News | June 27, 2007

Cancer Patient Advocate Honored at Annual ASCO Meeting

June 27, 2007 - Charles M. Balch, M.D. FACS, was awarded the 2007 Special Recognition Award at this year’s American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO) meeting in Chicago. An acclaimed cancer specialist with Johns Hopkins University and the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center in Baltimore, Dr. Balch was honored for his influence as a leader in the oncology community, specifically for his contributions in the fields of melanoma and breast cancer and his extensive service to ASCO.

Dr. Balch is the medical editor of the Patient Resource cancer guide, which provides consumers with a single-source, comprehensive resource of cancer treatment centers, strategies, advice and hope. The 128-page directory is available free of charge at more than 6,000 cancer clinics and doctor’s offices nationwide.

“This is a first in the world of cancer,” said Balch. “The directory answers many of the complex questions a cancer patient has after hearing their diagnosis. It presents thorough, reliable information during the toughest health challenge of your life.

“Don’t take a ‘wait and see’ attitude when it comes to your health and well-being,” he said. “Take the steps now to educate yourself and learn what’s available to you. It could save your life. I truly believe that an informed and educated cancer patient will find a way to get the best care…..and live better and longer,” said Dr. Balch.