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NEW NUMBER FOR PENNSYLVANIA'S CANCER LINE

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Health Secretary Allan S. Noonan announced today that the toll free number for Cancer Care Resources and Services has been changed to 800-PA-CANCER.
 "Although most communities offer a wide array of support services for cancer patients and their families, as few as 10 percent of family care givers actually use these services," Noonan said. "The 800-PA-CANCER line is easy to remember and offers an easy way for cancer patients and their families to get access to community resources."
 The phone service, which operates between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, was established to provide up-to-date information on nutrition, counseling, rehabilitation and home health care services as well as the names and phone numbers of agencies in the caller's community that provide such services.
 Calls are answered by a registered nurse who specializes in providing information from the computerized Pennsylvania Cancer Community Resource Data Base, a county listing of resources for cancer patients and their families.
 The phone service also can provide free written information on cancer, including "Helping People Cope, A Guide for Families Facing Cancer." This booklet provides information about resources and health care for cancer patients and their families.
 The toll-free line now receives about 200 calls and provides as many as 2,000 of the booklets each month.
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 /CONTACT: Kathy Liebler of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, 717-787-1783/


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