Empowering Book for Cancer Patients Receives Top Honors from Medical Writers; a Portion of Proceeds to Benefit CancerCare

NEW YORK, July 28, 2010—The American Medical Writer’s Association has awarded Richard C. Frank, MD, first place in its 2010 national book awards for his book, Fighting Cancer with Knowledge and Hope: A Guide for Patients, Families, and Health Care Providers. Dr. Frank has chosen CancerCare as a beneficiary by donating a portion of the proceeds from sales of the book to the nonprofit organization, which offers free, professional support services to anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis.

Dr. Frank’s book provides expert insight to patients about the basics of cancer—what it is, how it spreads, how treatment strategies are chosen and how they work, and the importance of addressing a patient’s emotional needs as a standard part of his or her treatment. The goal of the book is to inspire patients to feel in control over their health challenge at a time when they may feel powerless.

CancerCare CEO Helen H. Miller, LCSW, applauds Dr. Frank’s book. “Fighting Cancer with Knowledge and Hope is an excellent, informative resource for anyone facing a cancer diagnosis,” she says. “Newly diagnosed patients often feel overwhelmed by the tremendous amount of information they need to process. Dr. Frank’s book disseminates this information in a reassuring, clear, and empowering manner.”

Dr. Frank’s book is also the recipient of the 2010 Will Solimene Award for Excellence in Medical Communication.

About Richard C. Frank, MD

Richard C. Frank, MD is a medical oncologist and director of cancer research at the Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital. He was recently appointed to the federal government’s Advisory Panel on Medicare Education (APME). Prior to joining Norwalk Hospital, he was a Clinical Assistant Attending Physician on the Hematology and Lymphoma Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Instructor in the Department of Medicine at Cornell University Medical College.

About CancerCare

CancerCare is a national nonprofit, 501 c(3) organization that provides free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the bereaved. CancerCare programs—including counseling and support groups, education, financial assistance and practical help—are provided by professional oncology social workers and are completely free of charge.

For more information, contact Kyle Hornyak at 212-712-8347; or email khornyak@cancercare.org.

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