Free Thyroid Cancer Seminar To Be Held in Pittsburgh on September 8

On Saturday, September 8, 2007, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association are sponsoring a Thyroid Cancer Seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. PLEASE NOTE: NEW LOCATION: The William Pitt Student Union Ballroom (on University of Pittsburgh campus), 3959 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15260.

This program is free and open to everyone interested in learning about thyroid cancer, including people at all phases of testing, treatment, and followup, as well as their family members and friends.

Several physicians, plus a dentist and a psychologist from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Cancer Institute, and School of Dental Medicine will speak and answer questions about thyroid cancer diagnosis, surgery, radioactive iodine treatment, oral and dental complications and care, thyroid hormone replacement, follow-up testing and long-term management of thyroid cancer, and coping skills for well-being.

Speakers include Shane O. LeBeau, M.D., Endocrinologist; Robert L. Ferris, M.D., Ph.D., Surgeon; James M. Mountz, M.D., Ph.D., Nuclear Medicine Specialist; James Guggenheimer, D.D.S., Professor of Oral Medicine; Haruko A. Kuffner, M.D., M.S., Director, Multidisciplinary Thyroid Cancer Program; additional physician specialists; and Paul Friday, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist.

Attendees may register on site and may come for part or all of the day. Lunch will be provided. The event was organized by the ThyCa Pittsburgh-UPMC Thyroid Cancer Support Group.  For more information, e-mail to or phone Cindy Valko at 412-586-9714 or Ralph Zottola at 412-977-1571.

ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc., is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization of thyroid cancer survivors, families, and health care professionals, advised by thyroid cancer specialists. For free brochures and more information about ThyCa’s free year-round support services, awareness materials and other publications, and special events, e-mail to, call toll-free 1-877-588-7904, write to PO Box 1545, New York, NY 10159-1545, or visit