Wilmot Creates Support Group for People with Oral, Head & Neck Cancers

March 29, 2006

Yuhchyau Chen, M.D., Ph.D.

Treatment of oral, head and neck cancers will be discussed during a 4 p.m. Thursday, April 6, meeting of a new support group formed by the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Yuhchyau Chen, M.D., radiation oncologist, will lead the discussion about treatments for oral, nasal, laryngeal, pharynx, and salivary gland cancers.

The meeting is open to anyone who has been diagnosed with the cancers and will be held at the Wilmot Cancer Center. Free parking is available.  The group will meet on the first Thursday of each month from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Head and neck cancers account for approximately 3 to 5 percent of all cancers in the United States. These cancers are more common in men and in people over age 50. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 40,000 people will be diagnosed head and neck cancer this year.

For more information about the support group, which is a local chapter of the national Society for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer, call Sandra Sabatka, L.M.S.W., at (585) 275-4631.

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