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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Franciscan St. Francis Cancer Center symposium focuses on total patient care

INDIANAPOLIS – From diagnosis to post-therapy care, a patient with cancer faces a daunting obstacle course of challenges and options. Paramount is orchestrating a comprehensive plan of treatment.

A fully integrated approach is what experts at the Franciscan St. Francis Cancer Center have been forging with others in the medical community. And that is the impetus behind the 2012 Oncology Symposium, Friday, May 4.

The day-long event, which will be held at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis, brings together several clinicians discussing a range of cancer topics, including signs and symptoms, screening guidelines, diagnosis, treatment options and side effects, and effective long-term care after treatment.

“It’s vital to enhance the partnership between primary care and oncology practitioners,” said program moderator Peter Garrett, M.D., the Center’s medical director and chair of the hospital’s Cancer Committee. “The symposium offers an opportunity for primary care physicians, nurses, oncologists and allied health professionals to discuss and explore integrated approaches to improving patient outcomes.”

Among the keynote speakers for the day is Dan Shapiro, professor and chair of humanities at Penn State College of Medicine. A cancer survivor, Shapiro will share his experiences in battling the disease using funny, but true stories and discuss the importance of the support of family and friends. He’s also a book author and has been a consultant for various television dramas and for National Geographic.

For a full listing of participants and breakout session topics – and to register for the conference – go to, or contact Mindi Matthews at 317-528-7794 or at

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