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Release: April 11, 2000

UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on head, neck cancer

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Timothy M. McCulloch, M.D., an otolaryngologist with University of Iowa Health Care, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion on head and neck cancer with a nationwide audience from 7 to 8 p.m. (CST) Wednesday, April 12, 2000.

The online chat will be hosted by and can be accessed by entering through the home page under "Upcoming Events."

Head and neck cancer is the term given to a variety of malignant tumors that may occur in the head and neck region -- namely, the mouth, throat, sinuses and nasal cavity, larynx, thyroid, and salivary glands, as well as lesions of facial and neck skin and the cervical lymph nodes. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 60,000 Americans were diagnosed with head and neck cancer in 1998, excluding superficial skin cancers. Coping with this type of cancer can be extremely difficult. Not only can the diagnosis be life threatening, but many patients -- as a result of the disease and its treatment -- must also endure changes in facial and neck appearance as well as alterations in speech, sight, smell, chewing, swallowing and taste perception.

McCulloch, an associate professor in the UI department of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery, received his medical degree at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Lincoln. He completed residencies in surgery and in otolaryngology at the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals in Seattle, Wash. He joined the UI faculty in 1991.

McCulloch is a member of the Academy of Otolaryngology, the American College of Surgeons, the North American Skull Base Society and the Dysphagia Research Society. He is currently president of the Iowa Academy of Otolaryngology. His clinical expertise is in head and neck oncology, swallowing disorders, head and neck reconstruction, and skull base disease.

A calendar of other upcoming chats by UI Health Care professionals and dialogue from past chats can be accessed by logging on to and clicking on the logo at the bottom of the page.

UI Health Care's partnership with is part of an increasing trend in health care toward enhancing consumer services through the Internet. According to recent statistics compiled by Cyber Dialogue, a New York firm that tracks Internet commerce, there are approximately 22 million World Wide Web users seeking health information over the Internet. Cyber Dialogue projects that number to increase to 33 million over the next year.