A new program brings community members to Fox Chase, not for treatment or testing but to learn about and discuss cancer and cancer experiences. “Cancer Conversations,” a series of public talks and presentations, opened in 2011 with readings by two authors. A documentary filmmaker was featured in early February.
In honor of the recent launch of the Women’s Cancer Center, two former breast cancer patients kicked off the series. Kelly Corrigan read in November from her New York Times best-selling memoir The Middle Place, which details her experience as both cared-for and caregiver after her father is diagnosed with bladder cancer while she is in treatment.
“The quality of my interactions with people, since the day I got diagnosed, has been richer and realer and better in every way,” Corrigan told the Fox Chase audience.
In March, Susan Conley discussed her memoir The Foremost Good Fortune, which describes her experience with breast cancer while living in China.
On February 2, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer John Kaplan screened his documentary, “Not As I Pictured,” which follows his diagnosis at 48 with a rare form of lymphoma.
“We want to educate and support people who are affected by or interested in cancer,” says vice president for communications Franklin Hoke. “This series brings members of the community to Fox Chase to engage with an enriching experience, regardless of whether they are facing an illness.”