Public lecture explains what cancer patients want you to know

October 10, 2006

Madeline Vann
Phone: 504-247-1425

Few people know what to say to a person battling cancer. For those who wonder what to say and how to say it, the Tulane University School of Medicine Section of Pulmonary Diseases, Critical Care and Environmental Medicine is hosting a free, public lecture titled "Compassionate Communication: A Forum for Anyone Touched by Cancer" on Thursday Oct 12, 2006, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the first floor auditorium of the school, 1430 Tulane Avenue.

Author and cancer survivor Lori Hope will be giving the presentation based on her book, "Help me Live: 20 Things People with Cancer Want You to Know." Hope, an Emmy-winning documentary producer and former medical reporter, wrote her book after she survived her own battle with cancer.

The book summarizes the results of interviews and an online survey Hope conducted with cancer survivors, physicians and therapists to find out what people with cancer want others to know. Chapter titles include advice like "It's ok to say or do the 'wrong' thing," "I want to hear success stories, not horror stories" and "I don't know why I got cancer, and I don't want to hear your theory."

For more information about Lori Hope, visit her website

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000