June 8 Event Offers Tips for Talking with Doctors about Cancer

May 30, 2006

Communication between doctors and patients is key.

People with cancer can learn how to better communicate with their doctors and become a more active participant in healthcare decisions during a free lecture at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 8, at the Strathallan Hotel, 550 East Ave.

Internationally renowned researcher, psychologist, and educator Phyllis Butow, Ph.D., will lead the discussion, which is sponsored by Gilda's Club and University of Rochester Medical Center’s Family Medicine Research Programs.

Butow is a professor of psychology at the University of Sydney, Australia, and director of its Medical Psychology Research Unit, the world’s largest research group studying ways to improve communication between patients with cancer and health care professionals.

To attend the free event, call 423-9700.

Butow is a Pfizer Visiting Professor in Health Literacy/Clear Health Communication, and her tenure at the Medical Center is funded by a Pfizer Inc. grant to Ronald M. Epstein, M.D., professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry, associate dean for educational evaluation and research, and director of The Rochester Center to Improve Communication in Health Care.

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