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Green Tree hosts cancer survivors conference

Mike Wereschagin
| Thursday, March 5, 2009 12:00 a.m

The American Cancer Society’s 21st annual Cancer Survivors Conference is scheduled for March 14 at the Radisson in Green Tree.

Up to 400 people are expected to attend. The conference is free for cancer survivors and $10 for friends and family. The registration deadline is Saturday, said Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan, cancer control community specialist for the Western Region of the society’s Pennsylvania division. Those wishing to attend can call 888-227-5445 or visit www.cancer.org/wrsurvconf .

“It’s a celebratory event to celebrate people who have been through a cancer diagnosis,” Pagel-Hogan said.

About 70,000 people in Pennsylvania are living with cancer, according to the state Department of Health. The most pervasive kinds are lung and bronchus cancer, affecting more than 10,000 people, followed by breast cancer, which affects about 9,000 women in the state.

Allegheny County, with 7,400 cancer diagnoses, has more cancer patients than any other county, including Philadelphia. Westmoreland County, with about 2,400 cases, has the ninth-most, according to the Department of Health.

The American Cancer Society offers cancer patients access to a wide-ranging support network, including counselors who also are cancer survivors, information about the disease and free rides to and from treatment. The support line is 800-227-2345

“Patients can call us 24/7 and learn about those resources — things they might not have even known we could provide,” Pagel-Hogan said.

Stories of survival

For stories of survival from the conference, check out next week’s Neighborhoods section in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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