To help cancer patients and their health-care teams learn how effective communication can improve a patient's health and well-being, the Champaign County chapter of the American Cancer Society and the UI College of Medicine are sponsoring a daylong seminar Sept. 11. "Cancer: Facing the Challenge Together" will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Chancellor Convention Center, Champaign. Keynote speaker Ann Barry Flood, a sociologist from Dartmouth Medical School and former UI College of Medicine professor, will focus on how good communication can improve the making of health-care decisions. She will be followed by a group of local health-care experts, as well as a cancer patient and a family member in a panel discussion of what makes an effective health-care team. Other sessions will focus on stress management, controlling pain, improving self-image and the healing power of touch. The fee for the seminar is $12.50 ($10 for students), which includes all sessions and a continental breakfast and lunch. More information is available by calling 356-9076.