Quality of life, living with & beyond cancer.
Lowell Cancer Centre, Lowell, USALearn More
H&N SurvivorLearn More
Talking about the Role of CarersLearn More
Speech & LanguageLearn More
H&N SurvivorLearn More
Chris Lewis FRSA, founder of 'Chris's Cancer Community,'' and co-founder of 'Your simPal.'Learn More
Oncology Nurse, USALearn More
FRCS Ed, FRCS Eng, FRCS (ORL)Learn More
Histopathologist RtdLearn More
Rare Cancer Patient SurvivorLearn More
DOHNS, FDSRCS, FRCS(OMFS)Learn More
Head of Biosciences, University of DerbyLearn More
Your simPalLearn More
PhD Student Newcastle UniversityLearn More
Vice-chairman of the Czech Society of Radiation OncologyLearn More
Lowell Cancer Centre, Lowell, USA
Arthur M. Lauretano, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S.
The Medical Director of the Lowell General Hospital Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Centre, and the Medical Director for Inpatient Specialty Services at Lowell General Hospital. He is a board-certified otolaryngologist/head and neck surgeon with a primary interest in head and neck neoplasms, thyroid and parathyroid disease, laryngology, and robotic surgery.
He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Medicine and a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School. He has also been a Clinical Instructor at Tufts University School of Medicine. He practices at Massachusetts Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates in Chelmsford, Massachusetts and operates primarily at Lowell General Hospital. He also operates and teaches residents and medical students at Lahey Hospital and Medical Centre, where he is a member of the otolaryngology staff, and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, where he is an associate member of the Head and Neck Oncology team.
Dr. Lauretano received a Master of Science in Health Informatics and Management in 2015 from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2015 and subsequently became board-certified in Clinical Informatics from the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He is the author of Do the Right Thing: A Surgeon’s Approach to Life, and writes a blog on www.drarthurlauretano.com. He is involved in community out-reach including head and neck cancer screenings as well as non-medical endeavors, including the Music and Youth.
On my Journey since Friday, 23th May 2011 I have listened and spoken lot of patients, carers and health professionals. With the knowledge and experiences I have gained on my Journey it is clear Patients need a voice.
Head and neck cancer is a life changing disease, affecting all aspects of your life eating, talking and socialising all becomes very hard to deal with. Support is essential to being able to get through it and no matter the person's gender, age, social status or background, basic support needs are often very similar. This is why the Swallows Charity was created and why they do what they do. There work in the UK and the 24/7 Support Line 07504 725 059, can hopefully provide this valuable support to patients, carers and survivors.
NHS consultant and honorary senior lecturer in psycho-oncology (a branch of liaison psychiatry). Main interests evidence base for diagnosis of mental illness (incl screening), mood disorders, quality of care, cognitive impairment.
I try to conduct clinically relevant mental health research that produces a meaningful answer. If you are interested in collaboration with me or need help analysing data from diagnostic studies, please get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org).
List of research interests: depression, quality of care, inequalities, clinician judgement, diagnosis, accuracy, validity, screening, scales and tools, MCI, dementia, primary care, physical illness, anxiety, diagnostic tools, meta-analysis, adherence and compliance, mortality, diabetes and metabolic syndrome, physical examination, neuropsychiatry, psychometrics, distress and others.
Speech & Language
Dr Jo Patterson, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer (Newcastle University) and Lead Speech & Language Therapist in ENT (Sunderland Royal Hospital) Jo qualified as a speech and language therapist from City University in 1991 and has since specialised in head and neck cancer rehabilitation. She completed her Masters in Advanced Dysphagia (swallowing disorders) in 2004 at Newcastle University. She was awarded a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) doctoral fellowship in 2005 and completed her PhD researching swallowing outcomes in head and neck cancer following chemoradiotherapy 2010.
Dr Jo Patterson completed a NIHR funded post-doctoral fellowship in 2016, exploring the psychological impact of dysphagia and continues to balance her time between clinical and academic work. Her research programme includes several funded early stage studies investigating eating and drinking interventions in head and neck cancer. She is a co-applicant on several multi-centre national and international trials related to swallowing difficulties. She is a keen advocate of involving patients in planning and prioritizing research projects.
Jo has published several peer-reviewed papers and book chapters http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ihs/staff/profile/joannepatterson.html#publications She is a Fellow and Professional Advisor for the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists, represents Speech & Language Therapy on the ENT national specialty group and is a council member for British Association Head and Neck Oncologists.
Talking about the Role of Carers
Dr Rob is one of the UK’s most popular and well-known media-doctors. A practising doctor he works in general practice and in a hospital sexual health clinic. Rob’s special interests encompass all aspects of family health, lifestyle management, and complementary therapy. He lives in Greater London with his family.
Rob is the resident doctor and a presenter on Sky TV’s ChrissyB Show. As an in-demand ‘go to’ media-medic he’s a sought after medical commentator and contributor. He has appeared as a medical expert on many national TV programmes including ITV’s This Morning and Good Morning Britain, Sky News, Channel 5 News, Channel 4 News, ITV News and BBC News, and on national and regional radio programmes including BBC Radio 5 Live, TalkSport, Classic FM and LBC.
A prolific health writer and medical journalist he is the People newspaper doctor, a Huffington Post blogger, and has columns in Prima Baby and Spectator Health magazines. He often contributes to the Daily Mail newspaper and the Mail on Sunday’s ‘You’ magazine. A highly-respected author Rob has written three books – ‘Control your blood pressure’, ‘Beat your allergies’, and his latest book ‘Old-Fashioned Remedies – From Arsenic to Gin’. He also contributes to numerous websites including NHS Choices and BootsWebMD. He is the medical script adviser to the award-winning BBC1 television drama series “Doctors”, and was also the medical consultant for the BBC2 series ‘Grow your own drugs’ and for Sky TV’s ‘Bigger than ….”.
Julie McCrossin (Australia), “gets people talking” Julie is renowned across Australia for her warmth, humour, intelligence, and commitment to social justice. After 20 years as a broadcaster with ABC Radio, ABC TV, and Network 10, she is now a freelance journalist, facilitator, trainer and speaker.
From private workshops with small groups of people to huge public events, Julie has built a reputation for bringing people together, getting them communicating and helping them achieve positive outcomes.
Chris Lewis FRSA, founder of 'Chris's Cancer Community,'' and co-founder of 'Your simPal.'
Chris is a long term cancer patient who has seen the many gaps in cancer support for survivors. His own experiences have led him to be a ‘disruptor,’ with his outspoken style of public speaking and regular postings to his website.
His work has won him many awards and has led to him being one of the major patient influencers within the cancer sector. Chris is known across the globe for his innovative approach to cancer survivorship, and his efforts to improve communication in the sector.
Working with charities and large healthcare organisations throughout the world, enables him to keep up with the latest trends.
As a co-founder of Your simPal Chris has created an innovative and unique platform to help with economic and isolation issues facing people affected by cancer. This works by giving free call/texts/data and phones where required to help keep people connected during a difficult time in their lives. This service is now active across the UK and will go international soon.
Oncology Nurse, USA
Claire Burke a registered nurse with 35 years of nursing experience in hospitals, home health and outpatient settings in the United States. She is a graduate of the George Mason University College of Health Sciences. Her nursing career has included experiences in emergency care, home infusion therapy, oncology and education. She is a member of the Oncology Nurses Society and Infusion Nurses Society and holds national certifications from both organizations.
Currently, she is employed as a healthcare educator, specializing in supportive care for people undergoing treatment for head and neck cancers. Additionally, she is enrolled in a graduate program and will earn a Master’s degree in Nursing Education in 2018. In the future she hopes to utilize her vast experiences to teach students about the art and science of nursing, including patient advocacy and personal wellness. Claire is passionate about educating healthcare practitioner’s, patients and family members in order to help people achieve the best possible health and wellness outcomes.
Claire lives just outside the District of Columbia in Alexandria, Virginia where she enjoys gardening, nature and reading in her spare time. She is very excited to participate in this conference and hopes to enjoy her first visit to the U.K.
FRCS Ed, FRCS Eng, FRCS (ORL)
Mr Ajay Nigam FRCS Ed, FRCS Eng, FRCS (ORL) is the Consultant at Lancashire ENT Services, with specialities in Ear, Nose and Throat, Rhinology and Head and Neck Surgery.
Special clinical interests include thyroid and other neck lumps including cancer, paediatric ear, nose and throat disorders and snoring.
Mr Nigam has research interests in the management of head and neck cancer.
Current NHS post: Consultant ENT and head and neck surgeon at Blackpool Victoria Hospital NHS Trust
Current membership of professional bodies: British Medical Association, British Association of Otolaryngology, British Association of Rhinology
Mr Nigam trained in general Otolaryngology in Cambridge and Birmingham and developed an interest in the management of head and neck cancer whilst working in Newcastle and Sunderland.
Awarded the TWJ Fellowship to work at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town where he gained experience in the management of advanced ear disease, cancer of the head & neck and penetrating neck injuries.
He has also developed an interest in performing functional endoscopic sinus surgery and minimally invasive treatment of snoring.
Have you ever wondered how a biopsy is confirmed as Cancer? Then don’t miss this fascinating speaker.
“The role of the Histopathologist in the Diagnosis and Management of Head & Neck Cancer"
Rare Cancer Patient Survivor 15 years from New Jersey, US
"In 2002, Dr. Sajjad Iqbal was given a 30% chance of living two years and no patient had survived five years at that time. He has survived 15 years—overcoming repeated recurrences of cancer by charting his own course of treatment. He is the longest living survivor of salivary duct carcinoma."
Sajjad Iqbal, MD, grew up in Pakistan and was raised by loving parents who imparted to him the importance of self-confidence, logical thinking, compassion, and perseverance—qualities that served him well through his personal and professional career. He immigrated to the United States in 1970, trained in prestigious hospitals in New York City, and spent thirty-five years running a pediatric practice in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
He used his experience and expertise in the medical field—supported by the strength of his family and his unwavering optimism—to diagnose his own deadly cancer of the parotid glands, which all his physicians had failed to recognize.
Iqbal has been married to his wife, Fauzia, for forty-two years. They have three children and two grandchildren.
MSc, DOHNS, FDSRCS, FRCS(OMFS)
Robotic Surgeon, Blackburn Hospital Appointed to the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospitals in July 2016. She is dually qualified in Dentistry from University of Malaya, and in Medicine from Guy's, King's and St Thomas' School of Medicine, University of London. She completed her Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery specialist training from the London, and Kent, Surrey and Sussex deaneries. During her training, she spent a year in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and completed the Diploma of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons. She was a Clinical Research Fellow at the Head & Neck unit, Aintree University Hospitals and undertook a Doctorate in Medicine (University of Liverpool) in the area of Head & Neck Cancer Survivorship and Quality of life. Before undertaking her current post, she worked as a Fellow of Head & Neck Oncology & Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Centre, Baltimore, US. Her specialised area of oral & maxillofacial surgery is Head & Neck Cancer and Reconstruction, and in particular, robotic surgery. She has published her work in scientific peer-reviewed journals, for which she has received awards and research grants.
Head of Biosciences, Deputy Head of Natural Sciences, College of Life and Natural Sciences, University of Derby
Dr Gillian Knight has been researching Human Papilloma Virus for the past 20 years with her work focused around how the virus causes cancer. In recent years she has focused on the role of HPV in Head & Neck disease. She is currently undertaking a number of clinical research studies into head & neck cancer and has collaborations with Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham and Royal Derby Hospital investigating the rates of oral HPV infection and the role the virus plays in development of neoplasia. I also conduct research into epidemiology of oral HPV infection in the healthy community to determine the rate of people infected with oral HPV and the life style choices that can influence infection.
Giving FREE prepaid sim cards and phones to people affected by cancer across the UK, this organisation is the only one in the world providing this service.
An innovative and exciting partnership between Blair Papworth and Chris Lewis is changing the way that cancer charities engage with their ‘customers.’ They have devised a system with no ‘red tape’ or means testing.
YoursimPal has expanded its reach quickly and is a working partner with several national charities, having recently gaining charitable status itself. Their cancer knowledge and experience has become a welcome resource for the many people who find themselves trapped in ‘cancer poverty.’
Mobile communication is no longer a luxury but a necessity for people affected by cancer, to help them stay in touch with their hospital, loved ones and friends. Technology is helping us solve many of the old issues and they are constantly looking at new ways of helping people. They are endeavouring to ensure that the people who need this technology can get it when they need it most.
PhD Student Newcastle University
Jennifer is currently undertaking a PhD at Newcastle University, after completing a masters in Health Psychology at UCL. This research project is on the routes patients take to a diagnosis of head and neck cancer, and the clinician’s role within this route. The study will include both patients and clinicians and intends to investigate the route taken by patients who have already been diagnosed to consider where improvements can be made to encourage earlier diagnosis.
Previous work has including work on an NIHR funded study on Cancer Survivorship (Queen Mary University, London) and on the effects of chemotherapy on cognitive performance (“Chemo-brain”) in Colo-rectal cancer patients (City University, London).
Vice-chairman of the Czech Society of Radiation Oncology
With a great deal of clinical experience as a radiation oncologist at several institutions, Dr. Jiří Kubeš is a specialist in prostate carcinoma as well as head and neck tumours. He is also Vice-chairman of the Czech Society of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics as well as being an active lecturer.
Tuesday & Wednesday
7th & 8th November 2017
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