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Honor Society of Nursing Recognizes Researcher for Relief of Cancer Treatment Side Effects

Honor Society of Nursing Recognizes Researcher for Relief of Cancer Treatment Side Effects

Published 11-22-05

Submitted by Baxter International Inc.

INDIANAPOLIS and DEERFIELD, Ill. - In recognition of her 30 years of research and practice relieving the side effects of cancer treatment, the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, announced this weekend the selection of Marylin J. Dodd, RN, PhD, FAAN, to receive the 2005 Baxter International Foundation's Episteme Award.

For many patients with advanced cancer, the treatment is often more debilitating than the disease. Dodd receives the award for her study of self-care interventions to reduce the severity and distress of side effects related to cancer treatment.

Dodd was presented with the $15,000 award at a special ceremony at the society's biennial convention, held November 12-16, in Indianapolis, Ind. The Baxter International Foundation sponsors the Episteme Award, presented and selected by the Honor Society of Nursing.

Dodd is professor, associate dean of academic affairs, and the Sharon A. Lamb endowed chair in nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing. She is also director of the Research Center for Symptom Management.

"Professor Dodd and the Research Center for Symptom Management are internationally recognized for making an exceptional contribution to nursing care for patients with cancer and their families," said Honor Society of Nursing President Dan Pesut, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN. "The advances she has made to symptom management are outstanding, comprehensive and methodical. She has developed new knowledge, collaborated and cooperated with various healthcare disciplines, and helped prepare nurses to conduct research."

Dodd has published her research in more than 300 articles and chapters. She recently published the 4th edition of her textbook, Managing the Side Effects of Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy: A Guide for Patients and Their Families.

About The Episteme Award
The Baxter International Foundation's Episteme Award acknowledges a major breakthrough in nursing knowledge development that has resulted in a significant and recognizable benefit to the public. In the tradition of the Nobel Prize, the Episteme Award is presented to a person or team for highly significant research.

About The Honor Society of Nursing
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve the health of people worldwide through leadership and scholarship in practice, education and research. Founded in 1922, the Honor Society of Nursing has inducted more than 300,000 members. Members are active in more than 90 countries and include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. The society's 424 chapters are located at 523 institutions of higher education throughout the United States, as well as in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, the Netherlands, Pakistan and Taiwan. More information about the society can be found online at

About The Baxter International Foundation
The Baxter International Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX), helps organizations expand access to healthcare in the United States and around the world. The foundation, established in 1981, began to focus exclusively on increasing access to healthcare in 2002 - particularly for the disadvantaged and underserved - in communities where Baxter employees live and work.

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