August 15, 2008

Webcast to probe cell phone safety

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Webcast to probe cell phone safety

Reid Thompson, M.D., director of the Vanderbilt Brain Tumor Center, will wade into the swirling debate about whether cell phones induce brain cancer during a Webcast, Friday, Aug. 22, from noon to 1 p.m.

He will discuss what scientists know about the genesis of cancerous brain tumors during the “Patient Power” webcast hosted by Andrew Schorr, a leukemia survivor and patient educator.

A highly publicized memo from the director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute about the risk of cell phones revived debate about their safety.

“There have been several well-designed studies researching a possible link between cell phone exposure and brain cancer and right now the science doesn't support this link,” Thompson said.

Ezra Fitz, a 31-year-old Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center patient, will join Thompson and Schorr.

Listeners can catch the webcast live at, e-mail questions to, or call in and join the discussion at (877) 711-5611.