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Our HNCA Blog highlights and conveys HNCA’s leadership, advocates, survivors and patients viewpoints on the latest in cancer research, patient care, health care and news as it pertains to the national and worldwide cancer community.

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HPV-Attributed Head and Neck Cancer: A New Treatment on the Horizon

By Dr. Lauren V. Wood, Chief Medical Officer of PDS Biotech Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common viral infection of the skin, the lining of the mouth, throat, genitals, and anal area. Most people with HPV don’t have any symptoms and their immune system generally gets rid of the infection without any treatment. However, in.


Support Resources for Head and Neck Cancer Patients, Survivors and Caregivers

You are not alone. Statistics have shown that head and neck cancer survivors are twice as likely to be at risk of suicide than other individuals with cancer. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance wishes to remind head and neck cancer survivors, patients and caregivers, that you are.


The Story Behind the Smash Cancer Tennis Tournament: The Howard Family

Beatrice Lillian Howard: February 4, 1932 – April 22, 1968 Leslie C Howard: June 19, 1932 – September 2, 2004 The Howard Family As children, my brothers, sisters and I feared becoming orphans. Then, as we grew into responsible adults we had no bigger fear than to leave our children as orphans. Odd though, because.


Re-Learning to Talk, Swallow, and Eat: A Caregiver’s Perspective

By the time my husband, Sean, was diagnosed with tongue cancer, he had already lived through a bone marrow transplant. While it was terrifying to now have a diagnosis with “cancer” in the title, he had been brought right up to death’s door during the transplant process and lived to tell the tale, which left.


Safety of Celebrating the Spring Holidays with Family and Friends for Head and Neck Cancer Patients

The upcoming spring holidays (Easter, Passover and Ramadan) create challenges for those who are looking forward to celebrating them in person with friends and family. The availability of vaccination against the virus made it easier to resume the tradition of in-person celebration although the risk of acquiring the infection can be high in some situations..


HNCA Ambassador and Oral Cancer Survivor, Jacki Rogozinski, Shares Her Experience with Lymphedema (Part 2)

The greatest likelihood of developing lymphedema occurs in the first five years after cancer treatment, although the risk is lifelong. I started seeing symptoms quite soon, within a couple of months after treatment. Because lymphedema is a progressive condition, one that worsens over time if left untreated, early intervention will lead to the best outcomes..


HNCA Stands in Solidarity with the Asian American Community Against Racism

The Head & Neck Cancer Alliance grieves the recent deaths of the eight people killed in Atlanta. We join our colleagues across the nation to stand in solidarity against anti-Asian racism. While racism targeted against Asians and Asian Americans is not new to our country, the rising surge of violence and the recent hate crimes.


HNCA Ambassador, Melvin LeBlanc’s Cancer Experience: Signs, Symptoms and Side Effects

A lump started forming on the right side of my neck just below my ear during the first two weeks of May 2018. I visited two clinics undergoing a total of 5 needle biopsies to the lump, with no conclusive results, but cancerous possibilities. I went to MD Anderson Cancer Center located in Houston Texas,.


HNCA Partners with Mediaplant for Oral Health Campaign

We’re proud to partner with Mediaplanet for its Oral Health campaign! The pandemic has interrupted our routines and caused many people to delay dental care and develop poor oral hygiene habits. This campaign will educate readers about the dangers of neglecting proper care and reassure people who have been hesitant to visit the dentist’s office..


HNCA is Partnering with Stand Up To Cancer to Fund for Cancer Research

HNCA is pleased to join Stand Up To Cancer® (SU2C), the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund (FARF), the Farrah Fawcett Foundation (FFF) and the American Head and Neck Society (AHNS) to fund $3.25 million in research grants to find new treatments for head and neck cancers, which are newly diagnosed in about 65,000 Americans every year..


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As a decade-long survivor of stage IV tongue cancer and Founder of WesternOhio Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Support, Hank refers to head and neck cancer as an “orphan” cancer: "Very little is known about head and neck cancer, and comparatively, it receives less attention than other cancers. HNCA is working to change this."Hank Deneski
Survivor of Stage IV tongue cancer and Founder of WesternOhio Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Support


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