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 News Release - May 31, 2006

The Group Room(R) Cancer Talk Radio Show to Broadcast Live From the 42nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Sunday, June 4

LOS ANGELES, May 31 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- The Group Room -- the nationally syndicated weekly call-in cancer talk radio show -- will produce its annual live broadcast from the 42nd meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), Sunday, June 4, 2006, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA.

"We're pleased to have The Group Room return for their 9th annual live broadcast from the floor of ASCO's Annual Meeting," said Roy S. Herbst, PhD, MD, Chair of ASCO's Cancer Communications Committee and Professor of Medicine at University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. "This radio show provides a tremendous informational service to the patient community by presenting thoughtful perspective and expert review of the latest science advances in cancer care research."

The annual ASCO meeting is one of the largest and most important scientific oncology meetings in the world and the program provides an excellent opportunity for listeners to speak directly with some of the most noted cancer experts. This special broadcast is a collaborative effort with ASCO's consumer website,, and will present clinical highlights from the meeting, with a special focus on survivorship and patient care, lung and breast cancer, as well as advances in targeted therapies. The program is hosted by Selma R. Schimmel, founder and CEO of Vital Options International and a three-time cancer survivor.

Physicians joining the panel include:

* Patricia Ganz, MD, Board Member, American Society of Clinical Oncology; Director of Cancer Prevention and Control Research at UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center; Professor of Health Services and Medicine, UCLA School of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA;

* Julie Gralow, MD, Associate Professor of Medical Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Co-Chair of the Southwest Oncology Group's Breast Cancer Committee, Seattle, WA;

* Ronald Natale, MD, Attending Physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Outpatient Cancer Center at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, Director of the National Lung Cancer Research Program and Senior Research Advisor for the Solid Tumor Program for Aptium Oncology, Los Angeles, California;

* Edward Kim, MD, BS, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Director of Educational Programs, Department of Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology, and Director, Residency Training in Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anders Cancer Center, Houston, TX.

The show is heard live in select cities and on XM Satellite Radio's Talk Radio XM 165, and Internet simulcast at, where all programs are also archived. Callers enter on-air discussions toll-free at 1-800-GRP-ROOM (1-800-477-7666) or sending their comments and questions by email to This special feature of The Group Room will also be accessible through ASCO at

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is the world's leading professional organization representing physicians of all oncology subspecialties who care for people with cancer. ASCO's more than 20,000 members from the United States and abroad set the standard for patient care and lead the efforts to discover more effective cancer treatments, increase funding for clinical and translational research, and, ultimately, improve cancer care for the estimated 10 million people diagnosed with cancer worldwide each year. ASCO publishes the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO), the preeminent, peer-reviewed, medical journal on clinical cancer research, and produces People Living With Cancer (, a comprehensive consumer website providing oncologist-vetted cancer information to help patients and families make informed health-care decisions.

Founded in 1983, Vital Options was the first psychosocial and advocacy and organization for young adults with cancer, before expanding into an international cancer communications organization with the launch of The Group Room in 1996. Vital Options International is noted for its pioneering approach in using cutting edge technology to communicate about cancer, and recently launched CancerTalk(SM), the first Internet radio show which integrates visual components and medical illustrations to complement and support the physician discussion. Vital Options maintains an award winning website having been named in Forbes Best of the Web Directory, as well as receiving the Editor's Choice Award from OncoLink. Vital Options International is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Southern California, with its European division based in Paris, France, at the American Hospital of Paris.

This special broadcast of The Group Room is supported through educational grants from Genentech BioOncology, GlaxoSmithKline Oncology and Lilly Oncology.

Source: Vital Options

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