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Mental Health Issues in Head and Neck Cancer Patients Caused by the COVID – 19 Pandemic

By: Itzhak Brook, M.D. MSc., HNCA Board Member, HNCA Ambassador, Throat Cancer Survivor and Laryngectomee The current COVID-19 outbreak is spurring depression, fear, anxiety, and stress on a societal level. On an individual level, it may exacerbate anxiety and psychosis-like symptoms as well as lead to non-specific mental issues (e.g., mood problems, sleep issues, phobia-like.


HNCA Urges Rescheduling of Screening Events Due to COVID-19

Thank you for your participation in HNCA’s Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness (OHANCA) Program. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, screenings and other group activities are being placed on hold. We encourage sites to reschedule screening events for later in the year, working with your institution’s public health teams to determine the appropriate timing and venue to optimize the.


Cancer Treatment Education Workshop with Dr. Terry Day

HNCA Chairman of the Board, Dr. Terry Day, will be part of a free CancerCare Connect® Education Workshop/Teleconference on the topic of what’s new in the treatment of oral, head and neck cancer. The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15, 2020, from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM EST. Pre-registration is required. Register Today


Respiratory Infection Prevention for Laryngectomees

By: Itzhak Brook, M.D. MSc., HNCA Board Member, HNCA Ambassador, Throat Cancer Survivor and Laryngectomee Laryngectomees are more susceptible to respiratory infection because the air they inhale is not filtered by passing through the nose. Consequently, they are at increased risk of inhaling respiratory pathogens (viruses, bacteria, and fungi) directly into their lungs. Therefore, laryngectomees.


Actor Rob Paulsen Gives a Voice to Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness

The Head and Neck Cancer Alliance (HNCA) has selected voice actor Rob Paulsen as its official spokesperson for 2020. Paulsen will serve as the face and voice of HNCA’s Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness® Program (OHANCA®), which celebrates its 22nd year in 2020. The cornerstone of the annual initiative is Oral, Head and Neck.


Join HNCA to Find Inspiration and Hope Through the Power of Storytelling with the Newly Launched With Love, Me Program

This year, we’re continuing our partnership with Merck and Your Cancer Game Plan to help those impacted by cancer with the launch of a new program – With Love, Me. The new initiative features a series of heartfelt letters on www.WithLoveMe.com written by caregivers and cancer survivors to their newly diagnosed selves and other caregivers.


Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship Symposium Set for July 18, 2020 in Chicago

The nation’s leading head and neck cancer organizations are joining in partnership to host the Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship Symposium July 18, 2020, from 10am – 5pm in Chicago, IL. The Symposium, presented by the American Head and Neck Society and Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, along with the collaborative support of other organizations,.


Smash Cancer Tennis Tournament Celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2019

May 17-19, 2019 marked the 10th annual Smash Cancer Tennis Tournament in Wilmington, NC. The tournament was organized in 2009 by the Howard Family, who lost both of their parents, decades apart, from different forms of head and neck cancer. Their goal in creating the tournament was two-fold: 1.) to raise awareness of these cancers.


IA Immunization Summit featuring Dr. Moore and Jason Mendelsohn

HNCA president and executive board member, Dr. Michael Moore and Jason Mendelsohn were featured in today’s Immunization Summit as part of the two-day conference held in Altoona, Iowa and sponsored by the Iowa Department of Public Health, Immunization Program. Speakers talked about a variety of topics in relation to immunization such as the link between.


Immunotherapy Symposium in Chicago, IL

In collaboration with PeerView, HNCA will have one of our board members, Dr. Ezra Cohen, feature as the chair and presenter of the live dinner symposium. The expert panelist will be discussing the mapping progress of immune checkpoint inhibitors in head and neck cancer. The symposium will be held in Chicago, IL on May 31,.


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We don't know what the future holds. Let's work together to drum out head and neck cancer and take advantage of the free oral, head and neck cancer screenings during OHANCAW®.Rikki Rockett
Drummer of Poison, HPV-attributed Oropharyngeal Cancer Survivor, 2019 OHANCAW® Spokesperson

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