Expert to Share Personal, Professional Experiences with Alternative Treatments and Cancer

February 21, 2003

The Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center will hold a discussion on the role that patients’ expectations play in cancer side-effects and the effectiveness of alternative treatments at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 13.

The dinner program will be in the University of Rochester Medical Center Conference Center’s William and Mildred Levine Pavilion, located at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Kendrick Road. Joseph A. Roscoe, Ph.D., research assistant professor, will share his insight as a cancer survivor and clinical researcher into how personal expectations can impact the cancer experience.

Roscoe was treated with radiation for Hodgkin’s disease in 1978 and chemotherapy in 1989. Following the latter treatment, he pursued a career in clinical research to study the role that expectations play in patients’ response to cancer treatments. He analyzes the placebo effect, the development of nausea, and the effectiveness of alternative treatments, such as wrist bands and polarity therapy, during cancer treatment.

“When patients expect to have side-effects from treatment, to some extent, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. This understanding means open communication between patients and their oncologists is critical as they undergo treatment so the medical team can help reduce or alleviate unwarranted fears,” said Roscoe, a psychologist.

The cost is $20 per person, which includes dinner. Scholarships are available for eligible registrants. To register, call Kristin Galvin-Burwick at (585) 275-4797 or e-mail kristin_galvinburwick@urmc.rochester.edu. Questions about the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program may be directed to Jennifer J. Griggs, M.D., M.P.H., co-director, or Beverly Brooks, associate director of community education, at (585) 275-4797. ##

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