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February 19. 2013 7:14PM
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Geisinger offers clinical trials to area cancer patients

Geisinger Health System is currently offering clinical trials to area cancer patients. There are 114 open trials for adults and 14 open trials for children. These include, but are not limited to, trials for leukemia, lymphoma, melanoma, sarcoma and breast, bladder, prostate, pancreatic, colon, renal and gynecological cancers.

In 2012, 84 patients have been enrolled in clinical trials, including nearly 60 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, 10 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township, 10 at Geisinger-Scenery Park in State College and five at the Geisinger Medical Center-Hazleton Cancer Center.

According to Heather Albertson, oncology clinical research manager, trials may include an investigation agent in addition to standard therapies already being used. It could also involve already approved therapies that are being tested in a different type of cancer to see if it is as effective or better than the standard therapy.

To find out what clinical trials are available at Geisinger locations, visit Geisinger's Find a study application online at Those interested in knowing if there is a clinical trial available for themselves or a family member, can call toll free at (877) 204-6081.

Photo sessions for breast cancer survivors rescheduled

Patients and survivors of breast cancer are invited to join Candy's Place and ShadowCatcher Photography from noon-7 p.m. Dec. 5 for a day of pampering and a free photo shoot.

The event was rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy. Hair and makeup will be done before the photo session. Participants will receive the first five digital images at no charge and can purchase prints, with the proceeds going to Candy's Place.

The event entitled, I Picture Hope, includes an international network of professional photographers who are offering free photo sessions to women who are currently battling and have survived breast cancer. Local participating photographer is Lori Prashker-Thomas of ShadowCatcher Ltd. Photography.

The event is free, but participants must register before attending the event.

To register, call Candy's Place at 714-8800 or for more information on I Picture Hope, visit

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