CAS Sponsors Cancer Symposium Next Week

Posted: February 19, 2002 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, Feb. 28, from 2 to 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner in the Johnson Center Sid and Reva Dewberry Hall (Multipurpose Room).

Keynote speaker Jan Dravecky, family caregiver and spouse of former San Francisco Giants baseball pitcher Dave Dravecky, will share her personal insights as a primary caregiver of a cancer survivor. Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the symposium will showcase a panel of emerging trends in the study of cancer communication and attempt 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.

The registration fee of $20 includes dinner. For more information or to register contact Lisa Sparks Bethea at x33774 or mbethea@gmu.edu.

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