June 9, 2006

Film focuses on cancer survivors

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Beth Malow, M.D.

The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt will host a reception and preview of the cancer survivorship documentary “A Lion in the House” on Monday, June 19, from 6-8 p.m.

The film follows the cancer experiences of five youngsters and their families over a six-year period, and offers an emotional and unflinching view of the hopes and challenges of cancer survivorship, quality of life and end of life concerns and health disparities.

The preview at the Children's Hospital Theatre will consist of a half-hour clip, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session. The full film will air on local PBS affiliate WNPT on June 21 and 22.

Topics will include: How do Vanderbilt's Childhood Cancer Program, Pediatric Advanced Comfort Team and other services address issues facing families going through the childhood cancer experience? How can Vanderbilt and its community partners work together to do more for the families served?

This event is intended for physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, school representatives and others in the community who serve and care for families dealing with childhood cancer and its aftermath.

Reservations are requested, and can be made by calling 936-3712.