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Keynote Speaker

Nancy L. Snyderman, MD is a Clinical Associate Professor in Penn’s Department of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surger , with expertise in treating patients with head and neck cancers. Dr. Snyderman served as medical correspondent for ABC News from 1987–2002, contributing to Prime ime Thursda , Good Morning America and 20/20. In 2006, she returned to television as NBC News’ Chief Medical Editor. Since 2003, she has served as the Vice President, Consumer Education at Johnson & Johnson where she headed a new educational initiative, Understanding Health, which focused on educating and informing the public about health and medicine.

Dr. Snyderman attended medical school at the University of Nebraska and continued with residencies in Pediatrics and Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Snyderman has had appointments at the University of California- San Francisco and California-Pacific Medical Center. Her medical work has been widely published in peer review medical journals and she is the recipient of numerous research grants from the American Cancer Societ , the Kellogg Foundation, and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

As a medical correspondent, Dr. Snyderman has reported on wide-ranging medical topics affecting both men and women. She has traveled the world and has reported from Eastern and Western Europe, Saudi Arabia during the Persian Gulf War, Russia, Somalia, Kosovo, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Her ABC News one-hour specials on alcoholism, women and stress, men and women’s brains, and aging have sparked national debates. In 2000, Dr. Snyderman co-founded Lluminari, a health education company that incorporates leading experts in women’s health. Lluminari currently advises Fortune 500 companies on health care issues and contributes to a monthly column in Oprah Winfrey’s magazine, O. Dr. Snyderman has received numerous awards for her broadcasting and is the author of three books: Dr. Nancy Snyderman’s Guide to Good Health for omen Over Fort , Necessary Journeys, and Girl in the Mirror: Mothers and Daughters in the ears of Adolescence. She also writes a monthly column for Good Housekeeping magazine.

WELCOME 8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am Welcome Jason G. Newman, MD, FACS, Conference Chair

GENERAL SESSION Keynote Address 9:15 am

Bridging the Gaps in Health Care Communication Between Consumers, Business, and Media: Implications for Those Affected by Head and Neck Cancers Nancy L. Snyderman, M.D.

9:45 am Advancing the Search for New Therapies to reat Head and Neck Cancers


einstein, MD, FACS

10:00 am Advancing Our Understanding of Prevention of Head and Neck Cancers

Robert Schnoll, PhD

10:15 am Break and Visit Exhibits


10:30 am The Latest Advancements in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Head and Neck Cancers

Our experts will cover important information on the range of head and neck cancers, including thyroid, cranial base, mouth, throat and voice box. Get the latest information on diagnosis, surger , reconstruction, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and clinical trials for your particular cancer.

Mouth, Throat, Voice Box and Cranial Base Cancers

Jason G. Newman, MD, FACS – Moderator


einstein, MD, FACS – Otorhinolaryngology

The Focus on Head and Neck Cancers Conference is being held in collaboration with the PENN Medicine Development Office. Attendees will receive communication from the PENN Medicine Development Office regarding the head and neck cancer program, the Abramson Cancer Center, and other topics. Participation in this conference is optional and patient privacy has been maintained. If you would prefer not to receive development materials, we will make reasonable efforts to honor such a request. Please send a written request with your name, and address to Tricia Bruning, Abramson Cancer Center Development Office, 3535 Market Street, Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Bert O’Malley Jr., MD – Otorhinolaryngology Harry Quon, MD – Radiation Oncology Eric Sherman, MD – Medical Oncology Laurie Loevne , MD – Radiology Kendra Schaefe , MD, DMD – Prosthedontics Duane Sewell, MD – Otorhinolaryngology

Thyroid Cancers

Ara Chalian, MD – Moderator Virgina Livolsi, MD – Pathology

An Educational Conference for Those Affected by Head and Neck Cancer

Thyroid Cancers (continued) James Kearne , MD, FACS – Otorhinolaryngology Rachel Kelz, MD – Endrocrine and Oncologic Surgery Douglas Frake , MD – Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery

Speech, Swallowing and Nutrition (continued) Lauren Campe, MA, CCC-SLP Katrina Claghorn, MS, RD, LDN Patricia Doole , MS, CCC-SLP

Erica Thale , MD – Otorhinolaryngology

Susan Mandel, MD, MPH – Endocrinology Zubair Baloch, MD – Pathology

12:30 pm Lunch

Every effort will be made to provide a suitable soft diet. Facilities for tube feedings will be available. e ask that you please bring your own supplies, including formula.

Pain Management and Rehabilitation

For those who experience pain, weakness, stiffness or other symptoms as a result of head and neck cancer and its treatment, there are ways to get relief. Our experts will discuss the latest advancements in managing pain and other symptoms such as swelling, tightness, dry mouth, neck and shoulder problems, and fatigue.


Dell Burke , MD Matthew Schwartz, MD

1:30 pm Case Conference

Learn how your team works together to present you with the best treatment options.

Jason G. Newman, MD, FACS – Moderator Ara Chalian, MD – Moderator Patricia Dool , M , CCC-SLP – Speech Language Pathology Douglas Frake , MD – Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery

Sarah Kagan, PhD, RN – Nursing Virgina Livolsi, MD – Pathology Susan Mandel, MD, MPH – Endocrinology Nina Mirarchi, BA – Patient and Family Services Laurie Loevne , MD – Radiology Bert O’Malley Jr., MD – Otorhinolaryngology Harry Quon, MD – Radiation Oncology Kendra Schaefe , DMD – Prosthedontics Eric Sherman, MD – Medical Oncology


einstein, MD, FACS – Otorhinolaryngology

Matthew Schwartz, MD – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Coping with Body Image and Sexuality Concerns

The effects of head and neck cancer and its treatment can often affect one’s sense of self and sexuality. Our experts will offer strategies to help you integrate altered appearance and function with your self-image and personal relationships.

Nicole Holland, MSN, CRNP Ruth Steinman, MD Stefanie ashburn, MSW, LSW

Survivor Issues: Surviving and Coping for Those with Mouth, Throat, and Voice Box Cancers

For those who have completed their initial treatment, this session will provide information about follow-up care, lifestyle factors that affect head and neck cancer, managing any side effects that may remain, cancer recurrence, moving on and finding your new “normal.”


Gregory Garbe , MSW, LSW Michelle Macaluso, MSN, CRNP Faith Mutale, MSN, CRNP

Survivorship: Moving



Effective symptom management can be the key to feeling better again. These workshops will provide valuable information on what you can do to manage and cope with the physical and emotional side effects of head and neck cancer and its treatment.

Please select one of the following to attend: 2:45 pm Speech, Swallowing and Nutrition

For those with head and neck cancer, treatments can make speech and swallowing difficult. Problems with swallowing can also impact the ability to maintain a healthy weight and nutritional status. A speech therapist and a nutritionist, who specialize in cancer, will provide valuable information help you manage and cope with these challenges.

Thyroid Cancer Survivor Issues

Whether you have recently started or completed thyroid cancer treatment; or are a long-time thyroid cancer survivor, you’ll benefit from the advice of our experts who will address your special concerns. Discussion topics will include thyroid hormone levels, healthy lifestyle strategies, and cancer recurrence.

Susan Mandel, MD, MPH Janet alsh, RN

3:45 pm Closing


To register or for more information, call 800-789-PENN or register online via OncoLink at oncolink.upenn.edu/conference/

Registration Deadline: Monday, April 9, 2007

Registration Fee $10 Per Person

Registration fee may be waived for financial difficulty. Scholarships are available. When calling or going on-line to register, please let us know if a scholarship is needed.

Registration fee may be paid online with credit card or on the day of the conference with cash, check or money order.

If you need overnight accommodations, call 215-879-3399 and ask to speak with Randy Schaller.

Self–parking is available at the Hilton and will be validated. For directions to the Hilton Hotel on City Avenue, call the hotel at 215-879-4000.

The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania gratefully acknowledges educational grants from the following:

Bristol-Myers Squibb sanofi aventis Viventia Biotech Inc. The Marshall-Reynolds Foundation

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