Cancer Communication Focus of Upcoming Symposium

Posted: September 6, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Michelle Nery

“Language used by health care professionals can potentially impact families, patients, diagnoses, and recovery in both positive and negative ways,” says Lisa Sparks Bethea, assistant professor of Communication and organizer of “Health, Communication, and Aging: A Showcase of Issues and Implications in Cancer Communication.” The symposium, open to the public, will be held Thursday, Sept. 13, from 2 to 6:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Multipurpose Room.

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the primary goals of the symposium are to showcase a panel of emerging trends in the study of cancer communication and to build bridges between the theory and practice of communicating about cancer.

The symposium is divided into three topic panels on communicating cancer risk, health care consumer-provider issues, and new technology issues. Gary Kreps, chief of the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch of the National Cancer Institute, will present “The Impact of Communication On Cancer Risk, Incidence, Morbidity, Mortality, and Quality of Life.” Discussion leaders include K. Vish Viswanath, program director, National Cancer Institute, and David Nelson, senior health scientist, National Cancer Institute.

Registration is free; dinner following the symposium is $20. For more information or to register contact Lisa Sparks Bethea at x33774 or

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