Spanier discusses head and neck cancer tonight on WPSU-TV/FM

University Park, Pa. — This year, head and neck cancer will claim the lives of nearly 13,000 people in the United States and lead to facial disfigurement and problems talking, swallowing, and breathing in thousands more. The majority of these cancers are linked to tobacco and alcohol use. If detected early, these cancers are curable; but if not, patients could face death or the removal of parts of the face, tongue, cheek and lips. President Graham Spanier will offer new insight into study of head and neck cancer on the next edition of "To the Best of My Knowledge."

The live call-in program airs at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, on WPSU-TV and WPSU-FM. It also airs on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN).

President Spanier and his guest, Dr. David Goldenberg, associate professor of surgery at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and director of the program for head and neck cancer, will discuss cutting-edge treatment options and important prevention tips for those who may be at risk for head and neck cancer.

Dr. Goldenberg is the clinical leader of the Penn State Cancer Institute Head and Neck cancer team. The team is known for its outstanding expertise in the area of all neck and head tumors and aims to cure patients using state-of-the-art techniques. Dr. Goldenberg has researched and written extensively on head and neck cancers.

Viewers and listeners are invited to join the conversation with questions or comments by calling (800) 543-8242 or e-mailing during the broadcast.

A monthly feature on WPSU-TV and WPSU-FM, "To the Best of My Knowledge" features Penn State faculty, local experts and national guests in discussions on a variety of topics. In its 10th year of production, the program reaches viewers, Web users and listeners and allows the audience to communicate directly with Penn State's president.

WPSU serves central Pennsylvania with programming, educational services and community outreach. This public media service produces, acquires and distributes programs that address local interests and reflect the diverse cultural, political, geographic and demographic characteristics of an audience within central Pennsylvania.

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Last Updated May 26, 2009