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Release: April 5, 2000
UI Health Care specialists to lead online chats on cancer fatigue, brain
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Linda Abbott and Timothy Ryken, M.D., both with University
of Iowa Health Care, will each lead separate hour-long, online question-and-answer
discussions in the areas of their specialization with a nationwide audience
on Thursday, April 6.
The online chats will be hosted by AmericasDoctor.com and can be accessed
by entering through the www.AmericasDoctor.com
home page under "Upcoming Events."
Abbott, an advanced practice nurse in the UI Cancer Center, will discuss
cancer fatigue from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Cancer-related fatigue is the most common
and debilitating side effect of cancer and its treatment. Most people living
with cancer, and especially those living with lung cancer, experience mild
to extreme fatigue. Although a recent survey shows cancer-related fatigue
affects 76 percent of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, it is frequently
overlooked and undertreated.
Ryken, UI assistant professor of surgery and a staff neurosurgeon, will discuss
brain tumors from 6 to 7 p.m. Because of their location at the control center
for thought, emotion and physical function, brain tumors are difficult to
treat. Every year, more than 100,000 people in the United States are diagnosed
with a primary or metastatic brain tumor. Brain tumors are the second leading
cause of cancer death in children under age 15 and in young adults up to age
34. While approximately 44 percent of all primary brain tumors are benign,
they are unlike most benign tumors found elsewhere in the body, because they
may recur and may result in death.
Abbot received her bachelors and masters degrees in nursing at
the UI. She joined the staff of the UI Hospitals and Clinics in 1980. She
is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society and vice-president of the Eastern
Iowa Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society. Her clinical interest is in
cancer fatigue, issues in cancer care and symptom management in the person
living with cancer.
After receiving his medical degree from the UI College of Medicine, Ryken
completed his residency at the UI Hospitals and Clinics and a fellowship at
the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. He joined the UI faculty in 1998.
Ryken is a member of the Cambridge Society, the American Association of Cancer
Research and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. His clinical
interests are neurosurgery, glioblastomas, and brain tumors.
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 Cares 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.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care,
medical education and research programs and services they provide.