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National Association of Medical Communicators Honors NBC’s Robert Bazell With Lifetime Achievement Award

The National Association of Medical Communicators (NAMC) has selected Robert Bazell, Chief Health and Science Correspondent for NBC News for its 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award. The honor was bestowed on Saturday, April 14, 2007, at NAMC’s annual awards banquet in Tampa Bay, Florida.

For more than 30 years, Mr. Bazell has been reporting on health, science, technology, and medicine throughout the United States and around the world in both broadcast and print media.

"We can count on Mr. Bazell for accurate, timely reporting. He is a television reporter who conveys solid scientific facts in a way that the viewing public finds understandable and interesting.  He has a long-standing history of looking ahead and working on the issues, not just responding to the medical hot topic of the day," said Dr. Brian Doyle, NAMC President, on the selection of Mr. Bazell to receive this award.

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Mr. Bazell began his journalism career in 1971 as a writer for the "News and Comment" section of Science magazine. A year later, he moved to The New York Post as a reporter. In 1976, before he joined NBC News, he was briefly a reporter with WNBC-TV, the NBC television station in New York. He is a 1967 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in biochemistry. He did graduate work in biology at the University of Sussex, England, in 1969, and was awarded a doctoral candidate degree in immunology at Berkeley.

Most recently, Mr. Bazell has written a book, HER-2: The Making of Herceptin, a Revolutionary Treatment for Breast Cancer.

Previous Lifetime Achievement Award winners include Drs. Timothy Johnson and Art Ulene, both pioneer physician broadcasters.

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Raising the Public's Awareness of Radiation Therapy

By Carol L. Kornmehl, M.D., FACRO  

Radiation oncology is probably the least understood area of medicine.  Unfortunately, misconceptions often keep people from receiving the radiation they need to best control their cancer.  

ASTROTo raise the public's awareness and understanding of radiation therapy, the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) has launched a public awareness campaign, to present the life-saving benefits of radiation therapy. Also, ASTRO has created brochures to help people better understand their radiation therapy options. These can be found online at http://www.astro.org/patient/treatment_information/.  

ASTRO's goal is to arm people with enough information so that they are knowledgeable about their treatment options before making a decision. This will ensure that they are comfortable with their choice for many years to come.   

Dr. Kornmehl is a board certified radiation oncologist and author of "The Best News About Radiation Therapy" (M. Evans, 2005).

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