk of infection that can require hospitalization and be life-threatening. Each year, 60,000 cancer patients are hospitalized for chemotherapy-induced neutropenia. Neutropenia also can disrupt chemotherapy treatment, including both dose delays and dose reductions, which -- for certain types of cancer -- may impede a patient's ability to achieve the best long-term results.

ABOUT STAND UP TO CANCER(TM)

The Stand Up To Cancer initiative was created in 2008 to accelerate groundbreaking cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives. SU2C's goal is to bring together the best and the brightest in the cancer community, encouraging collaboration instead of competition. By galvanizing the entertainment industry, SU2C creates awareness and builds broad public support for this effort. Stand Up To Cancer is a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that serves as the collective philanthropy for the television and film businesses. Visit standup2cancer.org.

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