Upcoming ‘Conversations LIVE’ to examine colon cancer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Despite recent headlines that colon cancer rates have dropped sharply, it is still the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society.

On the next "Conversations LIVE," host Patty Satalia and her guests, an oncologist, a surgeon and a colorectal cancer survivor, will talk about the symptoms and treatment options for colon cancer.

The 60-minute show is interactive, taking viewers’ phone calls, emails and questions via Twitter. Viewers can join the conversation by calling 800-543-8243 during the show, emailing connect@wpsu.org or tweeting @WPSU. "Conversations LIVE: Colon Cancer" will air at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 20, on WPSU-TV, WPSU-FM, WQLN-TV in Erie and online at www.wpsu.org.

Dr. Robert Khoo is a colorectal surgeon for Geisinger Health System. He has vast experience with laparoscopic colon resections, endoscopic microsurgery and reconstructive surgery for the colon. He has been board certified since 1987.

Dr. Hassan Sheikh is an assistant professor of medicine at the Penn State College of Medicine. He completed his fellowship training at Penn State Hershey Medical Center in hematology and oncology, and is now a staff oncologist at the Cancer Care Partnership, a joint venture of Mount Nittany Health and Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute to provide state-of-the-art, personalized care for outpatient hematology, medical oncology and infusion services.

Cheraine Stanford is a producer/director at Penn State Public Media. Stanford was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 32. She went through surgery and 12 rounds of chemotherapy.

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Last Updated March 27, 2014