FOR RELEASE: 3/30/2011Contact: Patrice Bedrosian (ACS), John Cappiello (BH), (ACS), (BH)

Joining Forces in the Fight Against Cancer: Bridgeport Hospital and American Cancer Society Sign Collaborative Agreement

The American Cancer Society and The Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute at Bridgeport Hospital are joining forces in the fight against cancer. Both organizations signed a collaboration agreement on March 17, 2011, to work together on a number of key initiatives, including providing cancer information; support programs for patients, education activities to promote the early detection of breast, colon and lung cancers; and promote cancer survivorship programs and the availability of cancer related clinical trials.

“Our collaboration agreement with the American Cancer Society is an extension of the informal relationship we have enjoyed with each other for many years,” said Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute Co-Medical Director Robert Folman, MD.

“Working together with the American Cancer Society helps both of our organizations enhance our services and the quality of information and support we can provide to the community,” added Cancer Institute Co-Medical Director Scott Thornton, MD.

“The American Cancer Society actively seeks to collaborate with local hospitals to help provide the public with information, day-to-day help and emotional support through Society staff and volunteers,” said Michelle Wolf, Vice President of Health Initiatives for the American Cancer Society. "Working in partnership with Bridgeport Hospital, we will strive further to reach the goals to eliminate cancer as a major health problem by helping people get well, stay well, find cures and fight back against cancer.”

Through the collaborative agreement, the American Cancer Society and Bridgeport Hospital will work together to:

Provide free, personalized cancer information and consultation for all newly diagnosed cancer patients.

Provide free resource materials and clinical trials matching assistance to cancer patients.

Provide supportive services to Bridgeport Hospital patients including Society programs such as Look Good Feel Better, a program for female cancer patients undergoing treatment; Man to Man, a program for patients diagnosed with prostate cancer and Road to Recovery, a free transportation program for cancer patients in need of rides to treatment.

Present and partner in cancer survivor recognition opportunities at American Cancer Society community events, such as Relay For Life survivor receptions, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer as well as hospital sponsored events.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

The Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute at Bridgeport Hospital provides care to over 1,000 newly-diagnosed cancer patients each year, more than any other hospital in Fairfield County. The hospital is a member of the Yale-New Haven Cancer Network, an alliance of hospitals across Connecticut that provides access to the latest breakthroughs and delivers an unparalleled level of expertise in cancer, prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

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