FOR RELEASE: 8/30/2011Contact: John Cappiello, (203) 384-3637

TODAY Show co-host Hoda Kotb to speak at Bridgeport Hospital’s free One-Day Cancer College in Trumbull Sept. 17

Hoda Kotb, breast cancer survivor and award-winning co-host of NBC’s Emmy-winning TODAY show, will be the keynote speaker at Bridgeport Hospital’s free One-Day Cancer College, Saturday, Sept. 17, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., at the Trumbull Marriott, 180 Hawley Lane. Registration is required.
Call 1-888-357-2396. Hoda Kotb, co-host of NBC's TODAY show

Diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2007, Kotb, co-host of the fourth hour of TODAY with Kathie Lee Gifford, has been part of several initiatives to raise awareness about the disease. She has won numerous journalism awards for her work and is the author of the best-selling book Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer and Kathie Lee.

Kotb began her broadcast career with CBS News as a news assistant in Cairo, Egypt. She then worked as an anchor and reporter for CBS and ABC affiliates in Mississippi, Illinois, Florida, and New Orleans. She joined NBC as a Dateline correspondent in 1998 and has covered events around the globe, including the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast of the United States.

The Cancer College, sponsored by the Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute at Bridgeport Hospital and now in its fourth year, will also include the following speakers and topics:

Breast Cancer

Session 1, 9:45–10:30 a.m.: Surgical Treatments for Breast Cancer, Mary Pronovost, MD; Session 2, 10:45–11:30 a.m.: Managing Breast Cancer with Medication, Neal Fischbach, MD; Session 3, 1:15–2:00 p.m.: DIEP Flap & Other Advances in Breast Reconstruction, Anke Ott-Young, MD, PhD

Gastrointestinal Cancer

Session 1, 9:45–10:30 a.m.: Treating Liver Cancer, Terence Hughes, MD; Session 2, 10:45 –11:30 a.m.: New Treatments for Colon Cancer, Scott Thornton, MD; Session 3, 1:15–2:00 p.m.: The Heat is On: Radiofrequency Ablation, Andrew Bedford, MD

Genitourinary Cancer

Session 1, 9:45–10:30 a.m.: Advances in Robotic Surgery, Jonathan Bernie, MD; Session 2, 10:45–11:30 a.m.: Managing Breast Cancer with Medication, Neal Fischbach, MD; Session 3, 1:15–2:00 p.m.: Managing the Side Effects of Prostate Cancer, Jeremy Kaufman, MD

Gynecologic Cancer

Session 1, 9:45–10:30 a.m.: Treatment Options for Ovarian Cancer, Dan-Arin Silasi, MD; Session 2, 10:45–11:30 a.m.: Robotic Surgery for Uterine & Other Gynecologic Cancers, Masoud Azodi, MD; Session 3, 1:15–2:00 p.m.: Radiation Treatment for Gynecologic Cancers, Sheida Mani, MD

Thoracic Cancer

Session 1, 9:45–10:30 a.m.: New Diagnostic & Treatment Options for Lung Cancer, Robert Folman, MD; Session 2, 10:45–11:30 a.m.: Nutrition & Cancer: Managing Your Side Effects Through Diet, Melissa Castelluzzo, registered dietitian; Session 3, 1:15–2:00 p.m.: Improving Quality of Life with Palliative Care, Beata Skudlarska, MD

Bonus Track: Mind, Body & Spirit

Session 1, 9:45–10:30 a.m.: The Gene Factor, Sally Cascella, RN; Session 2, 10:45–11:30 a.m.: Integrating Naturopathic Therapy, Veronica Waks, MD, ND; Session 3, 1:15–2:00 p.m.: Why Do I Feel This Way? Emotional Reactions to Cancer, Mindy Hersh, psychologist

Attendees have the option of staying in one track or attending lectures in different tracks.

Kotb will speak during lunch, 11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and will conduct a book signing beginning at 2:00 p.m. There will be a special post-event presentation, “Coping with Cancer Finances,” presented by MetLife, 2:30–3:30 p.m. Registration is required for the Cancer College and MetLife presentation. For information or to register, call toll free 1-888-357-2396.

The Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute at Bridgeport Hospital provides care to over 1,000 newly-diagnosed cancer patients each year, more than any other hospital in Fairfield County. The hospital is a member of the Yale-New Haven Cancer Network, an alliance of hospitals across Connecticut that provides access to the latest breakthroughs and delivers an unparalleled level of expertise in cancer, prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

The Cancer Institute continues to expand its services for patients at Bridgeport Hospital and in the community. During the past year, enhancements at the hospital have included a new chemotherapy suite and patient/family lounge as well as new quarters for the Dr. Richard W. Kmetzo Cancer Resource Center. Work continues on a new radiation therapy center at the Norma F. Pfriem Park Avenue Campus in Trumbull. When completed later this year, the radiation therapy facility will combine with existing cancer services at the same site to form a comprehensive outpatient satellite cancer center.

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Part of Yale New Haven Health System, Bridgeport Hospital is a 383-bed acute care hospital (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital) serving parts of Fairfield and New Haven counties. The hospital admits more than 18,000 patients and receives more than 240,000 outpatient visits annually.