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HEAD AND NECK CANCER TREATMENT at Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center

What Sets Penn's Head and Neck Cancer Program Apart?

Interdisciplinary Center for Head and Neck Cancer.

any other hospital in the region. Our center performs twice as many head and neck cancer procedures as any other Greater Philadelphia hospital. By putting this experience to work, we offer our patients the best possible treatment outcomes.

and are currently testing such innovative treatments as hyperbaric oxygen as a way to restore blood flow after surgery through a $10 million National Institutes for Health grant.

of-the-art techniques to restore appearance and function.

the East Coast. Our thyroid team is comprised of special- ists who are experts in the field of surgery, endocrinology, patholog , cytolog , and nuclear medicine. They are leaders in their fields, aware of the most current research about thyroid cancer and experienced in offering the best possible treatment options.

integrated medical and surgical management for patients with thyroid cancer. Including minimally invasive ultrasound-guided needle biopsy of the thyroid and state-of-the-art imaging using such advanced technology as Positron Emission Tomography (PET).

three times as many parathyroid operations—as other area hospitals.

non-surgical approaches to preserve the voice box while treating and controlling the cancer, including minimally invasive laser surgery, performed through the mouth using endoscopy and supracricoid partial laryngectomy, which preserves speech, breathing and swallowing without a permanent tracheostomy.

approaches, such as radiation therapy alone or combined with chemotherapy. Depending on the extent of the initial cancer, non-surgical approaches may be the best way to save the voice box and cure the cancer.

comprehensive and largest to date—that demonstrate the effective use of the daVinci Surgical Robotic System® to perform Trans-Oral Robotic Surgery (TORS) which greatly reduces surgical trauma for patients. Our physicians anticipate that the application of the daVinci System to treat mouth and throat cancers will allow for complete tumor removal while helping to preserve voice and swallowing function. The daVinci Robot has been FDA- approved and successfully integrated into cardiac and urologic surgery. Patients are reaping the benefits with decreased bleeding, less pain, and are able to return to work sooner.

diagnostic and surgical expertise in tumors affecting the base of the skull and brain. We offer a wide range of surgical approaches to maximize long-term results while limiting the involvement of non-cancerous areas during surgery.

cutting-edge, minimally-invasive and endoscopic approach to tumors. This approach, which minimizes external incisions, aids in quicker recovery, less pain, and improved cosmetic outcome.

including: magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), magnetic resonance angiography (MRA), functional MRI, thin-cut computerized tomography (CT), three-dimensional CT angiography, cerebral blood flow studies, and super selective angiography for precise understanding of the location and size of cranial base tumors, critical to treatment planning.

cranial base cancer surgery include: neurophysiological monitoring to provide real-time information about brain and nerve function resulting in increased safety and decreased length of surgery; and the use of microcatheters and angiography to improve the ability to see vessels during surgery and thus, reduce blood loss.

provided in the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit which is dedicated to caring for patients having surgery involving the central nervous system.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2007

8:30 AM – 3:45 PM

Hilton Hotel 4200 City Avenue Philadelphia, PA

An Educational Conference for Those Affected by Head and Neck Cancer

Conference Faculty from the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania:

Zubair Baloch, MD Associate Professo , Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Dell Burkey, MD Clinical Associate Professo , Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Lauren Campe, MA, CCC-SLP Speech Language Pathology

Ara Chalian, MD Associate Professo , Otorhinolaryngology Directo , Facial Plastic Reconstruction

Katrina Claghorn, MS, RD, LDN Clinical Dietician Specialist Patient and Family Services

Patricia Doole , MS, CCC-SLP Speech Language Pathology

Douglas Fraker, MD Associate Professo , Surgery (Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery) Chief, Division of Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery

Nicole Holland, MSN, CRNP Advanced Practice Nurse Otorhinolaryngolog , Head and Neck Surgery

Gregory Garber, MSW, LSW Cancer Counselor Patient and Family Services

Sarah Kagan, PhD, RN Professo , Nursing (Gerontological) Advanced Practice Nurse, Otorhinolaryngolog , Head and Neck Surgery

James Kearne , MD, FACS Chief, Otorhinolaryngology & Head and Neck Surger , Pennsylvania Hospital

Rachel Kelz, MD Clinical Assistant Professo , Surgery (Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery)

Virgina Livolsi, MD Professo , Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Laurie Loevner, MD Professo , Radiology

Susan Mandel, MD, MPH Associate Professo , Medicine Endocrinology Associate Chief, Clinical Affairs, Endocrinology

Jason G. Newman, MD, FACS Assistant Professo , Otorhinolaryngolog , Head and Neck Surgery

Michelle Macaluso, MSN, CRNP Advanced Practice Nurse, Otorhinolaryngolog , Head and Neck Surgery

Nina Mirarchi, BA


ork Intern

Patient and Family Services

Bert O’Malley Jr., MD Professo , Otorhinolaryngology Chai , Department of Otorhinolaryngology Co-Directo , Center for Head and Neck Cancer

Faith Mutale, MSN, CRNP Advanced Practice Nurse, Hematology/Oncology

Harry Quon, MD Assistant Professo , Radiation Oncology Directo , Head and Neck Radiation Oncology Associate Directo , Center for Head and Neck Cancer

Kendra Schaefer, DMD Dentist, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Robert Schnoll, PhD Assistant Professo , Psychiatry

Matthew Schwartz, MD Clinical Assistant Professo , Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Duane Sewell, MD Assistant Professo , Otorhinolaryngolog , Head and Neck Surgery

Eric Sherman, MD Assistant Professo , Medicine (Hematology/Oncology)

Ruth Steinman, MD Clinical Associate Professo , Psychiatry

Erica Thaler, MD Associate Professo , Otorhinolaryngology Chief, Division of General Otolaryngolog , Penn Medicine at Radnor

Janet Walsh, RN Clinical Nurse, Endocrinology

Stefanie Washburn, MSW, LSW Patient Service Coordinator Patient and Family Services

Gregory Weinstein, MD, FACS Professo , Otorhinolaryngology Vice Chairman, Department of Otorhinolaryngology Directo , Head and Neck Surgery Division Co-Directo , Center for Head and Neck Cancer

Experience the Penn Difference: Innovative Research…Comprehensive Care…Service Excellence

in diagnosing and treating head and neck cancers

translation to patient care

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