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Seminar at UTHSCSA to expel myths of cancer clinical trials

San Antonio (Feb. 24, 2003) — What is a clinical trial? Are clinical trials safe? How does one go about enrolling in a clinical trial? These are some of the questions that will be answered at the "Cancer Clinical Trials — Barriers and Benefits!" seminar to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, in the School of Nursing building at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), 7703 Floyd Curl Drive. The event is free and open to the public. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Sharon Murphy, M.D., director of the Children's Cancer Research Institute, will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Murphy will discuss "The Myth of the Guinea Pig" and will answer questions such as: Are clinical trials beneficial? What are the different types of clinical trials? How does one find and evaluate a clinical trial?

Additional breakout sessions will allow participants to learn more about the cost and payment issues of clinical trials, advances in radiation therapy, the relationship between genetics and cancer, advances in breast cancer and complimentary and alternative therapies.

The seminar is presented by the Cancer Clinical Trials Task Force and hosted by the UTHSCSA. Sponsors include the American Cancer Society, Amgen, Astra-Zeneca, IDEC Pharmaceuticals, the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, Novartis Oncology Pharmaceutical and Ortho-Biotech.

For more information, visit www.aboutclinicaltrials.org or call (210) 616-5949.

Contact: Aileen Salinas or Natalie Gutierrez