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Fox Chase Cancer Center Gives High Schoolers A Taste of Health Care Careers

By Lynne Adkins

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- More than 200 area high school students will learn about careers in health care during an event tomorrow at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

The daylong event will give students a chance to learn, hands on, about careers in caring for cancer patients.

Dr. Alana O'Reilly, assistant professor of cancer biology, says the students will get a firsthand view of diagnostics equipment and procedures such as MRIs and CAT scans, and will try their hand at suturing or robotic surgery -- but working on cantaloupes, bananas, or other fruit.

(Dr. Alana O'Reilly. Photo provided)

"After the clinical careers (discussions), students are going to go to 15 research labs and actually perform experiments that are directed at solving the cancer problem," Dr. O'Reilly (right) says, "and they're also going to learn about behavioral careers and business."

Fox Chase also offers a ten-week student lab research training course and a summerlong independent research project.

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