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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 AmericasDoctor.com and can be accessed
by entering through the www.AmericasDoctor.com home page under "Upcoming
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 otolaryngologyhead
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 www.uihealthcare.com and
clicking on the AmericasDoctor.com logo at the bottom of the page.
UI Health Care's partnership with AmericasDoctor.com 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.