Patient Care

Talk on Swallowing for People with Head, Neck Cancers Sept. 3

Aug. 21, 2009

People with oral, head and neck cancers can learn more about treatments for esophageal strictures and swallowing problems during a discussion at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Thomas Watson, M.D., chief of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center, will lead the discussion and answer questions during the meeting of the Oral, Head and Neck Connection support group. The meeting will be in the Luellen Patient and Family Resource Center.

Head and neck cancers account for approximately 3 to 5 percent of all cancers in the country, affecting about 40,000 people each year. These cancers are more common in men and in people over age 50.

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) 276-4529, or Darlene Harmor, R.N., M.S., N.P., at (585) 273-3978.