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February 1, 2010

Simmons Cancer Institute Sets Public Event on Genetics and Cancer

Cancer patients, their families and caregivers will be able to explore genetics and cancer at a free public event Thursday evening, February 17, in Springfield.  The title is “Cancer: Is it in Your Genes?”  Registration and light refreshments will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Simmons Cancer Institute, 315 W. Carpenter, Room 1012, Springfield.

The program is presented by Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (SCI), Memorial Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital.  Funding support has been provided by PNC, formerly National City Bank.

Guest speakers for the event are Dr. Sandra Ettema, assistant professor of otolaryngology head and neck surgery and a cancer survivor, Ellen Thomas, certified genetic counselor in pediatrics, and Christine Carver, nurse practitioner for SCI’s Breast Center.

The panelists will discuss the value of genetic counseling and testing for families who may have a risk of cancer and options following the tests.
Pre-registration is encouraged on-line at or by calling 217-545-7493 weekdays.  Pre-registration is encouraged on-line at / or by calling 217-545-7493 weekdays.  The event is part of SCI’s continuing efforts to provide free community wellness programs.

The mission of the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer care needs through education, research, patient care and community service.  Its Web site is